SAXTON - After having an eight-game winning streak snapped by Southern Fulton Tuesday, the Tussey Mountain girls basketball wasted little time getting back in the win column.
The Lady Titans held Everett to a season-low 30 points on their way to a 12-point win Thursday at the Tussey Mountain High School gym.
Caitlin Foster scored a game-high 14 points, and Morgan Lemin added 10 in the 42-30 victory that improved Tussey's record to 11-4. Everett dropped to 6-8 with its third straight loss.
"Everett's tough. We knew this would not be an easy game," Tussey coach Todd Gates said. "We did what we needed to do to get the win. We went to a 1-3-1 zone at the very end of the first quarter, and that made a big difference. They never did really crack through it."
After opening the game with eight points in less than four minutes of play, Everett scored just 22 points the remaining 3 quarters.
The Lady Warriors managed just 10 points in the second and third quarters combined, and Tussey slowly pulled away as the game went along.
"I thought Tussey played their best defense of the season, but then I looked at the stats and saw we missed 26 layups," Everett coach Keith Moyer said. "I don't know if it was good defense or our inability to finish."
Foster scored the Lady Titans first five points of the game on a driving layup and a 3-pointer but then hobbled off the floor with a leg injury midway through the opening quarter.
The senior guard returned towards the middle of the second and sank another 3-pointer that put Tussey up four nearing halftime. Foster's third trey of the game late in the third gave her team a 29-20 lead heading to the fourth quarter.
While Foster hurt Everett from behind the arc, Lemin and Morgan Gates burned the Lady Warriors along the baseline. Gates finished with eight points.
"Caitlin Foster's 3-pointers gave us a big spark, and Morgan Gates and Morgan Lemin did a good job on the baseline," Todd Gates said. "Morgan Lemin was out wide and hit some shots that opened up the block Morgan Gates to flash through and get four more buckets."
Abby Abbott-Watkins added six points, all of which came in the fourth quarter to help seal the win.
Aubrea Phipps, who entered the game averaging a double-double, had 10 points and pulled down 18 rebounds for Everett. Sophomore Baylee Beegle scored 10 points as well.
Neither team shot very well. Tussey shot less than 28 percent from the floor. Everett was even worse at slightly over 20 percent.
"Poor individual shooting. We did a great job on the boards, and on defense, we played well enough to win," Moyer said. "It's been like that all season. If it's not one thing, it's been another. If we can put it all together, we'll be able to finish the season strong and have a successful run in the postseason."
EVERETT (30): Morral 3 0-0 8, Phipps 3 4-5 10, Clark 1 0-0 2, Beegle 4 0-1 10, Duvall 0 0-0 0, Hillenbrand 0 0-0 0, Brallier 0 0-0 0, Price 0 0-0 0. Totals - 11 4-6 30.
TUSSEY MOUNTAIN (42): Abbott-Watkins 2 2-2 6, Runk 0 3-4 3, Lemin 4 2-2 10, Gates 4 0-0 8, Foster 4 3-5 14, Rupert 0 1-2 1, Reed 0 0-0 0, Claycomb 0 0-0 0. Totals - 14 11-15 42.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Everett10 4 6 10 - 30
Tussey Mountain13 6 10 13 - 42
3-point goals: Everett 4 (Morral 2, Beegle 2); Tussey Mountain 3 (Foster 3).
Records: Everett (6-8 overall, 4-4 SHL, 3-4 ICC South); Tussey Mountain (11-4 overall, 7-2 SHL, 6-2 ICC South).
Officials: Don Gibson, Lynn Durst, Steve Voytko.
JV: Tussey Mountain 52-22. High scorers-Brallier, E, 10; Reed, TM, 19.