CV comes back to knock off Ephrata

By on January 8, 2014

Thanks to Kelly Liebl’s 18 first-half points, Ephrata appeared to be in good shape with a 33-24 lead Monday night in a key Section two battle at Conestoga Valley.

Unfortunately for the Lady Mounts, that was not the case as the Buckskins completely turned around the game in the second half and turned the nine-point deficit into a nine-points victory.

Led by Jada Dunsen, who scored 21 big points, CV out-scored Ephrata 30-12 over the final 16 minutes to grab the 54-45 decision.

With the loss, Ephrata (3-3) fell into a third-place tie in the section with Cocalico, while surprising CV improved to 4-2 (8-4 overall) to keep pace with Lebanon (4-2, 8-3) in first place atop the tight standings.

In addition to Dunsen, Natalie Waltz chipped in with 14 points for the Buckskins while Tricia Erb contributed nine. Liebl led all scorers with a game-high 23 points, while freshman Caroline Stauffer added 13 for Ephrata in the loss.

This past Friday at E-town, Ephrata built a 10-point first-half lead and held on for an eventual 39-34 victory in a defensive struggle.

The Lady Mounts led 15-11 after one quarter before holding the Bears scoreless in the second stanza to build the lead. It proved to be enough in the end as Stauffer led the way with a game-high 19 points. Kenzie Horst added nine for Ephrata while Jen Fairbanks led E-town (1-5, 3-8) with 12 on the night.

Up next, the Lady Mounts travel to Cocalico Wednesday (7:30 p.m.) for a rematch of last year’s Section Two playoff which was won by Ephrata. The Lady Mounts then return home Friday (7:30 p.m.) to face Lebanon in another big section battle.

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