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2018-01-11 / Sports

Central’s Rumph hits scoring milestone


Ranya Rumph receives a ball from varsity coach Justin Garbacz representing her 1,000th career point following Cheektowaga’s loss to Iroquois on Dec. 21. Rumph scored the exact number of points she needed going into the game to hit the milestone. Ranya Rumph receives a ball from varsity coach Justin Garbacz representing her 1,000th career point following Cheektowaga’s loss to Iroquois on Dec. 21. Rumph scored the exact number of points she needed going into the game to hit the milestone. Ranya Rumph provided one of the few bright spots to date for Cheektowaga’s girls basketball team before the holiday break, crossing the 1,000-point threshold for her career during the Lady Warriors’ 88-30 setback to Iroquois on Dec. 21.

Rumph, whom coach Justin Garbacz said “is playing hard and aggressive,” finished the game with 14 points — exactly what she needed for her milestone — to go along with nine rebounds and two blocks. It was nowhere near enough, though, as the Lady Chiefs took a 28-10 first-quarter lead and never looked back, using 22-5 and 22-7 runs in the second and fourth quarters, respectively, to complete the lopsided victory.

Sara Domanowski (5 rebounds) and Jaylynn Moore (2 rebounds) each added four points for the Lady Warriors, while Allisiana Muscoreil chipped in with two points and 15 rebounds.

Things didn’t go any better in the opening round of Lancaster’s Holiday Tournament, as Cheektowaga was tripped up by Williamsville East on Dec. 27, 64-36. A 14-5 start by East, coupled with the Lady Flames’ 18-3 run in the third quarter, was more than enough to keep the Lady Warriors out of the win column.

Rumph paced Cheektowaga yet again, this time scoring 19 points to go along with 12 rebounds, five assists and two blocks. Muscoreil (12 rebounds, 3 blocks) and Domanowski (6 rebounds, 2 assists) each added six points, while Chloe Benz contributed five points and four rebounds.

The Lady Warriors almost snapped out of their losing streak the next day against Niagara Falls, but in the end they weren’t able to come up with enough stops defensively down the stretch to prevent the 41-37 loss in the tournament’s consolation round.

Cheektowaga actually held a 19-18 lead at the half after going on a 12-5 run over the course of the second quarter, and increased its advantage to 29-27 heading into the final stanza. Niagara Falls closed out the contest on a 14-8 run, though, to pull out the victory.

Rumph paced Cheektowaga with 16 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block. Muscoreil added 10 points and eight rebounds, while Domanowski chipped in with six points and two rebounds.

Cheektowaga (1-6 overall) was supposed to have played Springville on Friday, but that game was postponed due to the weather. Information about the contest against Sweet Home on Tuesday was not available at press time.

Cheektowaga closes out its week by hosting crosstown rival Maryvale this evening.

“We’re underachieving right now, although Sara Domanowski has been a bright spot after upping her scoring average to five points a game, which isn’t too bad for a girl who skipped JV and was on modified last year,” Garbacz said. “The rest of the team needs to believe and start trusting one another to snap out of our losing streak.”

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