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February 3, 2014

CORY ISENBERG | Rangers posting big wins

Despite several days off school due to weather woes, the latter part of last week had a number of important basketball games.

The Forest Hills girls handed Bishop Guilfoyle its first Laurel Highlands Conference loss of the season on Wednesday. What made the Rangers’ win even more impressive was that they came back from a 10-point first-quarter deficit and notched the win in the hostile environment of the Marauders’ gymnasium.

After outscoring Bishop Guilfoyle 17-6 in the second quarter, the defending District 6-AAA champion Rangers led 27-26 at the half. The teams were tied at 39 heading into the fourth, when the Rangers took the lead near the halfway point and never looked back, registering the 50-48 victory.

“We told the girls to go out and play hard for 32 minutes,” Forest Hills coach Carol Cecere said, noting that they had also beaten the Marauders two years ago in Altoona. “We came out and got behind, but we switched up our zone a little bit, putting an extra guard on the floor. With four true guards, we were able to control the ball better.”

There were plenty of heroes for the Rangers. Jill Scott had 15 points while Caitlyn Gallaher and Cecere’s daughter, Courtney, a freshman, both added 10 points. Alyssa Peretin was the team’s leading rebounder in the game with five.

“It was a great win and could have gone either way,” Coach Cecere said. “We felt that it was a big team win because whatever five were on the floor did their jobs. It was a big win for a team that is looking for its identity.

“Our goal is to keep getting better every game and get ready for the playoffs in February.”

Another big win was the Bishop McCort boys overtime victory at Richland, which moved the Crimson Crushers into the top spot in the Laurel Highlands Section 2 standings.

It was a mixed evening of success at Conemaugh Township on Thursday for Berlin Brothersvalley. The Mountaineers boys’ surprised the Indians while Conemaugh Township girls handed Berlin its first loss of the season.

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