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West sweeps pair of District 5 games

March 27, 2013
By Philip Cmor (pcmor@altoonamirror.com) , The Altoona Mirror

BEDFORD - Tayler Pressel went up high above the rim for the lob pass. Before he could throw it down, though, a defender's hand got just enough of the ball to stop the Northern Bedford High School senior forward from grabbing it cleanly for the dunk.

"I thought he was going to get it," Pressel's twin brother, Zach, said, "but the other team didn't really want that to happen."

It was the night in a nutshell for the East boys in Tuesday's District 5 Athletic Directors Association All-Star Basketball Games at Bedford Area High School. After putting on a dunking exhibition in warmups, the senior stars from Bedford and Fulton counties found the West's interior defense too tough to crack as the Somerset County players emerged with a 104-92 win.

That gave the West a sweep. In the first game of the doubleheader, the East erased a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit only to come out on the short end of a 66-64 decision.

"I think not having a dunk [was the most disappointing thing]," said Zach Pressel, whose 13 points tied with his brother and H.O.P.E. for Hyndman's Brad Torbet for second on the East boys behind team MVP Nick Smartt's 19.

The Pressels, Torbet and Chestnut Ridge's Ben Pick put on a show for the fans in the pregame with an array of creative slams - one of Pick's actually made the backboard suspension recoil.

However, once the game really got underway, Shade's Wade Walker and Rockwood's Luke Miller took turns blocking East shots and controlling the boards.

And, while the East was working on its dunks, the West was practicing firing up 3-pointers. That came in handy as it made nine in the first three quarters and 11 in the game, storming out to a 21-point halftime lead.

"They had a great first half shooting-wise. They just seemed to be able to make anything," Zach Pressel said. "In a game like this, one bad defensive play turns into a couple of points."

The East managed to get the margin down to seven with 5:05 to go when Tussey Mountain's Mike Runk went on a 9-0 personal run.

"I was just trying to start something up and keep it going," Runk said.

Runk made his mark this season by averaging 9.7 assists for the Titans, and he had several sweet dishes in a losing effort on Tuesday.

"It's exciting [playing with guys like this] because I can rack up a lot of assists," Runk said. "It was a lot of fun."

The West, though, answered Runk with an 8-0 run of its own to snuff out the East's rally. Conemaugh Township's Josh Burns took home MVP honors for the West with 18 points. Shanksville-Stonycreek's Jordan Wilt and Township's Jeff Fisher netted 14 apiece, and the Shade combination of Walker and Ryan Fyock finished with 10 points each.

In the girls contest, the West seemed to have the game in hand, holding a 54-41 lead with around eight minutes to go. The East raced back, keyed by four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, to grab a 63-60 advantage with 48.7 seconds remaining.

Township's Lyndy Baer, however, tied it with a three-point play, and Berlin Brothersvalley's Marah Riley made a bucket to put the West up for good in the final seconds.

The East had chances at the end, but Meyersdale's Abby Stahl stole the ball with 5 seconds remaining. Then the East threw away its next inbounds pass.

"It was a good game. It was a fun game, playing with all of these girls we've competed against," said Northern Bedford's Leah Hershberger, who drained two treys and wound up with 11 points. "I wish we could have won, but we played hard. I think everyone had fun."

Aubrea Phipps of Everett took home MVP honors for the East girls, finishing with a team-best 14 points and having a good game on the boards. NBC's Cierra Cottle, winner of the halftime 3-point contest, scored 10.

"I feel really grateful to have won [MVP]. I just worked hard and gave it my all. I give credit to my teammates," Phipps said. "We came back. We picked up our defense and executed on the offensive end."

Shanksville's Kayla Stockenus topped all scorers with 17 points, while Riley had 11. Stockenus was the West MVP.

GIRLS

WEST (66): L. Baer 1 3-3 5, Riley 5 1-3 11, Stahl 3 0-0 6, Smith 2 2-3 7, C. Baer 1 0-0 2, Geary 1 0-0 2, Blough 0-0 6, Stockenus 6 4-5 17, Dunmyer 0 0-0 0, Najjer 0 0-0 0, Emert 4 0-0 8, Bender 1 0-0 2. Totals - 27 10-14 66.

EAST (64): Morton 0 2-2 2, Hershberger 4 1-4 11, Dougherty 3 1-3 8, 8, Phipps 5 4-5 14, Fedorchak 2 3-6 7, Morral 3 1-2 8, Cottle 3 2-4 10, Claycomb 0 0-0 0, Lauthers 1 1-2 3, Chilcote 0 0-0 0. Totals - 21 15-28 64.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

West 8 22 17 19 - 66

East13 7 18 26 - 64

3-point goals: West 2 (Smith, Stockenus); East 7 (Hershberger 2, Cottle 2, Morral 2, Dougherty).

Officials: Sarah Fye, Don Donaldson, Rod Brumbaugh.

BOYS

WEST (104): Fyock 4 0-0 10, Fisher 5 1-2 12, Burns 9 0-0 18, Glotfelty 2 1-1 5, Walker 5 0-0 10, Close 3 0-0 9, Wilt 5 0-0 14, Boyer 1 1-2 4, Barron 4 0-0 8, Miller 4 0-0 8, Slade 3 0-0 6, Ursino 0 0-0 0. Totals - 45 3-5 104.

EAST (92): Runk 4 0-0 9, Wiley 4 0-0 9, Husick 3 0-0 7, Z. Pressel 5 1-2 13, Torbet 6 1-2 13, Hurrell 1 0-0 2, Smartt 7 0-0 19, T. Pressel 5 3-4 13, Leydig 0 0-0 0, Pick 3 0-0 6. Totals - 38 5-8 92.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

West27 26 26 25 - 104

East17 15 30 30 - 92

3-point goals: West 11 (Fyock 2, Close 3, Wilt 4, Boyer, Fisher); East 9 (Z. Pressel 2, Smartt 5, Runk, Husick, Wiley).

Officials: Rod Brumbaugh, Don Bussard, Butch Beidle.

 
 
 

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