De­fense leads to of­fense in Ris­ing Sun’s vic­tory As reg­u­lar sea­son winds down, Tigers now have dou­ble-digit wins


NORTH EAST — Ris­ing Sun went into its UCBAC Susque­hanna Di­vi­sion girls’ bas­ket­ball con­test against Perryville on Thurs­day look­ing to shut down the Pan­thers’ dan­ger­ous 3-point shoot­ers.

The Tigers put their two best de­fend­ers on the perime­ter, which worked for the most part as they held Perryville to just four long-dis­tance shots in the game en route to a 41-30 home vic­tory.

“We knew that they weren’t go­ing to roll over for us,” Ris­ing Sun’s Ken­dra Stam­per said. “We had to ‘D’ up and play four quar­ters of good de­fense. We changed our press to be more ef­fec­tive, and we played out on the shoot­ers be­cause they have a cou­ple of good three point shoot­ers. We had our top two de­fend­ers play out there.”

The Tigers (11-4 over­all, 8-4 di­vi­sion) strug­gled from the field in the first quar­ter as they were try­ing to pass the ball into ar­eas that were not open, scor­ing just two points through the first six min­utes as a re­sult. But their de­fense was stout, hold­ing the Pan­thers to four points dur­ing the early stages of the game.

Af­ter a time­out mid­way through the first, Ris­ing Sun set­tled down of­fen­sively as it made bet­ter passes and cre­ated turnovers on the de­fen­sive end to close the first quar­ter on a 9-0 run, and take an 11-4 lead through eight min­utes.

“Coach (Kathy Stoudt) called a time­out and mo­ti­vated us, and she told us ‘they’re not go­ing to roll over on us.’ We had to keep pass­ing it around. We forced things early on,” said Stam­per, who had a team-high 13 points. “We had to make sure our passes were crisp and not forced.”

Her head coach agreed.

“I would say that our play­ers know each other well enough. Gen­er­ally, that’s our strong­est time, and that tra­di­tion­ally what we do,” Stoudt said of the Tigers’ first quar­ter run. “Again, de­fense led to of­fense. Thank­fully, we were able to do that.”

The Tigers’ de­fense con­tinue to sti­fle Perryville’s of­fense, al­low­ing just four points in the sec­ond quar­ter en route to build­ing 23-8 half­time lead.

Com­ing out of the half­time break, the Pan­thers (1-13, 1-11) made ad­just­ments to put to­gether their strong­est quar­ter of the game, out-scor­ing Ris­ing Sun 12-7 in the third to cut its deficit to 3020 by the end of the frame.

The Tigers kept Perryville at bay in the fourth quar­ter, as their lead never dropped be­low 10 points for the even­tual vic­tory.

Gabrielle Vaughan scored 10 points for Ris­ing Sun in the win. Sierra Strong chipped in 12 points for the Pan­thers.

The vic­tory con­tin­ues Ris­ing Sun’s strong cam­paign. As the reg­u­lar sea­son winds down, the Tigers now have dou­ble-digit wins af­ter earn­ing 10 to­tal over the last two years.


Sopho­more for­ward Katie Wil­lis (14) and Ris­ing Sun de­feated Perryville 41-30 in Susque­hanna Di­vi­sion girls’ bas­ket­ball ac­tion on Thurs­day.

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