The Coudersport Lady Falcons (23-4) continued their journey through the State playoffs and on Wednesday, March 11 topped the Blacklick Valley Lady Vikings (18-8) by a score of 54-46.
The Coudersport girls were once again able to use a red-hot first quarter to gain the upper-hand on the Lady Vikings, and put together an impressive opening quarter on their way to an 18-4 advantage heading into the second frame.
Lauren Stimaker and Rosalyn Page were huge in the quarter, with Stimaker scoring five points including one three-pointer and Page with a seven-point quarter helped open the game out on the right foot.
In the second quarter, the Lady Falcons continued to dominate, and extended their lead to 30-14 heading into halftime and sitting in an ideal position heading into the second half of a big second-round State playoff game.
The second half showed a much improved effort from Blacklick Valley, and after being down 16 points, they started to chip away at the Coudersport lead.
Maria McConnell for the Lady Vikings came out of halftime on an absolute tear. McConnell scored 12 of the Blacklick teams 14 points in the quarter and connected on two triples to close the gap to just 12 points heading into the fourth.
The Lady Vikings offense continued to roll headed into the final quarter of play, and 18-14 in the frame, but it was too little too late, as the first half lead the Coudersport Lady Falcons built was more than enough cushion to push them to an eight-point victory.
The balanced attack of the Coudersport girls was on full display in a second-round playoff matchup, and for the second straight contest had four players score in double digits in the win. Sarah Chambers continues her strong playoff run, as she led the Lady Falcons with 14 points. Page was able to add 12 points and Mikayla Gunn added 11 points.
Stimaker also had a good night offensively adding 10 points to round out the top scorers for the Lady Falcons. With the win the Lady Falcons put themselves in elite company and have pushed themselves in the quarterfinals of the State playoffs, with only three wins separating them from a possible State title.
Blacklick Valley put together a resilient effort, and were led by an impressive performance by McConnell who scored a game-high 27 points including 19 points in the second half that almost were able to make an improbable second half comeback.
In their quarterfinals matchup, the Coudersport team took on Kennedy Catholic with a shot at a quarter final State playoff appearance on the line.