SHEFFIELD, Pa. – Warren got off to a bit of a slow start during its second game in less than 24 hours, but an 11-3 run and stifling defense helped propel the Dragons to a 62-50 win over DuBois Central Catholic at Sheffield High School.
Warren was coming off a heartbreaking 43-41 loss to Erie on Friday night. With a minute to play in the first quarter, the Cardinals held a 17-10 lead.
Over the next 2:07, the Dragons went on an 11-3 run to take a 21-20 lead, their first of the game, with 6:53 to play in the second quarter. The teams traded points until DCC took a 24-23 lead midway through the quarter. Warren responded with a 9-0 to retake the lead.
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The Dragons never trailed again.
“We just started pushing the tempo more, getting them tired,” Warren’s Alyssa Farr said.
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Warren parlayed that run into a 37-31 halftime advantage.
DCC opened the third quarter with a 6-0 run, with Kayley Risser scoring all six points, to tie the game at 37-37 less than two minutes into the second half.
The Cardinals wouldn’t score again until Lexi Berta hit a 3-pointer 37 seconds into the fourth quarter.
Peyton Wotorson’s three ended DCC’s third-quarter run and started a 14-0 run for the Dragons. Warren pushed the advantage to 20, 60-40, early in the fourth quarter before pulling back to a clock-killing offensive game plan.
The game was played at Sheffield since the Wolverines play in a co-op with the Dragons.
Faith Jacob had a game-high 20 points for the Cardinals. She scored 18 of her 20 points in the first half. Risser was also in double figures with 14 points, and Berta had nine points.
Farr knocked down three 3-pointers on her way to a 12-point effort and Icyy Ink Player of the Game honors. Halle Kuzminski also scored 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Alana Stuart finished with 10 points.
“We just work as a team, best as we can, driving lanes, and kicking out whenever we can,” Farr said of the Dragons’ balanced offensive attack this season.
Sammie Ruhlman had eight points, eight rebounds, and seven assists. After being held scoreless for two games, leading scorer Peyton Wotorson hit a pair of threes to help her finish with seven points.
Warren will have 10 days off before playing its opening game in the JCC Christmas Tournament against Sacred Heart Academy (NY) on Dec. 27.