By Bill Bostic
The Harrisburg Lady Cougars basketball team rode a fast start and a 28-point night by Dajahnae Brannon to get a 61-55 home win over the Central Dauphin Lady Rams.
The Cougars were up 21-10 after the first quarter and 37-20 at halftime. Harrisburg found a way to shut down the Rams top scorers in the first half, limiting senior Sam Gress to four points and blanking sophomore Maddie LaFrance.
CD clawed back into the game in the second half, cutting the lead to as little as four points with about a minute to go, according to Gazette reporter Tom Gingerich. The deficit was too big and time wasn’t on CD’s side, he said.
Gingerich added that CD head coach Randy Gambelunghe tried almost every combination of players imaginable to crawl back into the game.
Top scorer for the Rams was junior forward Audrey Weigl (pictured above) with 10 points, scoring nine of them in the second half. Also having good offensive showings were senior Delaney Lackner and Gress with nine points each.
With the loss, the Rams are now 4-2 in the Mid Penn Commonwealth and 8-3 overall. Harrisburg also is 4-2 in conference play.
The Cumberland Valley Eagles are on the top of the division with a 6-0 record. They defeated the Central Dauphin East Lady Panthers tonight 57-38.
The Lady Rams will host the Mifflin County Lady Huskies at home on Tuesday.
Tom Gingerich contributed to this report. Photo at top by Neil Renaldi Photography.