Falconer scored eight of her 14 points in the first half to help lead the Lady Eagles to a convincing 65-27 victory over the Chambersburg Lady Trojans on Monday night inside the CASHS Field House.
One of only four teams in the MPC to remain undefeated, Cumberland Valley (5-0, 3-0 MPC) has won its first five games, matching its best start in three years. Falconer, whose strong play in 2011 earned her third-team all-state honors, is averaging 20 points over the stretch.
"We wanted to come out and be very aggressive and set the tone for the rest of the game," Falconer said. "This is a big week for us so we wanted to play hard for a full 32 minutes."
Sophomore Kelly Jekot finished with 14 points and eight rebounds while Maddie Torresin added 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting for the Eagles, who reached the PIAA Class AAAA playoffs a year ago. The Trojans are 0-3 against Cumberland Valley over the last two seasons.
Chambersburg coach Jenny Schmutzler said, "I honestly didn't know what to expect coming into tonight. Obviously, we didn't play as well as we could have. We had some good spurts of defense, we had some bad spurts of defense, and offensively, we were trying to run their game instead of playing at our pace. Again, we only have six varsity girls and we just couldn't keep up."
The Eagles led by
Darra Walker led Chambersburg with 12 points and two assists, while Mandy Bell scored seven points on 3-of-3 shooting. Top scorer Marshay Ryan, who came in averaging 17 points per game, finished with five.
Cumberland Valley's dominant inside trio of Falconer, Jekot and Torresin clogged up the middle, giving the Trojans little room to work. The Eagles outscored Chambersburg 44-16 in the paint and finished with a 31-17 advantage on the boards.
"I was pleased," CV coach Bill Wolf said. "We just want to keep improving and playing hard every game. Getting into the districts last year and working through that and then getting into states - I mean that experience is invaluable. We're kind of using that as a springboard."
The Trojans found the going just as futile from the outside, hitting only 1-of-8 from behind the arc.
The Eagles extended their lead to 34 points with about three minutes remaining in the third period. Chambersburg mounted a small rally on Bell's 3-pointer and a three-point play by Crystal Thomas, but did not get any closer than 28 points.
Schmutzler said, "Considering our circumstances, I felt like we never gave up. The girls were still coming up with steals and taking it to the basket, and that's all I can ask from them."
CV took a 14-2 lead in the first five minutes as the Trojans misfired from all over the court. Chambersburg started 4-for-27 from the field and Ryan was limited to five points on 2-for-11 shooting in the opening 16 minutes.
Schmutzler said she felt the Trojans were nervous early.
"The girls appeared a bit out of sorts tonight," she said. "They knew that this was a quality team - Cumberland Valley always is. We missed a couple of things early that gave them a little bit more confidence and us a little bit less."
Chambersburg shot just 23.1 percent from the field, went 8-for-12 from the line, and committed 23 turnovers, leading to 22 Eagle points.
Wolf said, "I talked with the Grove girl (Jenn) before the game and I really feel bad that she is injured. You put her in with that group of four and they've got a nice five, and they're just going to continue to get better. They need to keep their heads up because they do have some nice pieces."
The Lady Trojans entertain State College on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
Notes: Morgan Baughman and Paige Wisehaupt scored 10 points each to lead Cumberland Valley to a 38-22 win in the junior varsity contest.
Cumberland Valley 65
Jackie Falconer 7-13 0-0 14, Kelly Jekot 6-7 0-0 14, Maddie Torresin 5-8 3-3 13, Meghan Rhoades 3-4 0-0 6, Taylor Sneidman 2-2 2-2 6, Paige Wisehaupt 2-2 0-0 4, Ashley Johnson 1-5 1-1 3, Jennifer Falconer 1-5 0-0 2, Alyssa Hinish 1-2 0-0 2, Elizabeth Scott 0-2 1-2 1, Morgan Baughman 0-3 0-0 0, Emily Keitel 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-53 7-8 65.
Darra Walker 3-11 6-8 12, Amanda Bell 3-3 0-0 7, Marshay Ryan 2-13 1-2 5, Crystal Thomas 1-3 1-1 3, Kaitlyn Rush 0-5 0-0 0, Tayana Harrison 0-2 0-0 0, Angeline Hang 0-1 0-1 0, Claire Jacobs 0-1 0-0 0, Alexis Sherman 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 9-39 8-12 27.
Cumberland Valley 14 19 20 12 - 65
Chambersburg 5 5 15 2 - 27
3-point shots - CV 2-9 (Jekot 2); Chbg 1-8 (Bell). Shooting - CV 52.8%; Chbg 23.1%. Rebounds - CV 31 (Jekot 8); Chbg 17 (Ryan 8). Assists - CV 22 (Jekot 6); Chbg 5 (Walker 2). Steals - CV 14 (Torresin 4); Chbg 7 (Thomas 3). Blocked shots - CV 1 (Jekot); Chbg 1 (Sherman). Turnovers - CV 13; Chbg 23. Fouls - CV 13; Chbg 5.
JV: Cumb. Valley 38, Chambersburg 22.
Next game: Wednesday, at home vs. State College, 6:30.