Defensive move helps Dragons down Eagles
By Michael Boytim
MARTINSBURG — Tyrone’s Sydney Shaw made headlines last week when she made 13 3-pointers and the Lady Eagles connected on 18 as a team in a victory over Philipsburg-Osceola.
It definitely caught Central coach Rob Mock’s attention.
“Shaw obviously has been putting up a lot of big numbers from the 3-point line,” Mock said. “Our plan tonight was to put Cassie Mock on her and shadow her all night. We wanted to make her earn everyone of those that she got.”
Mock’s extra attention on Shaw paid off. Tyrone shot just 4-of-22 from beyond the arc, and the Lady Dragons came up with a win over their Mountain League rival, 36-31, Tuesday night.
“We had open looks in the first half, but not so much in the second half,” Tyrone coach Luke Rhoades said. “The first half we had open looks, but you have to give their defense credit. We had some looks tonight and just didn’t hit them. That’s the way it goes sometimes.”
Central started the game on an 11-0 run, and Tyrone didn’t score until Shaw made a 3-pointer with 2:10 left in the first quarter.
“We knew this was going to be a physical matchup and that we had to start early,” Mock said. “We wanted to put them on their heels. In the past, we have had to fight from behind against them. Tonight it was nice to get the tempo started and have them have to fight back.”
The first two baskets of the game came from Maddi Metzler, who finished with a game-high 18 points for Central. Metzler’s biggest contribution came as the fourth quarter was winding down.
Tyrone trailed by nine with less than four minutes to play when Kelsey Johnson’s layup started a 10-0 run capped by Shaw’s second — and final — 3-pointer of the game that put the Lady Eagles ahead, 31-30, with 1:16 to play.
Central brought the ball down and lost it momentarily before Metzler made a jumper from just inside the 3-point line with 1:05 to play that gave the Lady Dragons the lead for good.
“It was all about working the ball and coming up big for the team,” Metzler said. “It’s an awesome feeling coming back from that 3-pointer. We always fight back, and I knew we were going to do it again.”
Metzler added a pair of free throws to put Central up by three with 46.5 seconds left.
“I think that’s the best game I have seen Maddi Metzler play,” Mock said. “She’s been huge this year. She’s stepping up with a lot of confidence. I’m not going to lie, when (Shaw) hit that 3-pointer, I was worried because we have youth on our team. I didn’t know how we’d handle it, but then here she comes right back and drills that shot.”
Tyrone worked the ball around the outside, calling two timeouts to reset, but couldn’t get Sydney Shaw open for an attempt to tie. Instead, Shannon Shaw took a 3-pointer that was blocked with some contact, leaving Rhoades frustrated.
“We fought back and got that lead by one,” Rhoades said. “Then they took the ball down, fumbled it around out to (Metzler) and she hit a big shot. You have to give her credit on that one. This one hurts. We wanted this one bad.”
Central’s win was its second over Tyrone, accounting for both of the Lady Eagles’ Mountain League losses. The Lady Dragons have just one loss in conference, to Penns Valley.
“It was crazy in here,” Metzler said. “All the fans coming to the game was great. It’s probably the biggest crowd we have had all year. We’ve never worked better as a team. This is the greatest year for me.”
TYRONE (31): Kosoglow 1 2-4 4, Fusco 1 0-0 3, Wagner 0 0-2 0, Sy. Shaw 3 3-4 11, Lehman 1 4-4 6, Ronan 1 0-0 2, Sh. Shaw 0 0-0 0, Johnson 2 0-0 5. Totals — 9 9-14 31.
CENTRAL (36): C. Mock 1 0-0 2, Metzger 1 1-2 3, Mock 0 0-1 0, Brumbaugh 5 2-2 13, Metzler 8 2-3 18, E. Smith 0 0-0 0. Totals — 15 5-8 36.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Tyrone 6 6 9 10 — 31
Central 13 5 10 8 — 36
3-point goals: Tyrone 4 (Sy. Shaw 2, Fusco, Johnson); Central 1 (Brumbaugh).
Records: Tyrone (9-7); Central (13-3).
Officials: Randy Burkett, Brandon Hoover, Matt Dry
JV: Tyrone, 34-27. High scorers–Shannon Shaw, T, 14; Hannah Griffith/ackenzie Miller, C, 9 each.