2010-03-06 / Sports

Young Falcon team headed to playoffs

Senior Kaitlyn Karpinski went for the ball, but got the arm, during a District 9 playoff game on the Falcons’ home floor against Clarion-Limestone. Coudersport’s dreams of another district title were dashed, but the team is still heading into the state playoffs next week. Paul Burdick photo     Senior Kaitlyn Karpinski went for the ball, but got the arm, during a District 9 playoff game on the Falcons’ home floor against Clarion-Limestone. Coudersport’s dreams of another district title were dashed, but the team is still heading into the state playoffs next week. Paul Burdick photo “I’m proud as heck that we can get back to the state playoffs,” said Coudersport coach Brian Green after his girls’ basketball team secured a berth.

A young team without much depth, the Falcons aren’t likely to last long in the 32-team tournament, but qualifying for it in a rebuilding season is a source of pride and hope for future success.

Coudersport (18-7) missed out on a shot at another District 9 title Tuesday night at Kane, losing 56-34 to a tough West Forest squad in semifinals. The Falcons were scheduled to meet Otto-Eldred in the D9 consolation game to determine third and fourth seeds in the state tourney.

Coudersport shot out to a 9-0 lead over West Forest and was still up by nine early in the second quarter. But senior Geena Sneeringer kicked into gear, leading a surge that gave the Indians (22-3) a 23-18 halftime lead. They gradually pulled away in the second half.

Hannah Fink led the Falcons with 10 points. Jenna Matzinger and Kaitlyn Karpinsiki fought through foul trouble to combine for another 15 points.

Coudersport survived a Clarion-Limestone second-half rally to defeat the Lions 55-51 Saturday in the quarterfi- nals.

A 31-11 lead early in the second quarter barely held up, as the Lions battled back. The visitors might have pulled out the win, but they missed seven foul shots in the fourth quarter.

“Our kids made the big plays when they had to and this was a total team effort,” Coach Green said.

Matzinger led the offense for the Falcon, scoring 22 points to go with seven rebounds and six steals. Fink fought through foul problems to score 10 points and grab 10 rebounds. Maureen McCusker also had 10 boards.

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