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The Lady Rams take D6 opener despite strong effort from Bald Eagle Area

By Kenny Varner

WINGATE – They’re back at it again.

For the third time this season Mountain League foes Penns Valley and Bald Eagle Area met yet again, this time for the right to move on in the District 6 opening playoff contest Monday night at Bald Eagle Area High School.

With Bald Eagle taking the first two contests, the Lady Rams would manage to muscle out the victory 35-28.

Leading the offense for Penns Valley was Julia Emel with 12 and seven rebounds.

Teammate Scotty Dinges second high scorer with seven points while Kailen Winkelblech was third high scorer with six points.

Bald Eagle was led by Maddy Perry who posted 12-point game along with six rebounds.

Teammate Kierra Serb tallied 20 rebounds and six points.

Penns Valley out-rebounded Bald Eagle 44-39.

Things started off faster in the second half than the first half as Penns Valley went into the third quarter, leading by 11.

Perry got the Eagles started with a drive to the middle, cutting it to a 18-9 Penns Valley lead.

But the Lady Rams answered on the following two possessions when Kaitlyn Romig notched two consecutive field goals, extending the lead back to double digits.

Perry again scored this time she hit a triple with 5:00 minutes left in the period.

Dinges got two back as she went to the foul line and hit 2-of-2.

But Perry continued to sizzle as she added 2-of-2 herself after Penns Valley was called for a technical foul.

Penns Valley quickly recovered and finished the period on a 4-0 run.

The two teams went into the final stanza the Lady Rams held a 26-16 advantage.

Despite a small surge late in the game, Penns Valley was able to hold off the Lady Eagles as the Rams held on to take the contest by seven.

Early on, it would be the the

sharpshooting of Penns Valley guard Julia Emel that gave the Lady Rams a double-digit 18-7 advantage at the intermission.

Both defenses came in primed and ready as the two opened the game creating steals and turnovers as well as pulling down clutch defensive rebounds.

Penns Valley’s defense led the first period by putting a strangle hold on the Bald Eagle offense, holding the EGles two just one point.

The Lady Eagles were almost as successful holding Penns Valley to five.

Penns Valley’s next game is Wednesday, February 23rd, 7 pm at Forest Hills.

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