Lady Mounts bounce Comets

By on December 18, 2013

Ephrata freshman Caroline Stauffer (22) takes a shot vs. Penn Manor Monday night. Stauffer continued her hot touch with 11 points in the Lady Mounts’ victory. (Photo by Preston Whitcraft)

Ephrata freshman Caroline Stauffer (22) takes a shot vs. Penn Manor Monday night. Stauffer continued her hot touch with 11 points in the Lady Mounts’ victory. (Photo by Preston Whitcraft)

The Ephrata girls basketball team evened its league record at 1-1 Monday night at home with a convincing 52-38 victory over Penn Manor in Section 1-2 crossover action.

The Lady Mounts (2-3 overall), who led 29-21 at the half before breaking it open with a 14-7 run in the third, had a balanced scoring attack with four players in double figures. Kelly Liebl led the way with 12 points while freshman Caroline Stauffer and senior Irene Lascarides each chipped in with 11. Sophomore Kenzie Horst also reached double digits with 10 points in the contest.

In addition to Monday’s contest, Ephrata also was in action in a pair of games late last week.

Last Friday night at McCaskey, the Lady Mounts opened league play with a tough 58-50 loss to the host Tornado. Holding a slight 23-19 lead at the half, McCaskey gradually pulled away in this tight-knit affair.

Ahnera Parker led the way for the winners with a game-high 20 points. Ayanda McGill-Jefferson added 16 while Paris Todd chipped in with 10. Ephrata’s backcourt tandem of Kelly Liebl and Stauffer also reached double figures, scoring 14 and 12 points respectively, in the loss.

In addition to Friday’s game, Ephrata hosted Exeter in a non-league contest last Wednesday evening. In that one, the visiting Eagles doubled up Ephrata in the first half, taking a 24-12 lead into the break. A 14-8 third quarter surge opened it up even more in the eventual 44-33 Eagle victory.

Jennifer Eck had 12 points, 11 rebounds and six assists to lead Exeter (4-0). Katye Johnson and Ali Snyder each added 10 points for the winners. Stauffer, who made four, three-pointers on the evening, was the lone Ephrata player in double figures as she led the way with 12. Kelly Liebl did add nine points for the Lady Mounts.

Up next, Ephrata travels to Neffsville for a tough assignment against unbeaten Manheim Township. The Lady Mounts then return home Friday night to face Solanco in the first Section Two game of the season.

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