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Beben leads Lady Rams to convincing win over Huntingdon

Defense wins championships and the way the Penns Valley girls basketball team played Wednesday, the future is very bright as the Penns Valley girls topped Huntingdon., winning 61-50.

Leading the way offensively for the Lady Rams was Leah Beben who finished as the high scorer with 19 points and eight rebounds.

Kailen Winkelblech notched a double-double finishing as the second high scorer for Penns Valley with 11 points and 11 boards.

Rounding out the double-digit scorers was Ann-Marie McMurtrie and Katie Romig third high scorers with 10 points and collected five rebounds.

Penns Valley out rebounded Huntingdon 39-25.

The Lady Cats were led by Alexis Troup’s 19-point effort.

The defense made it rough on the Bearcats offense, especially when they used the full court press.

“We put that in last week (the press) and we decided to try it again with it. They did well,” said Penns Valley coach Terrance Greene. “We just did little things different from the last time we ran it . But the girls adapted well. We haven’t played since Saturday so we really did t have much time but they are ballers and can adapt on the fly. We were very pleased with the effort. I’m not sure what the total was but I know we forced them into over 20 turnovers.

Penns Valley broke out of the first quarter rolling for a 22-10 advantage.

Beben got the scoring started with a bucket underneath.

Huntingdon cut the lead in half as Troup hit one-of-two from the charity stripe.

With a opportunistic defense, the Lady Rams spring-boarded off its defense for a 7-0. The run was sparked by a triple by Avery Dinges.

The Bearcats cut back into the lead going on a mini run of 3-0, cutting it to a 9-4 deficit.

But things started to sizzle on both sides of the court as the Lady Rams finished off an 11-0 run that would increase their lead to 20-4.

When the clock sounded on the first period, Penns Valley was in control with a 22-10 advantage.

Things kept rolling along for the blue and white as they continued to put the pressure on the Huntingdon offense, out scoring the Bearcats 7-4, leading 29-14.

Offensively, Beben led all scorers with five.

When the buzzer sounded and the two teams went into the intermission, the Lady Rams held a 37-22 lead.

Huntingdon started to try to chip away at the Rams’ lead as they outscored them 16-13 in the period, thanks to an 11-2 run, making it a 50-38 contest going into the final stanza.

Huntingdon continued to rally in the fourth and get the contest into single digits but it was too little too late as Penns Valley went onto the victory.

With the win, the Lady Rams improve to a record of 3-4 and a Mountain League Record of 3-1.

Next up for Penns Valley is Friday, February 5th vs Central. JV at 6 and Varsity at 7:30.

**Editors note that is the Lady Rams  Senior Night will be Saturday, February 13th vs Philipsburg-Oseceola.

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