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January 14, 2014

Great Commission trips Cambria County Christian

MUNDYS CORNER — Sarah Clark averaged a basket per game for undefeated Great Commission prior to Tuesday night’s trip to Cambria County Christian.

The junior forward with bright orange shoes tallied 13 points and grabbed a game-best 23 rebounds in a 28-25 road victory over the Panthers.

“She’s averaging two points a game,” Great Commission coach Tyler Pepper said of Clark. “They tried to play our guards up top and she just owned the boards; owned the boards. I told them it was all about rebounds tonight and she just owned the boards. They were tough rebounds. Nothing weak out there.”

Clark had nine of her rebounds and a steal to go with seven points in the first half. Great Commission (8-0) built an 18-9 halftime advantage.

“The rebounding in the first half is what killed us,” Cambria County Christian coach Don Deyarmin said. “If we would have rebounded better in the first half it would have been a different outcome.”

Cambria County Christian junior Alexis Wolfe had 14 points to close within eight of 1,000. She had all nine of her team’s first-half points, and 14 of the Panthers’ first 16 points through three quarters.

“Alexis does everything well,” Deyarmin said. “She plays good defense. She shoots well. She’s just an all-around ballplayer.”

Junior Taylor Campbell, who was honored prior to the game for scoring her 1,000th point last week, had all seven of her points in the fourth quarter and seven of her eight rebounds in the second half as the Panthers closed an eight-point gap to three in the closing minutes.

“That’s the closest we’ve ever played them,” Deyarmin said. “They’ve usually beaten us by 20 points. We’re a lot better this year than last year.

“I think if there would have been another minute we would have taken care of it,” Deyarmin added. “We really played well. I was really proud of them.”

Pepper’s squad efficiently ran its offense throughout the contest, moving the ball and chewing up clock. The visitors withstood the late Cambria County charge.

“I’ve got three seniors that really learned how to pull back and keep themselves together even when a team makes a run,” Pepper said. “All of our girls are taught in practice to handle the ball, even our big girls because you never know when they’ll have to handle the ball.”

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