HOLLIDAYSBURG - The senior class of Zach Ottaway, Brian Urban, Dom Viduya, Eric Miller and Kaleb Springer took the court at the Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School gymnasium for the final time of their careers on Tuesday night.
Unfortunately, that senior class was unable to go out on a winning note, losing, 54-47, against the Huskies of Mifflin County.
The game could not have started any worse than it did for the Golden Tigers, getting outscored 18-4 in the first quarter. Hollidaysburg did not get on the scoreboard until there was just 3:40 remaining, when Springer scored, and by that point, the Huskies already darted to a 7-0 advantage. And immediately following that, Mifflin County went on a 9-0 run, with the highlight coming when its 6-foot-7 senior center Seth Wagner had a rim-rattling slam dunk.
The Golden Tigers came out and played a much more respectable second quarter but were still outscored by four points. Wagner, who scored five points in the first quarter, netted seven more points in the second. Ottaway was the lone bright spot, scoring half of the Golden Tigers' points.
"Seth's a tremendous player," Mifflin County coach Aaron Gingrich said. "He's very versatile and can beat you both inside and out."
With the Golden Tigers trailing, 36-15, with just less than five minutes left in the quarter, Ottaway made the first of his four treys, and began a 9-0 run for his team. The Huskies responded by scoring the last five points of the third, taking a 17-point lead into the fourth.
It was appropriate that it was a senior, in Ottaway, that took over the game in the quarter. He scored five straight points in back-to-back possessions for Hollidaysburg, draining a trey and a hook shot. About 2:30 later, Ottaway drained another trey, this one coming from well beyond the arc. Less than 90 seconds later, he made his fourth and final trey of the contest, but then sophomore Nick Consiglio got the hot hand. A possession after Ottaway's final 3-pointer, Consiglio sank one from long range, and after Ottaway made a pair from the charity stripe, all of a sudden, the Huskies' lead was only four (46-42).
Mifflin County answered with a 7-0 run. The key run was ended by Urban's runner in the paint, and Consiglio's second trey, coming 10 seconds left, but Hollidaysburg was unable to get any closer.
"I was very proud of the kids' effort tonight," Hollidaysburg coach Mick Pentoney said. "We battled until the end."
Ottaway scored a team-high 20 points, including a game-high four treys.
The Golden Tigers fell to 6-14 and has just a pair of regular-season games left, before beginning the postseason. They play Bishop Carroll on Friday and Altoona next Tuesday.
Mifflin County, wrapping up its regular season at 9-13, will participate in the District 6-AAAA playoffs.
MIFFLIN COUNTY (54): Treaster 1 0-0 2, Wright 0 2-4 2, MacLay 2 1-2 6, Seby 2 0-0 5, Jerzerick 6 1-1 13, Wagner 9 7-9 25, Michaels 0 1-2 1. Totals 20 12-18 54.
HOLLIDAYSBURG (47): Miller 0 1-2 1, Ruggery 1 0-0 2, Ottaway 6 4-4 20, Urban 4 2-2 10, Springer 3 0-0 6, Consiglio 2 0-0 6, Viduya 1 0-0 2, Holsople 0 0-0 0, Mason 0 0-0 0, Adams 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 7-8 47.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Mifflin County18 12 11 13 - 54
Hollidaysburg4 8 12 23 - 47
3-point field goals: Mifflin County 2 (Seby, MacLay). Hollidaysburg 6 (Ottaway 4, Consiglio 2).
Records: Mifflin County (9-13); Hollidaysburg (6-14).
JV: Hollidaysburg, 46-43. High scorers-Torquato, MC, 14; Adams, H, 17.