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March 8, 2013

Perles' 30 helps Mount Carmel win state opener

By Scott Dudinskie

The Daily Item

COAL TWP. -- Christina Perles conducted a number of post-game interviews Friday lying on her back while a handsome young man massaged her legs.

Don't let the imagery fool you; it wasn't that glamorous.

In dire need of a place to recline so a trainer could work out painful cramps, Mount Carmel's senior post hit the deck in a hallway outside the Red Tornadoes' locker room at Shamokin High.

As for the interviews?

Well, the media simply couldn't wait to talk to someone who scored a season-high 30 points in just three quarters of an 80-70 state playoff win over Wilkes-Barre GAR.

Mount Carmel scored the ball as consistently Friday as in any game it played in a season that produced a third consecutive district title. Perles was the epitome of that consistency.

She had at least eight points in each of the first three periods, with a high of 11 in the third when the Red Tornadoes seized control.

"I just didn't want it to be my last game. I wanted to help my team," said Perles, wincing often despite her comfortable position. "I feel like we just really didn't want to be done with the season."

Mount Carmel (23-4) led by two after a half in which both teams averaged better than a bucket per minute. Then the Tornadoes turned up the heat and outscored GAR 29-12 in the third, closing the period with a crippling 18-2 spurt over the last four minutes.

"The girls showed some discipline," said Mount Carmel coach Lisa Varano. "(GAR) kept it close in the first half, and we went to a little bit more pressure -- even with some foul trouble -- and we were able to create turnovers and score. I think that was a big key."

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