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Central Mountain 65, Philipsburg-Osceola 19

PO         8  3    5   3 – 19

CM      15 19 19 12- 65

Scoring: PO – Samantha Bainey 2 3-9 8, Lindsey Bordas 2 1-3 5, Kyleigh Kennedy 0 2-2 2, Ivy Reed 0 2-2 2, Camden Potter 1 0-0 2. Totals 5 8-17 19.

CM: Kiahna Jones 5 0-1 10, Avery Baker 4 0-0 10, Alyssa Fisher 3 1-2 9, Quinnlynn McCann 14 4-5 34. Totals 22 5-9 65.

Played but didn’t score: PO – Alayna Webster 0 0-0 0, Cassie Butterworth 0 0-0 0, Ruby Pinto 0 0-1 0, Lauren Sinclair 0 0-0 0, Reagan Thorp 0 0-0 0. CM – Mackenzie Walsh 0 0-1 0, Tara Mader 0 0-0 0, Faith Carter 0 0-1 0, Reese Doyle  0 0-0 0, Miller Fravel 0 0-0 0.

3-point shots: PO – Bainey. CM – Baker 2, Fisher 2, McCann 2.

By Kenny Varner

MILL HALL – What an opening game!

The Central Mountain girls basketball team made an early state in its first game of the year as they blew past Philipsburg-Osceola Saturday afternoon 65-19.

Three of Wildcats finished the game in double figures.

Leading the way was Quinnlynn McCann who posted a 34-point effort while teammates Kiahna Jones and Avery Baker both finished with 10.

The Mounties finished with an 8-point effort by Samantha Bainey.

Teammate Lindsey Bordas was next with five points.

“I won’t lie, our preseason has been really up and down. We’ve really battled injuries. We haven’t had a full squad really since the first week.  So we’ve had line ups in and out and I was really concerned coming in,” said Central Mountain coach Scott Baker. “I was happy with the intensity level. Our guards rebounded fairly well and we do have a little size there this year and that’s nice. They are young and they are willing to get better.”

In the first half, the Mounties played tough early o as the game started out as a back and forth battle.

After a quick lay up by McCann, PO battled right back on a jumper by Bordas.

McCann, who was tough for the Mountie guards to handle, put her team back ahead on a steal and a bucket, 4-2.

Philipsburg took the lead thanks to a triple by Bainey at 6:38.

After a turnover by Central Mountain, Bainey put her team up 6-4, hitting 1-of-2 from the charity stripe.

But the lead wouldn’t last long as McCann tied things at six with a simple lay in.

On the following possession, the Mounties went ahead once again as Kyleigh Kennedy hit 2-of-2 from the foul line giving them an 8-6 advantage.

However, the Wildcats started to heat up offensively outscoring PO 9-0 the rest of the way in the quarter, leading 15-8 as the teams went into the second period.

McCann has the hot hand, finishing with an 8-point first period.

Highlighting the run was Baker’s buzzer beating triple.

The Wildcats defense clamped down in the second while its offense heated up.

After a bucket by the Mounties Camden Potter, Central Mountsin’s Alyssa Fisher opened the period hitting two points and Baker posted another triple upping the home teams lead to 19-10.

Lindsey Bordas broke the short Mountie scoring run with a lone foul shot, 19-11.

The rest of the first half belonged to the Wildcats as it sizzled offensively with an 8-0 run, taking an impressive 34-11 lead.

McCann again led the way, posting eight points in the period.

Things didn’t fare much better for Philipsburg in the second half as the Wildcats outscored PO 19-5 in the third.

Leading the scoring for Central was McCann with a 10-point effort.

Central Mountain finished the game as intense as it started by outscoring Philipsburg-Osceola 12-3 with McCann leading all scorers in the period as well en route to the 44-point victory.

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