HOLLIDAYSBURG - Hollidaysburg's Alex Scheel didn't light up the stat sheet against Williamsport, but her post defense played an important role in the Lady Tigers success.
"Alex Scheel's defense was a big key to the win. Their two post players can be very difficult," Hollidaysburg coach Deanna Jubeck said. "She and Morgan Jennings got us some early steals and made it possible to push the ball in transition."
Hollidaysburg defeated the Lady Millionaires, 61-43, Thursday at the HAHS gym for its 10th win of the season against just one loss.
The Lady Tigers got off to a fast start and kept the pressure on Williamsport throughout the first half. Hollidaysburg jumped out to a 13-2 lead and by the break, enjoyed a 21-point cushion.
"We talked before the game about getting off to a fast start and playing 32 minutes of maximum effort basketball," Jubeck said.
After Williamsport scored the first bucket of the game, Hollidaysburg reeled off the next 13 points, 10 coming from Courteney Storm.
The senior forward scored twice on the fastbreak, twice close to the basket in the halfcourt offense and converted a pair of free throws.
Williamsport (7-6) scored the final four points of the opening quarter, but the Lady Tigers started the second quarter just as strong as they did the first with a 13-3 run for a 26-9 lead.
Jennings opened the quarter with a 15-foot jump shot, McClain followed with a driving layup and a 3-pointer for five of her team-high 13 points. Sierra Kirsch added a fastbreak layup and a jump shot from the baseline.
Scheel scored on the fastbreak as well with an assist from Storm.
McClain scored five more points later in the quarter, and Caroline Ellis' 3-pointer just before halftime put Hollidaysburg up 34-13 at the break.
"Coming in against a team like Hollidaysburg, we knew it'd be a tough battle," Williamsport coach Derek Slaughter said. "We have some young players. This is a great learning experience playing on a big court against an aggressive team. It'll only help us as we go through the second half of the season."
Williamsport's post players Jaynelle Robinson and Jahnae Hall-Gaddy scored 18 and 13 points, respectively, but most of those points came in the second half after Scheel and Jennings were done for the night.
Jubeck pulled the starters midway through the third quarter, giving extended minutes to the reserves.
"If we can get a deeper in the bench that'll be a big benefit for us later in the season," Jubeck said.
WILLIAMSPORT (43): Harsch 2 0-0 4, Southard 0 0-0 0, Jennings 3 0-0 7, Robinson 9 0-4 18, Hall-Gaddy 6 1-2 13, Peterson 0 0-0 0, Whaley 0 1-2 1, Erb 0 0-0 0. Totals - 20 2-8 43.
HOLLIDAYSBURG (61): Jennings 2 0-0 4, Storm 5 2-2 12, Kirsch 2 2-2 6, Scheel 1 0-2 2, McClain 5 1-2 13, Davis 1 0-0 3, Palfey 1 0-0 3, Ellis 1 0-0 3, Hurliman 3 0-0 6, Haupt 0 0-0 0, Wilkinson 1 2-2 4, Stitt 0 0-0 0. Totals - 23 10-13 61.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Williamsport 6 7 16 14 - 43
Hollidaysburg 13 21 19 8 - 61
3-point goals: Williamsport 1 (Jennings); Hollidaysburg 5 (McClain 2, Davis, Palfey, Ellis).
Records: Williamsport (7-6); Hollidaysburg (10-1).
JV: 51-13, Hollidaysburg. High scorers-Guinter 5 (W); Haupt 10 (H).