In their first game of the season at the Harbor Creek Tip Off Tournament, the Pickers came out determined and a little rusty, but played with a lot of energy and beat General McLane, 53-40.
The girls struggled on offense the whole night, but forced 21 turnovers to go along with 16 deflections as the defense came on strong in the second half, pulling away from the Lancers in the fourth quarter.
Entering the fourth with a three-point lead, the Pickers began to see the court better and found open teammates to go along with several steals that led to some break a way layups and quickly built the lead to 17 points midway through the quarter.
The well-balanced scoring attack had senior Reilee Bradford scoring 13 points, most in the second half, and making five out of six free throws for the game. Senior Alexis Rodenbaugh scored 12 points to go along with her 10 rebounds, for her first double-double of the year, and also had six steals, three assists and three deflections in a great effort.
Seniors Emma Penrod and Jess Eby played solid all around games, each scoring eight points. Penrod had a game high 15 rebounds to go along with five steals and two deflections, while Eby recorded a game high seven steals and five deflections.
Junior Kaylan Mayes, starting in her first varsity game, scored five points and recorded three rebounds, four deflections and two assists. Senior Jordan Skrekla scored four points, followed by junior Caryle Zahner with two points. Junior Riley McFeely rounded out the scoring with one point.
Also seeing action in the game were Isabelle Newara with one assist and one deflection and one steal, along with sophomores Kaleigh Valone, Bryona Morey and Sarah Wakley.