HS Girls Basketball: Cumberland Valley's defense swarms Carlisle early to start 2-0
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HS Girls Basketball: Cumberland Valley's defense swarms Carlisle early to start 2-0

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CARLISLE — The Cumberland Valley girls basketball team shut out Carlisle in the first quarter on their way to a 56-25 Mid-Penn Commonwealth victory Wednesday night at Gene Evans Gymnasium.

The Eagles used stifling defense, forcing Carlisle into multiple turnovers and limiting the Herd’s chances on the offensive end with strong rebounding to race out to the early lead. Carlisle didn’t get on the board until 2:20 into the second quarter when Rachel Bell got a reverse layup to fall.

“It’s tough playing at Altoona last night and back-to-back when you have that long bus ride,” Carlisle head coach Scott Mitchell said. “That’s not an excuse, but you could just see we didn’t come out as fired up as we should have been.”

Cumberland Valley (2-0, 2-0 Commonwealth) struggled to get shots to fall for most of the game, but high energy efforts, particularly by Abbie Miller and Dejah Hill on the blocks, proved the catalyst for the Eagles.

Despite some minor injuries and illness limiting its early season, Cumberland Valley started to show its depth as the strength of this team. Nine players saw considerable playing time in a rotation where all nine also got in the scoring column.

Carlisle (2-2, 0-2 Commonwealth) came out of the halftime break energized as the Herd cut the Eagles’ lead down to single digits midway through the third quarter.

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“We got everything going because we were running the offense, working together, making good passes and getting good looks,” Mitchell said. “You’re not going to make every shot, but if you’re not taking good looks, you’re going to make less.”

But that’s when everything clicked for Cumberland Valley. The Eagles went on an impressive eight-minute run to put the contest out of reach.

“They got it to nine points,” Cumberland Valley head coach Bill Wolf said. “But then it seemed like we put it in an extra gear and ended up pulling away at the end.”

Julie Jekot and Kylie Holcomb led the Eagles with 12 points apiece. Miller chipped in 11 and Hill nine in the victory.

Bell was the lone Carlisle player to reach double-digits as the junior guard tallied 11 in the losing effort.

“It’s a snowball effect,” Mitchell said. “When one or two things go wrong, we feel like somebody has to take over instead of just relying on each other. It’s a challenge we just need to continue to work through. Young kids are going to make mistakes. We just have to continue to learn from those.”

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