ELIZABETHVILLE - Things were a little rough for the Greenwood boys basketball team when it started the season with two losses in the Boiling Springs Tournament. But Monday night, when the Wildcats played their first Tri-Valley League matchup against Upper Dauphin, they got things on track with a 49-44 win.
Greenwood ended the first quarter with an 18-7 lead, but a rough 4-point second quarter effort by the Wildcats their lead to a slim 22-18.
"We got in a little foul trouble and started doing some dumb things," Greenwood coach Kent Houser said of his team's second half performance.
But Greenwood pulled it together for the win with the help of a twelve point second half from Josh Ferguson and an eight point second half from Adam Harrison.
Ryan Kerstetter was the Wildcats' lead scorer with 18.
"Kerstetter was on fire from the start," Houser said.
Greenwood (1-2, 1-0) hosts TVL opponent Newport Thursday at home.
Mount Union 51,
Forbes Road 35
WATERFALL - Mount Union's Tynita White had a game-high 17 points, plus 13 rebounds, as the Trojans swept past Inter-County Conference foe Forbes Road, 51-35, Monday night.
Mount Union coach Jenny Cunningham said the last four minutes of the first quarter and the whole fourth quarter were strong for her team. The Trojans scored 13 and 18 points in these quarter respectively.
But it wasn't just the offense which helped Mount Union toward the win. The Trojans also had a strong defensive performance which made it difficult for Forbes Road to put a dent in the lead. In the third and fourth quarter combined, Mount Union held Forbes road to just 13 points.
"Our defense was better tonight than it was on Friday (against McConnelsburg). There's still room for improvement, but it was a lot better," Cunningham said.
The JV team lost 35-24
Mount Union (1-1, 1-0) hosts Huntingdon tonight for more ICC action.