By Jay Young
The Southwestern Lady Trojans (1-0) put on an impressive showing to start the girls basketball season on Tuesday night, beating Clymer (0-1), 69-38, in a non-league game.
Clymer's Becca King, left, gets a hand on Southwestern's Andrea O'Boyle’s layup during Tuesday night’s non-league basketball game. See additional photos at cu.post-journal.com.
P-J photos by Scott Reagle
Anne Beck's team pulled out to an early lead against the Lady Pirates thanks to the veteran play of captains Alex Sullivan and Emily Wuebbolt.
Wuebbolt dominated much of the game with strong play from the paint, finishing with 20 points and seven boards while Sullivan poured in 25 points on 11-of-24 from the floor.
"I was really happy with our rebounding effort, in the post the girls were dominant on the glass for most of the game," Beck noted.
After gaining an early 10-6 advantage, including five points from Sullivan, Southwestern surged ahead in the opening quarter with baskets from Maddie Kubinski and Sally Rudny. Consistant rebounding and inside shots from Wuebbolt pushed the Lady Trojans out to a 31-14 lead before the end of the first half.
"We lost a couple good players at the end of last year," Clymer coach Scott Neckers said, "so we're re-doing a few things this season. It will take us some time to put it all together, but I was happy with our effort.''
At the start of the second half the Lady Pirates had a difficult time facing Southwestern's perimeter defensive pressure.
Early turnovers resulted in baskets from Wuebbolt and junior guard Kara Schutte, giving the Lady Trojans a 45-24 lead.
Moments later, Sullivan notched her lone 3-pointer, and stretched the margin moving into the final minutes of game.
"Our best offense is clearly running. Playing in transition is what we do well," Beck said. "We just have to work on our communication and getting some new things together going forward."
Despite their solid offensive performance, turnovers were a problem for the Lady Trojans during much of the second half. Southwestern ended the night with 17 giveaways, but made up for it with 13 steals.
In addition to Sullivan and Wuebbolt, Rudny rounded out the scoring for Southwestern, shooting 6-15 for 15 points.
Clymer was led in scoring by sophomore Becca King, who finished with 13 points.Breanna Summers led the Lady Pirates in rebounds with seven, while Kayla Gilkinson notched three steals, four assists, five rebounds and eight points.