Area briefs: SU men win 5th straight game

Posted: January 7, 2014

From Star staff reports

ALTOONA, Pa. — The Shenandoah University men’s basketball team ran its winning streak to five games Monday night with a 94-82 non-conference victory at Penn State–Altoona.

Shenandoah (8-3) now has matched the win total of the past two seasons combined and owns its longest winning streak since the 2007-08 squad won seven straight.

Trailing 52-44 after PSU-A (2-9) scored 13 of the initial 20 points of the second half, the Hornets seized total control of the contest with a 9-0 run to take a 53-52 advantage following an Avery Green layup at 14:46.

Green, who finished with a game-high 30 points, had five of the nine points during the spurt with Jimi Starks adding the other four.

After the Lions briefly took the lead on a 3-pointer, Shenandoah reeled off 16 of the game’s next 17 points to lead 69-56 with 8:59 remaining.

Green capped off this game-clinching run with a 3-pointer from the wing.

Shenandoah threatened to blow the Lions out of the gym early, scoring nine of the game’s first 11 points in the opening 95 seconds, but saw PSU-Altoona get back into it with a 7-0 run from the 17:22 to 13:58 marks of the first.

SU was able to extend its lead back to five points on two different occasions, the last with 9:31 remaining, before the Lions clawed back again.

This time PSU-A scored eight straight points to take its largest lead of the first, 23-20, with 7:44 left.

Junior Jared Carithers, who had a half-high 11 points, answered for the Hornets by draining his third 3-pointer of the stanza 15 seconds after the Lions took that three-point advantage.

The two teams then traded the lead two times and were tied on five others in the remaining seven minutes of the opening stanza.

In addition to Green’s 30, Carithers had 24, Starks 11 and Eli McEathron 10 for Shenandoah.

The 94 points is the highest point production against an NCAA opponent and the second-highest total since Rob Pryor took over the program three seasons ago.

SU shot 46 percent for the game and had a 39-38 rebounding edge.

Shenandoah returns to ODAC play on Saturday with a 3:30 p.m. contest at Roanoke.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Patriots 55, Tartans 17

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy outscored Highland View (Md.) 21-0 in the first quarter en route to victory Monday.

The Patriots (8-3) were led by Sam Yarnall (14 points, six rebounds, six steals), Grace Snyder (10 points, five steals, three assists), Taylor Jones (eight points, eight rebounds), Alex Yarnall (seven points, four steals) and Hannah McGann (six points, five assists, four steals). Mary Culler added five rebounds.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Free admission for today’s game

WINCHESTER — Shenandoah University hosts Guilford College at 3 p.m. today in an Old Dominion Athletic Conference game, and the athletic department is inviting all of its fans to “Stuff Shingleton” for the game.

The department is offering free admission to this contest against the two-time ODAC defending champion Quakers.

With permission of department supervisors, the university administration is encouraging all staff members that will be on-campus today to attend the contest as well.

Guilford comes into today’s game with a 9-2 overall record and a 1-1 ODAC mark. The Quakers were the No. 2 selection of the league’s coaches in the preseason poll.

Shenandoah (1-1 ODAC) enters the game with a 4-7 overall record after dropping a 60-58 heartbreaker at Gettysburg Saturday afternoon.

Imani Heggins, Crystal Petrus and Holly Chittenden continue to lead SU in scoring at 13.9, 12.6 and 11.3 points per game, respectively.

Chittenden, at 8.5 per game, is fourth in the league in rebounding.