Penns Valley coach Karen McCaffrey was pleased with how her team played in the second half, but it wasn’t enough to overcome first-half struggles in a 52-50 loss to Mifflinburg on Monday in the opening game of the Ram Winter Jam.
The Lady Rams’ offense came along in the final two quarters, totaling 32 points.
But Penns Valley had more turnovers (19) than points (18) in the first half — something McCaffrey said the Lady Rams have to fix.
“We have to handle the ball better than what we’ve been doing,” she said.
Penns Valley was also missing starting center Peyton Homan, who sat out with the flu.
Freshman Jordan Andrus took her place, and performed at a high level. Andrus led the team with 17 points, hitting five field goals and sinking all seven free-throw attempts.
“As a freshman, she came out and played very well,” McCaffrey said.
Still, the Lady Rams couldn’t totally erase their eight-point halftime deficit.
Mifflinburg had three scorers in double figures, highlighted by Riley Griffith’s 17 points.
With the loss, Penns Valley fell to 5-3 on the season. Its next game is against Huntingdon on Jan. 5.