DuBOIS — The DuBois Central Catholic girls basketball team finished a home-and-home series with Kane on Monday evening with a 51-29 loss to the Lady Wolves at the Varischetti Sports Complex.
Like Friday’s game at Kane (18-1), the Lady Cardinals kept it close at halftime before falling behind late. On Monday, DCC kept it to within nine points at half before being outscored, 28-15, in the second half.
Like most teams in the district, DCC struggled with the Lady Wolves’ size as three of their five starters are around the 6’ feet tall mark.
“I would say that’s our worst matchup,” said Central coach Jordan Hoover. “We’re a relatively small team, and they’re probably the biggest team in our district. There are certain advantages that you’re just trying to neutralize, and I think to a degree we did that tonight.
“We were able to stay in striking distance for a while. We were down six at halftime up there, but it felt like a completely different game. This game felt competitive. That one up there didn’t.”
After Central’s Maia Cogley put in a layup off the opening tip, Kane went on a 14-0 run spanning the next four minutes to give themselves an early 12-point cushion.
Still, the Lady Cardinals fought back with a pair of jumpers from Jordan Kosko and Shayleigh Gulvas as Kane led 14-6 after the first quarter.
Kane was held off the board for nearly eight minutes between the first and second quarter before a Rachael Morgan layin with 4:28 left in the first half broke their drought.
DCC worked its way to a nine-point deficit and almost cut it to six as Ashley Wruble banked in a half-court shot. However, there was just 0.3 seconds left on the clock and the ball did not get out of Wruble’s hand in time for it to count.
The Lady Wolves led, 23-14, at halftime.
Kane put up a quick six points to start the second half to take a 29-14 advantage.
The Lady Cardinals never really got the push they needed to cut the deficit and trailed by double digits the rest of the half.
The Lady Wolves hit eight three-pointers in the game, including three from Trinity Clark, who finished the game with 21 points.
Gulvas paced DCC with seven points, while Wruble and Cogley had six points apiece.
Central Catholic (8-10) is back in action this evening on the road at Curwensville.