P-O star makes Centre County history

PHILIPSBURG — Philipsburg-Osceola’s Halle Herrington has had a basketball in her hands for as long as she can remember.

Now she’ll have a ball that signifies her as Centre County’s all-time leading scorer in girls basketball for the rest of her life.

Herrington used a crossover move to get herself open with about four minutes to play in the first half of Philipsburg-Osceola’s 81-50 loss to Penns Valley Friday night and drilled a 3-pointer to surpass Dana McDonald’s mark of 2,269 career points.

“Just knowing no one else is above me feels pretty awesome,” Herrington said. “It’s a sigh of relief knowing I don’t have anything else to worry about. I know we can move forward and worry about wins from now on.”

Herrington went on to score a game-high 29 points to bring her total to 2,285 with two regular season games and at least one playoff game remaining.

“There was a lot of energy and excitement, and we had a nice crowd,” Philipsburg-Osceola coach Robert Sauerwein said. “The moment gave me goosebumps.”

McDonald, a 1989 Penns Valley graduate, went on to play at Duke. Herrington has yet to commit to a college but plans on playing collegiately.

“I thought it was a very fitting end to her chase after Dana McDonald to capture it against Penns Valley,” Sauerwein said. “It’s something that the girls have been eyeing up all year long. First it was her hitting 2,000 points, then this, now the next focus is the playoffs, and the girls are excited for that opportunity.”

Herrington’s Lady Mounties will qualify for the District 6 Class 3A playoffs and currently stand at 9-11.

“Halle is the kind of girl who asks when can the gym be open and when we can we get shots up,” Sauerwein said. “She’s always the first one there and the last to leave. It’s that work ethic that has led her to where she is and it’s how she achieved this moment.”

Philipsburg-Osceola hosts Bald Eagle Area this afternoon and travels to Southern Huntingdon on Monday to close out the regular season.

“I want to thank my family for taking me everywhere, my teammates for supporting me through everything and my trainer Richard Jenner for getting me through all these important years,” Herrington said. “It feels pretty awesome being the top dog in Centre County.”

PENNS VALLEY (81): Butler 4 0-0 10, Collison 1 0-0 2, Culver 7 5-6 19, Kubalak 1 2-2 4, Montminy 11 0-0 28, Beban 2 0-0 4, Andrus 5 0-0 12, Welshans 1 0-0 2, Corman 0 0-0 0, Martell 0 0-0 0. Totals–32 7-8 81

PHILIPSBURG-OSCEOLA (50): Herrington 10 6-9 29, C Hughes 2 0-0 4, Kennedy 3 0-2 6, Bainey 4 1-2 9, Bordas 1 0-0 2, James 0 0-0 0, Hutton 0 0-0 0, S Hughes 0 0-0 0, Webster 0 0-0 0, Butterworth 0 0-0 0. Totals–20 7-13 50.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Penns Valley 18 24 20 19 81

Philipsburg-Osceola 13 16 11 10 50

3-point goals: Philipsburg-Osceola 3 (Herrington 3). Penns Valley 10 (Butler 2, Montminy 6, Andrus 2)

Records: Philipsburg-Osceola (9-11); Penns Valley (15-4).

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