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Penns Valley girls march on into second round

WINGATE – Ram tough.
The Penns Valley girls proved that they weren’t going to make this PIAA Class AAA a short one as they erased a 7-point second quarter lead by opponent Seton-LaSalle and never looked back en route to the 54-47 victory Friday night at the Bald Eagle Area high school gym.
Posting a strong second half defense, the Rams were bullish in the paint and held the Rebels leading scorer Latin Ziegler to only five points in the second half.
Penns Valley also held Seton’s Center Dynasty Shegog quiet as she posted only five points before leaving the game due to an injury.
Offensively, Penns Valley was led by the relentless attacks on the basket by Hannah Montminy and Isabella Culver.
Culver led all scorers with a game high 20-point effort. She also finished with a double-double, posting an 11-rebound effort to go along with her 20 points. She was clutch at the line, hitting 12-of-14.
Jordan Andrus pulled down 12 rebounds and six point effort.
In the first period, the Rams found themselves trailing for much of the period.
Montminy got the game going on the right foot as she hit an early triple.
The Rebels scored the next five before Paige Kubalak tied things with a runner in the lane.
After forcing a turn over on the Seton-LaSalle offensive possession, the Rams got the ball back and took back the lead on a lay up, making it 7-5 with 2:42 left.
Ziegler put her team back ahead with a triple of her own.
Culver pulled down the offensive rebound and was fouled going back up, putting her on the free throw line. She was 2-for-2 to give her team a 9-8 lead.
However, the Rebels went on a 6-0 run to take the lead going into the second quarter leading 14-9.
Despite having troubles with the Seton-LaSalle press, the Rams began to chip back into the Rebels lead.
However, early on Seton-LaSalle was able to build up a 19-12 advantage with 5:32 left until the intermission.
In the final five minutes, the Rams score two-of-three of the next baskets to pull within 20-17. It would be a triple by Andrus that would spark the comeback attempt.
The Rebels quieted the crowd temporarily as they were able to extend the lead back to seven on two consecutive trips down the court.
But like the champions they are, they finished the period with a Bang! Going on a 10-0 run. Eight of which came from the shooting hand of Culver.
When the teams went into the intermission, Penns Valley held the 27-24 lead.
Despite getting to as close as a one-point ball game at 35-34, the Rams would never relinquish the lead the rest of the way.
The Penns Valley defense would time and time again keep the Rebels from establishing any kind of inside dominance like Ziegler had in her 12-point first half.
When the dust settled in the last period, the Rams found themselves heading to the next round with the 54-47.

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