RUSSELL —Little has been normal about the 2020-21 high school winter sports season. On Thursday night, the Cambridge Springs girls basketball team experienced another rarity: a varsity doubleheader.
The Lady Blue Devils handled the situation superbly tallying a pair of victories to move to 10-3 overall and 7-2 in Region 2. Cambridge Springs topped Eisenhower 45-9 in Game 1 and 57-23 in Game 2.
“It’s not often the kids get out of school early for a high school basketball game,” Cambridge Springs head coach Ryan McKissock said. “But our kids have managed to make that happen twice in these unprecedented times.
“Playing in a doubleheader, although unique for high school, is a common thing for AAU basketball and I think our kids did a decent job today in their preparation for the doubleheader. We had lost of fruit protein bars and orange juice on the bus.”
Running up and down a court for eight quarters didn’t slow Maddie Yanc from having another outstanding night for the Devils. Yanc scored 25 points in the opener and then tallied 20 in the second game, while going a perfect 6 of 6 from the free throw line on tired legs.
Hailee Rodgers had nine points in Game 1 and eight in Game 2. Makenzie Yanc tallied 13 points in the nightcap.
“With everything going on with COVID this season, you quickly learn to adapt and adjust,” McKissock said. “It’s a process for everyone involved from the kids right up to all the local athletic directors and on even further up to District 10 to make this season a possibility.”
That possibility and the Lady Blue Devils’ response has the young squad with a new head coach just a half-game back of Saegertown for first place in Region 2. But it’s been about more than that for McKissock and Co.
“Basketball, this season in particular, is way more then wins and losses,” McKissock said. “It’s a very important social activity for these kids as well as giving them a chance to compete and play the game they love.
“We work very hard every day on developing unselfish behaviors and today was another example of everyone involved being unselfish to get two games in for the kids vs. the same team, in the same evening. Our kids will have seen everything this season from playing at Villa Maria Academy, to riding a coach bus to DuBois Central Catholic on a Wednesday, to having the opportunity to host Kennedy Catholic at home on the (February) 27th.
“To this list we can now add we played a basketball double header.”