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Lady Lions take Trojans to the wire in setback

February 24, 2008
By Scott Muska,
EDINBORO — The Altoona Area High School girls basketball team saw its season come to an end in heartbreaking fashion at the hands of Erie McDowell on Saturday afternoon at General McLane High School in a PIAA Class AAAA sub-regional game.

The contest was tied at 48-all with four seconds remaining when Trojans guard Christie Spear drove through the middle of the paint and found Lindsey Ober-acker open at the block for a lay-in and foul.

Oberacker missed the free throw but grabbed her own rebound to seal the 50-48 victory.

‘‘We just played terrible defensively today, and good defense is what getting wins is all about,” Altoona coach Craig Long said. ‘‘We were in foul trouble, and that hurt us, but I don’t know how many of the fouls on our forwards came as a result of our perimeter players not being able to stay in front of their assignments.”

The Lady Lions had a cold shooting day, especially from behind the arc, and Altoona’s leading scorer Shelby Reimer was held scoreless by the Trojans (18-9).

‘‘They played a lot more zone than we expected,” Long said. ‘‘If we shot the ball well, then we would’ve been in good shape, but when your leading scorer doesn’t score in the game then that hurts you. If she’d been able to get going offensively, and a few more things would have gone our way, then we could’ve come out on top.”

Marrysa Moyer was the only Lady Lion to score in double figures. She finished with 11 points, while Jackie Reilly netted nine despite being in foul trouble for most of the second half.

The Trojans’ Allison Braun scored 22 points to lead all scorers in the game, while Oberacker finished with 10. Freshman Maddie Hahesy scored all seven of her points in a third quarter that saw the lead change hands seven times.

‘‘We really picked up our defense in the second half,” Trojans coach Jim Mountain said. ‘‘It was a very exciting game, and I’m really happy for the girls.”

The Trojans will move on to the first round of the PIAA playoffs and will play the No. 4 ranked team from District 7 at a time and place that have yet to be determined.

Altoona finished the season at 9-18.

ALTOONA (48): Janelle Nardozza 4 0-0 8, Sa. Reimer 2 0-0 6, Eckenrode 0 0-0 0, Moyer 4 3-4 11, Waddell 3 0-0 8, Sh. Reimer 0 0-0 0, Foose 2 2-3 6, Reilly 3 3-4 9. Totals 18 8-11 48.

MCDOWELL (50): J. Krause 0 0-0 0, Hahesy 3 1-1 7, Spear 0 0-1 0, Braun 8 6-6 22, L. Krause 1 1-2 4, Oberacker 3 4-9 10, Schaaf 1 0-0 2, Innes 1 3-4 5. Totals 17 15-23 50.


Altoona 11 12 13 12 — 48

McDowell 13 9 15 13 — 50

3-point goals: Altoona 4 (Sa. Reimer 2, Waddell 2), McDowell 1 (L. Krause).

Records: Altoona (9-18); McDowell (18-9).

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