HUMBOLDT — Flipping the script from a slow start a season ago, the Erie Red Devils girls won the Humboldt Tournament title on Friday with a gutsy 30-28 victory over the Humboldt Cubs.
Erie was coming off a double-overtime win over Uniontown on Thursday night, leaving the Red Devils gassed.
“You could tell our legs were gone from us from the night before going into double overtime,” Erie head coach Sindy Daniels said. “I knew it was going to be rough. We just couldn’t get into a flow of things.”
Humboldt led the game 19-10 midway through the third quarter before a scheme switch from zone to man by Erie wreaked havoc on the Cubs’ offense.
“We switched to man and we got a lot of steals out of it,” Daniels said. “We kept getting touches on the ball and we were able to connect on the other end.”
Erie trailed by just one through the third quarter and slugged ahead in the final minutes.
“We just weren’t taking care of the ball,” Humboldt head coach Aubrey Jones said. “We had too many turnovers and too many missed free throws. That’ll lose you a game every time.”
The Cubs were led in scoring by Jada Dangerfield’s nine points.
“They looked to pack it inside on us,” Jones said. “We don’t have much of an outside game right now. Jada’s got a lot of great moves and she’s strong with it. She got frustrated at times but she still made some great players your average player isn’t going to make.”
Maddie Kramer, Dangerfield’s primary defender, led Erie with 12 points.
“She did great stepping up,” Daniels said. “She played (Dangerfield) like I wanted her to. She made adjustments and hit some big shots at the end.”
The Cubs are now 1-3 on the season with two games scheduled next week before winter break.
“We’re going to keep rolling, get our two-week break then come back and keep working hard,” Jones said.
Ås for Erie, they get a week off until facing the Oswego Indians next Friday in its last game before break. The Red Devils are currently 4-0 on the campaign.
“Last year, we didn’t even show up here,” Daniels said. “This year, this was our goal. We pulled out some wins and finished at the end. Going into Friday night at Oswego, hopefully we go into break 5-0.”
Erie 30, Humboldt 28
Erie: 4 4 11 11 — 30
Humboldt: 1 5 14 8 — 28
Erie: Mia Pemberton 1, Skylar Clevenger 7, Sarah Stark 2, Heaven Ellis 2, Ryleigh Brant 6, Maddie Kramer 12
Humboldt: Kirstyn Murrow 2, Jessica Myers 8, Jada Dangerfield 9, Carsyn Havilland 1, Karley Wools 6
Erie 32, Uniontown 29 (2-OT)
Erie: 9 7 2 7 2 5 — 32
Uniontown: 4 9 3 9 2 2 — 29
Erie: Hailey McGowen 2, Skylar Clevenger 8, Sarah Stark 7, Heaven Ellis 1, Ryleigh Brant 6, Maddie Kramer 8
Uniontown: Howard 4, R. Coulter 4, A. Furhrman 2, L. Covey 2, K. Schoenberger 6, Fry 1, S. Hampton 10