Sleeping on 999: Stauffer falls just shy of milestone as Lady Mounts fall to Central Dauphin

By on December 28, 2016
Ephrata’s Caroline Stauffer (22) battles Central Dauphin’s Faith St. Clair for a loose ball in first-period action in the Ephrata Holiday Tournament Tuesday. Photo by Mike Shull

Ephrata’s Caroline Stauffer (22) battles Central Dauphin’s Faith St. Clair for a loose ball in first-period action in the Ephrata Holiday Tournament Tuesday. Photo by Mike Shull

Ephrata’s Caroline Stauffer will have to wait at least one more day to become the eighth girl in school history to score 1,000-career points.

Tuesday night vs. Central Dauphin in the first round of the Ephrata Holiday Tournament, Stauffer came painstakingly close to the milestone, only to come up just short.

Needing nine points to reach 1,000 heading into the game, Stauffer connected on a three pointer with 2:29 left in the third to get to within one point with more than a quarter to play.

Unfortunately, despite getting several good looks down the stretch, she was unable to connect, going 0-for-5 from the field and 0-for-2 from the line the rest of the way in the 50-20 Central Dauphin victory.

So, Stauffer will sleep on 999 points before she and her Lady Mounts’ teammates get back on the court for Wednesday’s consolation game (2 p.m.) opposite Palmyra (5-4), which dropped a 50-41 decision to Manheim Township in Tuesday’s first round.

The Rams (6-2) and Blue Streaks (5-2) will meet in the championship game at 6 p.m.

Monday, Central Dauphin led from start to finish in the eventual 30-point rout. Sam Gress led the way with 17 points while Alexis Smith added 11.

Behind a swarming defense that produced 26 turnovers and an opportunistic transition game, the Rams bolted to a quick 12-1 lead after one quarter.

Ephrata (2-7) did get to within eight points (17-9) midway through the second quarter on a three pointer by freshman Gabi Gerola-Hill. However, CD out-scored the Lady Mounts 7-0 the rest of the way to take a 24-9 lead into the half.

The Rams then opened up 32-13 lead midway through the third before Stauffer connected on her lone three ball of the night to get to 999 career points. But it was too little, too late as CD continued to pull away.

“I see spurts of good things and then spurts of not quite so good,” Ephrata Coach Todd Moyer said of his young team’s performance. “The seniors are playing hard, the juniors are playing hard, but the freshmen and sophomores took a step back. It’s part of the learning process…a lot of it is growing pains.”

With the Rams running away with the win, the only suspense left in the fourth quarter was whether or not Stauffer would get to 1,000.

In the final minute, Moyer called a time-out to set up a play, but Stauffer was a bit long on her three-point try. On Ephrata’s next trip, she was fouled and went to the line with 17 seconds to go. Unfortunately, she came up empty on both attempts.

“We called a play for her (with 38 seconds left), and she had those two foul shots but unfortunately she couldn’t get them to go,” Moyer said. “Hey, we’ll just get them (Wednesday). I doubt she’s going to be shutout…we’ll get it (Wednesday).”

Stauffer’s nine points led the way for Ephrata.

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