SAXTON - Tussey Mountain's Morgan Lynn picked up two fouls in the first quarter against Northern Bedford, but it only slowed her down temporarily.
The senior forward's putback to close out the first half scoring was just a sign of bigger things to come. Lynn poured in a game-high 23 points, 18 coming in the second half, and pulled down 17 rebounds to help the Lady Titans down Northern Bedford 64-37 Saturday at the Tussey Mountain High School gym.
"Morgan Lynn's very tough inside. We thought she'd be the difference. It just took a while," Tussey coach Todd Gates said. "We were trying to get her the ball in the first half, but they collapsed right on her."
Tussey Mountain remains undefeated at 8-0, 3-0 in the Inter-County Conference South Division. Northern Bedford falls to 4-4, 4-1 in ICC South play.
Breana Kendrick, who was also saddled with two early fouls, finished with 17 points. Lynn and Kendrick keyed a 10-0 run in the third quarter to open up a double-digit on the Lady Panthers.
Kendrick hit a jump shot from the free throw line then threw in a runner for back-to-back buckets. Lynn followed with a layup off an assist from Kendrick. After Sam Coffman took a steal in for a layup, Lynn did the same exact thing moments later to give Tussey a 40-25 advantage.
Lynn scored later in the quarter on a putback then ripped off 12 points in the fourth quarter to seal the win for the Lady Titans.
"We had a tough time defending her once we had to come out of the zone and play man," Northern Coach Todd Eckenroad said. "It's the one matchup we didn't have an answer for."
Coffman led the Tussey defense with five steals, foul of which she turned into easy layups, and Paige Reed blocked five shots. Hannah Drenning led Northern with 12 points.
Tied 7-7 midway through the first quarter, Tussey took advantage of a series of Northern Bedford turnovers to go on a 9-0 run. Coffman turned steals into layups on back-to-back possessions, and Lynn converted a layup off a pass from Coffman following a Reed steal.
In between, Reed drained a 3-pointer from the corner.
Northern finished with 26 total turnovers.
"Turnovers without a doubt were the difference in the game," Eckenroad said. "We've been working on that in the practice, but they were able to exploit it. If we can curb those, we're right there with them."
Down 16-9 after one quarter, Northern fought back to tie the game 21-21 midway through the second. Drenning nailed a 3-pointer from the top key then scored on a layup off a turnover forced by Lana Gochnour and Sydney Snyder.
Snyder continue the Lady Panthers surge with a pair free throws, and Emma Eckenroad put in a layup off a pass from Drenning. Snyder then sank a long 3 to tie the game.
Tussey scored the final six points of the half, however, to take a 27-21 lead to the break and started the second half strong to take control of the game.
"We were very sluggish in the first half. We pressed early, but it wasn't very effective," Gates said. "We pressed again early in the third quarter, and it started clicking then. It wasn't our best game, but we stuck with it and stuck with it until things started coming together.
NORTHERN BEDFORD (37): Snyder 1 5-6 8, Drenning 3 5-7 12, Gochnour 3 0-0 7, Fink 0 0-0 0, Eckenroad 3 1-2 9, Eshelman 0 0-0 0, Ebersole 0 0-0 0, Leidy 0 1-2 1, Foor 0 0-0 0, Crooks 0 0-0 0, Veach 0 0-0 0. Totals - 10 12-17 37.
TUSSEY MOUNTAIN (64): Lynn 11 1-2 23, Kendrick 6 4-6 17, Rupert 2 0-2 5, Coffman 4 0-0 8, Reed 1 1-2 4, Stoudnour 1 5-8 7, Watkins 0 0-0 0. Totals - 25 11-20 64.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Northern Bedford 9 12 9 7 - 37
Tussey Mountain16 11 17 20 - 64
3-point goals: Northern Bedford 5 (Snyder, Drenning, Gochnour, Eckenroad 2); Tussey Mountain 3 (Reed, Kendrick, Rupert).
Records: Northern Bedford (4-4, 4-1 ICC South); Tussey Mountain (8-0, 3-0 ICC South).
JV: Northern Bedford, 43-34. High scorers-Eshelman 11 (NB); Husick 6 (TM).