With heavy hearts, Cards go on
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PINE GROVE - The Pine Grove girls' basketball team paid tribute to a fallen teammate with a key Schuylkill League Division I victory over Blue Mountain on Thursday, Jan. 17.
Samantha Lengel, a junior center on the Cardinals' squad, passed away Thursday morning.
Her Pine Grove teammates wore special warm-ups that said "I love you Sam," and wristbands inscribed with her number - 52 - before capturing a 57-41 victory over the Eagles.
Becky Evans scored a game-high 22 points and Steffi Sampson compiled 10 points, 13 rebounds and six steals as the Cardinals broke open a tight game with a 12-2 run in the fourth quarter.
"It was a tough night for the girls," Pine Grove coach Chris George said. "We talked with the administration, we talked with Sam's family and it was their wishes and the players' wishes for us to play."
Shannon Zimmerman tallied 10 points for Pine Grove, which led 30-28 at halftime and 45-39 after three quarters. The Cardinals clinched the victory and remained unbeaten in Division I play by holding Blue Mountain to just one field goal in the final eight minutes while shooting 6-for-6 from the free-throw line.
Caitria Bowen paced the Eagles with 13 points, while Abby Fanelli netted 11.
Wms. Valley 51
MILLERSBURG - Freshman Kate Whelski scored nine of her game-high 18 points in the fourth quarter to help the Vikings pull away from the Indians.
Hannah Nestor netted seven of her 11 points in the first quarter as the Vikes built an early lead. Cassidy Pinchorski compiled 12 points as Williams Valley led 24-20 at halftime and steadily pulled away in the second half.
Line Mtn. 52
U. Dauphin 30
MANDATA - Colleen Troutman scored 15 points, leading the Eagles to a Tri-Valley League win over the Trojans.
Katie Schwenk paced Upper Dauphin with 13 points. The Trojans have lost six straight.
Pine Grove 64
ANNVILLE - Make it eight straight for Pine Grove's Becky Evans.
The junior guard reached 20-plus points for the eighth straight contest, scoring 18 of her game-high 20 in the first half as the Cardinals pulled away for a non-league victory over the Dutchmen.
Lauren Thompson scored all 16 of her points in the second and third quarters and Shannon Zimmerman tallied 13 as the Cardinals won their 10th straight.
Shen. Valley 48
Wms. Valley 40
SHENANDOAH - Abigail Snitzer hit five 3-pointers in scoring a game-high 17 points to lead the Blue Devils past the Vikings in a Division II-III crossover game.
Williams Valley led 24-22 at halftime, but a 14-5 third quarter put Shenandoah Valley on top for good.
Cassidy Pinchorski led the Vikings with 13 points.
WEATHERLY - Tara Nahodil led four Dawgs in double figures with a game-high 18 points, leading Tri-Valley to a Division II-III crossover victory over the Wreckers January 17.
Taylor Troutman contributed 17 points, while Juli Weber and Kylie Spickler added 10 points apiece for the Dawgs.
Wms. Valley 46
TOWER CITY - Hannah Nestor scored 14 of her 16 points in the first half as the Vikings opened a 19-point halftime lead and kept Tulpehocken at a safe distance the rest of the way in a non-league win.
Cassidy Pinchorski led all scorers with 20 points for Williams Valley.