Big Second Half Lifts Warren Girls to Third Straight Win

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Warren's Halle Kuzminski. Photo courtesy Aden Savko

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. – Warren erased a 5-point halftime deficit with a 19-point third quarter on its way to a 57-42 win over Panama (N.Y.) at the JCC Showcase.

The Panthers jumped out to a 19-9 lead at the end of the first quarter, thanks in large part to a 9-point outburst by Josephine Bailey. Warren settled things in the second quarter and outscored Panama, 11-6, to cut the lead to 25-20 at the half.

The Dragons’ offense exploded for 19 third-quarter points, including nine from Sammie Ruhlman. Halle Kuzminski scored seven of her game-high 17 points in the fourth quarter as the Dragons outscored the Panthers, 18-5.

After that 9-point, first-quarter outburst, the Dragons held Bailey scoreless for the rest of the game.

Mandy Brink led the Panthers with 17 points. Bailey had nine points and Kaitlyn Horton had six.

Kuzminski finished with a double-double, grabbing 10 rebounds to go along with her 17 points. Alana Stuart had 12 points, Ruhlman finished with 11, and Meea Irwin had six. Ruhlman and Irwin each dished out five assists.

The win was Warren’s third straight and the Dragons are now 5-4 following a 2-4 start to the season. They’ll start a 4-game road swing Tuesday at Bradford.