Lady pioneers off to great startBy Jacob Clevenger | November 14th, 2013 | Category: Lead Story | No Comments »
“All good things must end,” or at least that’s how the saying goes. Coming off of a 27-4 campaign and a NCAA Division II tournament appearance, the Lady Pioneers of Glenville State College are hoping to make their case that things do not have to end here. Despite the departure of former head coach Bunky Harkleroad, the Lady Pioneers are looking to continue their success on the court.
First year head coach, Charles Marshall, will be the new conductor of the fast moving train that is Glenville State College Women’s Basketball. Luckily for the new coach, he obtained a team with plenty of talent. It also bodes well for Marshall that he spent time as an assistant under Harkleroad, so he is well aware of the brand of basketball this program has earned the reputation of playing.
Despite two early exhibition losses against Duke and Western Kentucky, two very good Division I opponents, the Lady Pioneers kicked off their regular season at home last weekend as they hosted the teams tipoff tournament.
The opening contest matched the Pioneers against Virginia Union who they narrowly beat in last season’s opener, however; this season was a different ballgame. Despite being in a close scoring battle to start, the Lady Pioneers were able to extend their lead towards the end of the first half. From that point on, all the Lady Pioneers did was add to their lead. They won the game by a final score of 117-88.
Several players scored several points to add up to the impressive 117 point total on the game. Leading the high speed Lady Pioneer attack was returning Senior Tiffani Huffman. Huffman scored 25 on the night, and she was joined in double digit scoring by Kenyona Simmons (18), Tasia Bristow (14), Kenyell Goodson (13), Kenyanna Tate (13) , and Briauna Nix (11). Tate provided the team with its only double double on the evening as she finished with 11 rebounds to accompany her 13 points.
Although the offense was in normal form, the smothering defense of the Lady Pioneers also caused havoc on their opponents. The team was able to force 30 turnovers on the evening most of which led to points for the Lady Pioneers. Statistically the team had a strong night as they show over forty percent from three point range, and made 17 three pointers on the evening.
Game two for the Lady Pioneers in the early season tipoff showed a lack in production for the team. Well, if you can consider 111 points a lack in production. Although they lowered their season average to 114/points per game, the Lady Pioneers looked sharp once again as they routed Kutztown by a final score of 111-78. Although the Lady Pioneers scored several points, defense was the story of the night for the team. As a team the Lady Pioneers were able to force 40 turnovers, which led to more than half of the team’s total points on the evening.
The Lady Pioneers had two players go over 25 points on the night, Kenyanna Tate provided the team with 28 while Kenyona Simmons had 25 on the contest. Tasia Bristow also added 16 points for the team while Jessica Parsons and Paige Tuttle each added 11. The 11 point performance by Tuttle was a career high, and she now adds another scoring weapon to the already dangerous Lady Pioneer attack.
The Lady Pioneers return home this Saturday as the face Gannon at 6 p.m. Come out and support the Lady Pioneers as they look to continue their dominating ways.