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Second-half run ignites Lady Titans

February 22, 2013
By Judd Manning (sports@altoonamirror.com) , The Altoona Mirror

SAXTON - As unhappy as Tussey Mountain girls coach Todd Gates was with his team's play in the first half, he couldn't have been more satisfied with the second.

Tied at the half with Windber, 22-22, the Lady Titans outscored the Lady Ramblers 38-16 in the second half to send them to victory, 60-38, at the Tussey Mountain High School gymnasium.

"It was like we had the jitters," Gates said of his team's start. "Things weren't going our way in the first half, but we played a whole lot more relaxed in the second."

Leading with 3:47 left in the second quarter, 19-14, Tussey (17-6) allowed Windber (12-11) to go on an 8-0 run and give the Lady Ramblers their first and only lead of the game, 20-19.

"We had them trapped with the press," Gates said. "They found ways out of it."

"They were playing very tough," Tussey senior forward Olivia Claycomb said. "They out-hustled us there for a few minutes."

Windber helped its own cause defensively in the second quarter, keeping Claycomb off the score sheet after her six points in the first.

"[Windber's Kortney Lampel] is a big girl," Gates said. "They were staying behind [Claycomb] and making her shoot over the top of her. She was having a tough time."

The Lady Ramblers were led by senior Amanda Blough's 11 points, and Lampel added 10.

The only senior on Tussey's roster, Claycomb had a little bit of extra incentive that she passed on to her teammates in the second half.

"I didn't want this to be my last game," Claycomb said. "That was my motivator. We weren't ready for it to end."

Junior Morgan Lynn started the Lady Titans third quarter by making back to back jump shots, followed by 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions by guards Paige Reed and Courtney Rupert that propeled Tussey's lead to nine after three quarters.

"We were able to take it to them little better offensively [in the second half]," Gates said. "The ball bounced our way and we caused turnovers."

Tussey will face top-seeded Everett next Friday at 6 p.m. at UPJ for the District 5-AA championship.

WINDBER (38): Weaver 2 0-0 4, Lampel 3 4-9 10, Blough 4 3-4 11, Ponczek 3 0-0 7, Wentz 1 2-2 4, Nihoff 1 0-0 2, Navarro 0 0-0 0, Vasas 0 0-0 0, Blasic 0 0-0 0. Totals - 14 9-15 38.

TUSSEY MOUNTAIN (60): Kendrick 4 11-15 20, Claycomb 7 2-2 16, Lynn 2 0-0 4, Reed 3 0-1 8, Rupert 2 5-5 10, Stoudnour 1 0-0 2, Coffman 0 0-0 0 , Folk 0 0-0 0, Hinkel 0 0-0 0, Husick 0 0-0 0, Snyder 0 0-0 0 , Snyder 0 0-0 0. Totals - 19 18-23 60.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Windber12 10 15 23 - 60

Tussey Mountain10 12 6 10 - 38

3-point goals: Windber 1 (Ponczek); Tussey Mountain 4 (Reed 2, Kendrick, Rupert).

Records: Windber (12-11); Tussey Mountain (17-6).

 
 

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