Tussey’s season ends

PENN HILLS – Tussey Mountain’s record-setting season came to an end Tuesday night, losing 45-39 to General McLane in the second round of the PIAA Girls Class AA basketball tournament at Penn Hills High School.

“It was a good season. We set a school record with 24 wins. We won a district [5] championship. These games were all a bonus at this point,” Tussey Mountain coach Todd Gates said. “You’re going to lose the last one unless you win the state title. [General McLane] was a tough matchup. Unfortunately, our luck ran out tonight.”

Tussey Mountain (24-2) was led by Morgan Lynn, who scored 10 of her 20 points in the fourth quarter in an attempt to single-handedly bring back the Lady Titans from a third-quarter nine-point deficit, but the District 10 champion Lady Lancers (24-3) made their free throws down the stretch to ice the game.

“Morgan [Lynn] played very well on both ends of the floor. She was able to post her girl up and turn around and score,” Gates said. “[General McLane] eventually stopped her with a zone defense but she was still able to get inside.”

Breana Kendrick added 10 points for the Lady Titans.

“Breana played very well too,” Gates said. “She got some good shots.”

Throughout most of the game, Tussey Mountain had no answer for General McLane guard Michelle Jahn. She led all scorers with 22 points.

“[Jahn] was very tough,” Gates said. “You couldn’t back off her or she would hit a three. If you played up on her, she would drive right by you.”

General McLane took an early 2-0 lead on a Michelle Jahn layup. Kendrick scored the Lady Titans first field goal midway through the first quarter.

Stoudnour’s free throw gave Tussey Mountain its first lead of the game and a Paige Reed basket gave the Lady Titans a 9-8 lead to end the first.

Stoudnour hit a layup early in the second to extend Tussey Mountain’s lead to 11-8, but Jahn stayed hot from the floor. She hit a 3-pointer and Celeste Seidel converted a three-point play and the Lady Lancers were back up at 17-14.

Two Lynn layups kept the Lady Titans close and they trailed 22-18 at the half.

“We played a great defensive game. Michelle [Jahn] really had a big game for us and we got some great play off the bench,” McLane coach Sarah Jay said. “We had to adjust as the game went on.”

Jahn hit a 3-pointer in the final minute of the third to push General McLane’s lead to 33-23. Kendrick answered with a 3-pointer to close the gap to 33-26.

General McLane out-scored Tussey Mountain, 13-8, in the third, fueled by three Celeste Seidel baskets late in the quarter. She added 15 points.

Tussey got as close as 38-36 at the 5:00 mark, but McLane hit seven foul shots down the stretch to seal the victory.

“We played hard ’til the end so that’s all you can ask. [General McLane] was just a little bit better than us,” Gates said.

GENERAL MCLANE (45): Jahn 6 7-11 22, Schaefer 0 1-2 1, Seidel 5 5-5 15, Rodrigues 1 4-4 7, Lytle 0 0-0 0, Higham 0 0-0 0. Totals: 12 17-22 39.

TUSSEY MOUNTAIN (39): Lynn 8 4-9 20, Kendrick 3 2-7 10, Reed 2 0-0 5, Stoudnour 1 2-2 4, Rupert 0 0-0 0, Coffman 0 0-0 0. Totals: 14 8-20 39


General McLane 8 14 13 10 – 45

Tussey Mountain 9 9 8 13 – 39

3-point goals: General McLane (Jahn 3, Rodrigues); Tussey Mountain (Kendrick 2).

Records: General McLane (24-3); Tussey Mountain (24-2).

Officials: Scott Fodi, Ed Moeller, Ed Zboyovsky