Lady Lions romp

Darby Lee and Rachel Dibert returned to the starting lineup, Altoona built a 43-point lead before Brashear scored a point and the Lady Lions won in a romp, 81-10, at the Altoona Area High School Fieldhouse Friday night.

Originally, Lee and Dibert were scheduled to have the week off to rest before returning to action against Shaler in a game slated for today. When that game was postponed earlier Friday, the plan changed.

“We wanted to rest them, and we did,” Altoona coach Jill Helsel said. “We thought we were going to be playing Shaler tomorrow, and since we’re not, I didn’t want to wait too long to get them back into the flow of things.”

The rest seemed to pay off – especially for Lee. The 6-foot-1 senior dominated the first half, scoring a game-high 20 points, before taking a seat on the bench for the final two quarters.

The game was a mismatch from the first minute on. Just seconds into the game, McKenzie Hatch drilled the first of 10 Lady Lion 3-pointers, and the rout was on.

Altoona forced 14 Brashear turnovers in the first quarter and led, 30-0, 8 minutes into the game.

“Altoona is a good team,” Brashear coach Nicole Rendine said. “They are disciplined and do the basics. They rebound, box out, pass and shoot better than us. You can tell they are well coached.”

The Lady Lions forced 37 turnovers in the game.

“We emphasize to our team that it doesn’t matter who you play, you have to do the little things,” Helsel said. “There’s always room for improvement, but we did a pretty good job in that area.”

No Altoona starters played in the second half, but Brittanee Davis joined Lee in double figures by scoring 11 in the first 16 minutes.

Though there was no junior varsity game Friday, the usual JV players got plenty of experience.

Amber Newberry and Brittany Stouffer each connected on a pair of 3-pointers, and Altoona held Brashear to just four points in the second half.

“[The junior varsity players] work so hard in practice,” Helsel said. “It’s the second five and the next five that make the starters good, because they go against them all the time in practice. It’s good to reward them in the game.”

Altoona improved to 7-6 and will travel to Bishop McCort on Monday.

“I like where we’re at,” Helsel said. “I think we’re playing good ball, and I think some kids are peaking at a perfect time. There are some things we need to fix, but not a lot of things.

“We have played some really great teams, and we’ve hung with them. Our kids are ready for the final stretch and excited for it.”

BRASHEAR (10): Kopko 2 0-0 4, Conner 1 0-0 2, Koch 0 0-0 0, Brueken 1 0-0 2, Wilde 1 0-2 2, Clybourne 0 0-0 0, Hawes 0 0-0 0, Kelsey 0 0-0 0. Totals – 5 0-2 10.

ALTOONA (81): Hatch 2 1-2 6, Davis 4 2-2 11, Dibert 2 0-0 4, L. Donley 2 2-3 8, Darby Lee 9 2-2 20, S. Donley 1 0-0 2, Muffie 2 0-0 4, Caracciolo 0 0-0 0, Darcy Lee 0 0-0 0, Newberry 2 0-0 6, Knab 1 2-3 5, Mayhue 1 0-0 2, Shetrom 0 0-0 0, Stouffer 2 0-0 6, Whitfield 1 0-0 2, Kreuz 1 0-0 3, Koehle 1 0-0 2. Totals – 31 9-12 81.


Brashear0 6 0 4 – 10

Altoona30 23 16 12 – 81

3-point goals: Brashear: none; Altoona 10 (L. Donley 2, Newberry 2, Stouffer 2, Hatch, Davis, Knab, Kreuz).

Records: Brashear (2-11); Altoona (7-6).

Officials: David Day, Dave Heim, Clark Adelman.

JV: No game.