White’s 34-point effort fells PV

By on December 17, 2014
Cocalico’s Natalie Sukanick (right) closely guards Ephrata’s Kasey Umana (11) during last Wednesday’s game in Ephrata. Lady Eagle Coach Tony DiMatteo is in back giving some instructons to his team. (Photo by Dick Wanner)

Cocalico’s Natalie Sukanick (right) closely guards Ephrata’s Kasey Umana (11) during last Wednesday’s game in Ephrata. Lady Eagle Coach Tony DiMatteo is in back giving some instructons to his team. (Photo by Dick Wanner)

The Cocalico girls basketball team came into the season considered a top challenger in their new Section Three home. And after three games, the Lady Eagles have certainly backed up that billing.

Monday night at Pequea Valley in a Section Three-Four crossover game, the Lady Eagles rolled to their third-straight win to start the season behind big nights from a couple of veterans.

Junior Emily White turned in a career-high 34 point effort while senior point guard Natalie Sukanick dished out 12 assists to lead Cocalico (2-0 Section Three, 3-0 overall) to a convincing 59-38 victory.

White certainly had it going in a big way as she made 15 field goals, including a pair of treys, and was a perfect 2-for-2 from the line. She also added 12 boards in the victory.

Fellow junior Megan Gingrich also made her presence felt with 12 points and 12 rebounds in the victory.

Pequea Valley (0-2 Section Four, 1-4 overall) was led by Alyssa Hershey, who dropped in 17.

Friday night in the league opener at home vs. Annville-Cleona, a 22-4 Lady Eagle start led to a big 57-31 victory over the Dutchmen.

Cocalico did it at both ends, earning 20 steals while three players finished in double figures. White led the way with 15 points while Emily Fassnacht and Sukanick both scored 10 points apiece for the winners.

Last Wednesday in the season opener at archrival Ephrata, Cocalico suffocated the Lady Mounts with a stifling defense which fueled an eventual 54-29 victory.

Cocalico jumped out to a 15-2 lead after one quarter and increased it to 32-8 at the half. Ephrata, which opened the season by winning the Fleetwood Tournament, had no answers. The Lady Mounts turned the ball over 18 times in the first half and 25 times for the game.

“We just said what we do best is defense, team defense,” Cocalico Coach Tony DiMatteo said following the win. “We wanted to set the tone, we wanted to communicate and shut down (Kelly) Liebl and (Caroline) Stauffer. I thought we did a nice job on that, and then we wanted to use transition the other way and push the ball up and get some easy shots.”

Liebl was limited to five points and Stauffer just two before both players fouled out in the second half.

As for the Cocalico offense, sophomore Emily Fassnacht was the difference as she scored 17 points to lead the way. White added 15 as the Lady Eagles rolled to the surprisingly easy win.

As for Ephrata, in addition to Wednesday’s loss, the Lady Mounts split the first two league games of the season on Friday and Monday evenings.

Friday night at Penn Manor, Ephrata responded with a 32-26 victory over the Comets in a Section One-Two crossover game.

Stauffer and Liebl combined for 28 of Ephrata’s 32 points with 15 and 13 points respectively. Mary Kate Wells paced the Comets (0-2 league, 2-3 overall) with 12 points on the night.

Monday night a home vs. Section One favorite Cedar Crest, Ephrata hung tough with the Falcons but didn’t have an answer for Cedar Crest sophomore center Alyssa Austin, who finished with 23 points and 17 rebounds to lead CC to a 55-41 victory.

Stauffer led Ephrata (1-1 section, 3-2 overall) with 16 points while Liebl chipped in with 11. Rachel Miller added 11 points for the winners, who improved to 2-0 in Section One play (3-1 overall).

This week, Ephrata travels to McCaskey Wednesday night, hosts Garden Spot Friday before playing at Lebanon next Tuesday night in what figures to be a key Section Two contest.

As for Cocalico, the Lady Eagles host Columbia Wednesday and Elco Friday before traveling to Northern Lebanon next Tuesday night.

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