Defense sparks C.B. West

Celebrating their victory in overtime are C.B. West's Corinne Godshall (left), who scored 17 points, and Nicole Munger, who had 18.
Celebrating their victory in overtime are C.B. West's Corinne Godshall (left), who scored 17 points, and Nicole Munger, who had 18. (CHARLES FOX / Staff Photographer)
Posted: January 26, 2014

The Central Bucks West girls' basketball team came out flat in the fourth quarter.

Hesitant to shoot and timid in driving to the lane, the Bucks didn't look like the same team that had led by 13 points against Souderton with only a minute remaining in the third quarter.

A steal and subsequent layup by junior Peyton Traina changed all that for C.B. West, propelling the Bucks to an overtime win over their Suburban One Continental Conference rivals, 66-60, Friday night.

After being outscored by 13-4 in the fourth period and letting the Indians (11-5 overall, 5-4 conference) back in the contest, the Bucks (14-3, 7-2) needed to change momentum.

That's when Traina saw the passing lane and stepped in.

"We are a big defensive team. To get ourselves going, we like to get steals and get down the floor and get rebounds," Traina said.

"I think that got our team really pumped," she added.

It did. Traina's bucket, the first basket for either side in overtime, jump-started the Bucks on both ends of the floor.

With a noticeable uptick in energy, the Bucks got back to their game plan: driving to the lane and earning trips to the free-throw line.

In addition to Traina's being the hero in overtime and Nicole Munger's leading the Bucks with 18 points - including going 6 for 6 from the foul line in the four-minute extra session - C.B. West benefited from the play of Maggie Rakowsky.

In particular, it was the quick feet and hands of the freshman that propelled the Bucks on the defensive end.

"Defense is my thing," Rakowsky said. "I love bringing up the energy, playing hard."

Rakowsky had arguably the toughest job on the court for most of Friday night, having to defend one-on-one Souderton's dynamic point guard, Bianca Picard.

Meeting Picard at half-court or sooner on most plays, Rakowsky pestered the senior, making every possession a highly contested one.

"She a really great player," Rakowsky said, "so I knew right from the beginning I had to get in her head."

Souderton 11 12 16 13 8 - 60

Central Bucks West 18 11 19 4 14 - 66

S: Katie O'Connor 19, Sarah Derstein 12, Allison Gallagher 10, Devon Beohm 9, Bianca Picard 8, Hannah Bergey 2.

CBW: Nicole Munger 18, Corrine Godshall 17, Peyton Traina 12, Mackenzie Carroll 12, Laura Roth 3, Maggie Rakowsky 2, Makenzie Mason 2.

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