In a season opening loss to Northwestern, Pleasant Valley missed 54 shots from the field. With three other games postponed this past week due to inclement weather, the Lady Bears needed a 'shot in the arm of adrenaline.'
After the Bears missed their initial nine shot attempts in the opening three minutes of the game, sophomore guard, Kiki Russel came off the bench to provide her team with that dose of pep, scoring the game's first six points and injecting her teammates with the 'gusto' to go on and defeat East Stroudsburg North, 54-18.
"I think the younger girls are really doing a good job of helping the seniors step up their games," Pleasant Valley head coach Nadia Gauronsky said. "Caroline Scott comes in and does a really nice job, Mackenzie Borger has been a really nice addition to the team and Kiki Russel does a great job, is super athletic and just a defensive wiz."
Following Russel's start, Courtney Miller, Julia Craig and Janessa Fields all followed with buckets to make the score 12-0 after one period of play.
An Anaya White layup got North on the scoreboard to begin the second, only to see the Lady Bears rattle off a 17-1 run to take a 29-3 lead at the break. Borger's six points led the Bears in the frame, while six other players scored throughout the Pleasant Valley push.
"I thought our defense was really good tonight," Gauronsky said. "I think that we played pretty well overall tonight and had good teamwork throughout. Those shots will fall, once we start to get rhythm."
The defense did its job for the victors, forcing 36 turnovers in the contest . Often times, those miscues led to points at the other end, especially in the third quarter. The Bears outscored their foes 20-4 in the period, extending the advantage to 49-7 after three. After a Julia Craig trey opened up the second half, three consecutive layups off of steals fed the Bears' momentum. Keri Dekmar's steal and transition layup increased the lead to 38-3 at which point Gauronsky emptied the bench.
Borger's 10 points led 14 different players that cracked into the scoring column for the Bears (1-1). Angeli DeJesus scored six to lead the T-Wolves.
Borger had a busy night, as she led the JV Bears to a 62-32 win earlier with 19 points in that game.
EAST STROUDSBURG NORTH
Smalls 0-0-0-0, Shipman 0-0-0-0, Turrentine 2-0-0-5, Rogers 0-0-0-0, Hartley 2-0-0-4, Bacheva 0-1-2-1, Robinson 0-0-0-0, Burke 1-0-0-2, White 0-0-0-0, DeJesus 3-0-1-6. TOTALS: 8-1-3-18.
Meckes 0-2-6-2, Dekmar 1-0-0-2, Scott 2-1-2-5, Jones 1-0-0-2, Krcic 2-0-2-4, Keefer 1-0-0-2, Borger 3-4-4-10, Miller 2-1-2-5, Russel 3-0-0-6, Dorney 0-0-0-0, Craig 3-0-0-7, Fields 2-0-0-4, Milos 1-0-0-2, Schaudeck 0-1-2-1, Hodson 0-0-0-0, Barker 0-0-0-0, Beagle 1-0-0-2. TOTALS: 22-9-18-54.
ES North 0 3 4 11 - 18
Pleasant Vy. 12 17 20 5 - 54
Three pointers: ESN – Turrentine; PV – Craig.