The Cowanesque Valley Lady Indians basketball team (11-12) season came to an abrupt end in their first-round district playoff match as they fell to the powerhouse, top-seeded Mount Carmel team (17-5) on Tuesday, Feb. 18 by a score of 63-16.
The Lady Indians faced what seemed to be an insurmountable task in their first-round game against the Mount Carmel Lady Red Tornadoes team, who were the District 3A champions three out of the last four seasons and the 2A district champions just this past year.
The Mount Carmel team also landed themselves a spot in the district finals again this year as they were able to crush the Muncy girls by a score of 61-22.
The Lady Indians were never able to get things going and with two starters on their team ill and another starter being out of the lineup for a majority of the night, the Lady Indians were beyond short-handed.
Mount Carmel jumped on Cowanesque Valley early and never let up on their way to a 47-point victory.
Mount Carmel relied on their size, with their over six-foot center DanniRae Renno netting her 1,000th point against Lady Indians during the game.
The Lady Indians were led by Makayla Vargeson and Kailey Wells, who each scored just five points in their final game of the season, with no other players able to top the two-point mark in the contest for the Lady Indians.
Despite the loss, the Cowanesque Valley Lady Indians put together a respectable season, reaching their pre-season goal of qualifying for a district playoff appearance and will return all but their two senior guards this upcoming season.
They will also return their top-scorer in Vargeson and will look to build on a successful season junior season.
“I am very proud of the girls for the season they had this year and for never giving up in any game... and especially when the team was not healthy heading into district play,” coach Roy Vargeson wrote in regards to the Lady Indians 2019-2020 season.