Lady Tigers win tournament

HOLLIDAYSBURG – Most coaches say they don’t know what to expect until the season starts, and Hollidaysburg’s Deanna Jubeck is no different.

However, after dominating the Lester McCall Memorial Tip-off Tournament, Jubeck should be feeling good about her Lady Tigers.

“We had some tough [pre-season] scrimmages,” Jubeck noted, “but, when we came in, we were still sort of scratching our heads because we didn’t know which team would show up.”

The Lady Tigers trounced Bradford, 66-43, in the first round Friday night and followed with an easy 57-42 win over Blairsville in Saturday afternoon’s championship game.

Saturday’s final score is misleading because the Tigers led 20-6 after one quarter and 35-15 at the half, enabling Jubeck to clear her bench and insert 17 players into the game.

“This was a game that we wanted to get out quickly,” Jubeck said of the Tigers’ fast start. “We were playing a very good team in Blairsville, last year’s District 6 Class AA champion.

“We knew if we got out of the gates quickly, it would be to our advantage.”

The Tigers got their transition game in gear early and also showed good outside shooting by canning four 3-pointers in the first quarter. Tournament MVP Courteney Storm (seven) and teammate Ashley McClain (eight) combined for 15 of the Tigers’ 20 first-quarter points.

“Thanks to all of my teammates for getting me the ball in transition, especially Ashley McClain for being one good point guard,” said Storm, who finished with 13 points.

“Courteney is our senior leader,” Jubeck said. “She’s been here and knows what it’s like. She’s a two-year starter and has been on the team since 9th grade. She knows what we expect and she’s allowing that to trickle down to our 17 players.”

McClain, who tallied 12, and Sierra Kirsch, who scored 15, were named to the all-tournament team that included Blairville’s Chelsey Koren, who scored 15 yesterday, Bradford’s Ali Rinfrette and Bellwood-Antis’ Ana Hollen.

Storm was happy with the Tigers’ weekend.

“It feels great coming out and showing everyone that we actually are good, not like everyone else says,” Storm said, noting the Tigers graduated four starters from last season’s District 6 Class AAAA championship team.

“It feels great, proving them wrong.”

Jubeck was pleased with the Tigers’ teamwork.

“The kids worked together, distributed the ball and played unselfish,” Jubeck said. “That’s going to be key throughout the course of the season.”

Blairsville coach Ralph McGinnis said the tournament will benefit his team.

“That’s why we came here,” McGinnis said. “We know how good they are. They’re a very strong Quad-A school. Our schedule last year was weak and we’ve stepped it up. This was good experience for us.

“We did some good things the second half,” McGinnis said. “We just didn’t put up enough points and it was hard to defend them.”

BLAIRSVILLE (42): Misleaney 0 2-2 2, Boyer 1 0-0 3, O’Barto 5 6-6 19, Koren 5 5-9 15, Clayton 0 0-0 0, Ostach 0 0-0 0, Moore 0 0-0 0. Totals – 11 13-17 42.

HOLLIDAYSBURG (57): Storm 5 2-5 13, Jennings 3 2-4 8, Scheel 0 0-0 0, McClain 4 2-2 12, Kirsch 6 2-3 15, Davis 1 0-0 3, Palfey 2 0-0 4, Paul 1 0-0 2, Haupt 0 0-00, Wilkinson 0 0-0 0, Hurliman 0 0-0 0, Ellis 0 0-0 0, Stitt 0 0-0 0, Hurd 0 0-0 0, Betar 0 0-0 0, Baranik 0 0-0 0, Murphy 0 0-0 0. Totals – 22 8-14 57.


Blairsville6 9 9 18 – 42

Hollidaysburg 20 15 11 11 – 57

3-point goals: Blairsville 4 (O’Barto 3, Boyer); Hollidaysburg 5 (McClain 2, Storm, Kirsch, Davis).

Records: Blairsville (1-1); Hollidaysburg (2-0).

Officials: Rich Gergely, Dave Barroner, Bill Straesser.