Cassie Gee knows what the scouting report is saying. The Loyalsock Guard is a versatile gamer, but she understands that most see her as a shooter.
The teams will do everything possible to narrow down Gee’s appearance so that the senior speeds things up. And the results stay the same.
Gee worked on getting more dangerous throughout the off-season and she did superbly against Hughesville on Wednesday, losing five 3-point points and scoring 19 points when Loyalsock won 57-22. Gee only missed two long shots and helped Loyalsock (2-0, 2-0, HAC-II) open the game with four 3-pointers that bridged the late second and early third quarters.
“Cassie let it fly. She was someone the teams knew could shoot for three years, but she was more of a set shooter. “ Loyalsock trainer Curtis Jacobson said. “(Wednesday) shot them from screens and without hesitation caught and shot them. It was not thought about. She knows there may not be much time to shoot the ball, so she does what she has to do and makes the most of what she can. “
Gee’s performance showed an excellent all-round team effort. The Lancers won their opener with 24 points, but were disappointed with their performance together. They left the pitch more excited on Wednesday after playing well in all facets and receiving strong contributions from starters and reserves.
Loyalsock moved the ball well, played suffocating defenses, and worked consistently for quality shots. All-state guard Summer McNulty scored 11 points, got five rebounds and distributed three assists. Hughesville (1-1, 0-1) focused on slowing Gee and McNulty, but Mia Patterson (10 points) started strong, taking a 17-7 run in the first quarter and loosening up the defense.
The Lancers worked the ball inside and out, finding the open player consistent when doubles came in and nine 3-pointers hit. Allyia Kennedy took eight rebounds, Sophia Gardner added three assists and Loyalsock built a 30-12 lead at halftime.
“It’s something to build on. We have some confidence. “ Jacobson said. “People were a little happier tonight and when you are happy you are confident. We weren’t down on Monday, but at the same time we knew we weren’t. It was a different feeling than the first game. The nerve was gone and they were ready to play. “
That included swarming the defense. Hughesville competed without a starting point guardian, Lauren Henry, and that made it even more impressive to face a stubborn opponent. Alex Snyder and Olivia Strother are two of the best postal players in the region, but Loyalsock did a good job denying any entry pass.
When Hughesville pushed the ball down, the defense on the help side quickly spun, preventing Snyder and Strother from getting many shots. Freshman guard Breanna Bobak scored five points in the first quarter, but the Loyalsock defense slowed down all spartan facets from there, dropping only 15 points in the last three quarters.
“They are extremely physical and aren’t afraid to walk through you. So we wanted to fight and defend inside without messing up and force them to fire hard shots.” Jacobson said. “Snyder took a few hard hits with his hands in the face, but you just tap your hat when that happens. You’re not going to stop them on every possession, you want to make them work on every possession. “
Natayah Abdul-Hakim works her way up in Loyalsock’s rotation and looks like someone who could become a weapon if it settles in. The sophomore played in Williamsport last year and learns spontaneously, but has taken 13 points off the bench in her first, skipping two games with the Lancers and two 3-point Wednesdays.
Abdul-Hakim and Jocelyn Cruz were part of a reliable reserve group and hit three 3-pointers from the bench. Abdul-Hakim also made an excellent game in the fourth quarter as she pulled two defenders on track and fed a slicing Patterson for the layup.
“She plays half the JV game to get comfortable. She’s still a young player and every time you go to a new school there is an adjustment phase but she is very aggressive. “ Jacobson said. “She is like a Sophia and has a little spark. She plays hard and flies around and is not afraid to toss her body around. It’s important to get off the bank. “
Alex Snyder 3 1-2 7, Olivia Strother 1 1-2 3, Breanna Bobak 3 0-0 7, Maria Duff 0 0-0 0, Grace Pysher 1 1-2 3, Lucy Myers 1 0-0 2nd overall 9 3-6 22.
LOYAL SOCK (57)
Summer McNulty 3 4-4 11, Cassie Gee 7 0-0 19, Allyia Kennedy 2 0-0 4, Mia Patterson 5 0-0 10, Sophia Gardner 0 2-2 2, Jocelyn Cruz 1 0-0 3, Natayah Abdul -Hakim 2 0-0 6, Grace Baylor 1 0-2 2, Rhandie Jessell 0 0-0 0, Rylie French 0 0-0 0, Ashlee Andrews 0 0-0 0.Total 21 6-8 57.
Hughesville 7 5 2 8-22
Loyalsock 17 13 12 15-57
3-point goals: Hughesville 1 (Bobak); Loyalsock 9 (Gee 5, Abdul-Hakim 2, McNulty, Cruz).
JV score: Loyalsock 42-17.
Records: Loyalsock (2-0, 1-0 HAC-II), Hughesville (1-1, 0-1).
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