Hunsberger leads Pioneers past MAST
The Christopher aock girls basketball team turned up the pressure and got a splendid performance from freshman Lanae Hunsberger in earning a 44-37 win over MaST Charter Wednesday night.
Hunsberger scored a game-high 15 points and helped key a strong third quarter for aock, as the Pioneers went ahead to stay in this Bicentennial Athletic League contest.
“Our pressure defense was a big factor in that,” said aock coach Tim Ehst, whose team allowed just fivH SoLnWs Ln D SLvoWDO WKLUG. “Lanae was key to us tonight in being able to get some perimeter offense going and her 15 points was huge, really. (MaSTF packed it in with a 2-3 zone and we didn’t have much of an answer other than what Lanae was doing.”
Hunsberger made a steal on the defensive end and took it all the way in for a layup and a 34-26 aock lead late in the third. After Maria Farrell nailed a three for MaST, as part of her team-high 13 points, Hunsberger responded with a three at the other end, boosting aock’s lead to 37-32 early in the fourth.
like she’s getting back to form after a layoff due to injury.
“She was out two to three weeks with a stress fracture in her foot, so as a freshman, she’s still kind of going through somewhat of an orientation,” Ehst said. “I’m looking forward to much more of her contributing to the offensive side in particular.”
Another basket in transition, this one by Mattasyn Shisler, gave the Pioneers (6-4, 5-3 BALF a 39-35 advantage midway through the fourth, and MaST would not score again until a basket at the buzzer.
“We pressed a lot more, and (on offenseF we moved it around which helped out,” Hunsberger said of the second half.
Kereece Seuren’s 10 points down low and 13 points by Shisler balanced the attack.
“I thought Shea (NealF did an excellent job as well in pushing the ball up, hitting Mattasyn at some key times as well as hitting a timely three,” Ehst said.
Hunsberger said it’s always interesting being a freshman out on the court, joking that she worries about throwing up an occasional airball. But she didn’t play like a freshman on Wednesday.
“Tons of fun,” she said of her season thus far. “I love these girls.”