The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Local Sports

January 23, 2014

Shade girls overcome shortcomings

CAIRNBROOK — The Shade girls basketball team made only 1 of 13 first-quarter field goal attempts on Wednesday night.

The Panthers had difficulty contending with a significantly taller North Star lineup.

But coach Andy Muha’s squad displayed poise and tenacity when it counted most in the fourth quarter of Shade’s tense 47-43 WestPAC victory over the Cougars.

“Adversity,” Muha said after Shade improved to 11-2. “Every team we play is bigger than us by two or three inches a person.

“We’re small. We’ve got to run and play uptempo. We did that tonight. We created a lot of turnovers. I know they had a player hurt early and I know that didn’t help.”

North Star (10-6) faced plenty of its own adversity. Sophomore starting point guard Courtney Schrock left with an injury only 2 minutes, 7 seconds into a 4-all game and didn’t return. The Cougars also ran into early foul trouble as three starters each finished with four fouls.

“Losing my starting guard in the first few minutes didn’t help matters, but we’re not going to key on that,” North Star coach Randy Schrock said. “We have to learn how to battle through that.

“We got ourselves in some foul trouble and had to battle that the whole game. I think the girls played hard. Shade’s a good team. They’re scrappy. They hustled and they’re a well-coached team.”

See more photos from the game here

North Star led 9-7 after one quarter and 22-21 at intermission.

The Panthers pulled ahead 36-33 after three, and the teams remained close throughout the final eight minutes. Destiny Pruss’ two free throws with 26 seconds left set the final.

“We were fortunate,” Muha said. “We’ve had some close games early in the year when we weren’t as fortunate. We got a little lucky today and I’d rather be lucky than good.”

Sophomore point guard Emma Spinelli was a big factor. The 5-foot-2 playmaker had 28 points, seven steals and four rebounds.

“Spinelli did a real nice job,” Muha said. “Emma tries to win every game. That’s her competitiveness.”

Brittany Berkey had 10 rebounds for Shade, and Alexis Medva pulled down seven boards.

North Star’s 6-0 freshman center Jackie Stanko had 12 points and 11 rebounds despite contending with four fouls.

“Jackie does a good job on the boards,” coach Schrock said. “She’s averaging 11 or 12 a game. She’s a key for us. She had to do a lot of sitting with foul trouble and it hurt us.”

Kayla Rice had 12 rebounds and seven points, while also finishing with four fouls.

“I thought it was a great high school game,” coach Schrock said. “Both teams are pretty good young teams. Shade is a team to be reckoned with. I wish them luck in the South.”

Muha believes his players benefitted from winning a close game against a quality opponent.

“Winning is contagious and I think my girls are starting to believe,” Muha said. “One of our first losses was close at the end and it didn’t go our way. Against Township, it was 44-all with about 2 minutes to go and we melted. Tonight, we didn’t melt.”

Mike Mastovich is a sports writer for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/masty81.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local Sports
  • Penguins 0419 Blue Jackets outlast Pens in double-OT

    Matt Calvert banged home a rebound 1:10 into the second overtime and the Columbus Blue Jackets earned the first playoff victory in franchise history with a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night.
    Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury stuffed the initial shot by Cam Atkinson but Calvert stood all alone at the left post and wristed a shot into the open net to even the Eastern Conference quarterfinals at one game each.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Pirates 0419 Brewers rally to clip Pirates

    Ryan Braun hit two homers, including a two-run shot with two outs in the ninth inning that sent the Milwaukee Brewers over the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-7 Saturday night.
    Braun has five home runs this season after being suspended for the last 65 games of 2013 following Major League Baseball’s investigation into the Biogenesis drug scandal.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Area runners gearing for Boston Marathon

    The time was 12:15 p.m. It was Monday April 19, 1897.  Tom Burke had drawn a line across the dirt road with his foot. Eighteen men gathered near Metcalf’s Mill in Ashland, Massachusetts.

    April 19, 2014

  • SRU vs UPJ baseball0418 1 UPJ takes one, drops second

    John Fees’ spring baseball season accurately mirrors that of his Pitt-Johnstown team.
    Fees started slow, losing his first four decisions, but has rebounded nicely in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West Division.

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • Pirates 0418 Brewers ward off late Pirates rally bid

    Kyle Lohse pitched effectively into the seventh inning, Carlos Gomez homered and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-3 Friday night.
    Lohse (3-1) improved to 11-2 in his career against the Pirates, allowing one earned run in a win against them for the second time in six days.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Drama lacking sans Tiger

    If professional golf saw its future at Augusta National last weekend, the sight had to be worse than choking on a 5-foot putt.
    The course was there in all its splendor.

    April 18, 2014

  • Penguins 0418 Penguins are wary of spunky Blue Jackets

    Sidney Crosby is used to the attention. It comes with the territory when you’re the best hockey player in the world.
    Still, the Pittsburgh Penguins star knows the spotlight becomes more acute in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Pirates 0417 Pirates power past Brewers

    Andrew McCutchen hit his first homer of the season and drove in three runs, Pedro Alvarez had a three-run shot and pinch-hitter Josh Harrison broke a tie with a long ball in the seventh inning as the Pittsburgh Pirates handed the Milwaukee Brewers their first road loss, 11-2 on Thursday night.
    Harrison’s two-run drive down the left field line off Rob Wooten (0-1) was the second of his career as a pinch hitter.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Penguins 0417 Jackets preparing for Game 2

    The Columbus Blue Jackets don’t feel they’re doomed after blowing a two-goal lead in a Game 1 loss of their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
    “It’s not about missed chances, or feeling sorry about it,” goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky said at Thursday’s optional workout, 13 hours after falling 4-3 in Pittsburgh.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Local Sports Briefs

    April 17, 2014

AP Video
Raw: More Than 100,000 Gather for Easter Sunday Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest
Poll

Would you like to see the Johnstown Community Corrections Center remain open after its lease runs out on Oct. 11, 2015?

Yes
No
I'm not sure
     View Results
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide