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."