HOLLIDAYSBURG - The Central Mountain high school girls basketball team was in the wrong place at the wrong time Wednesday night.
The Lady Wildcats visited Hollidaysburg, which was coming off its first loss of the season to Seton LaSalle Saturday.
The Lady Tigers got back on track in a big way, 66-19, in a game that featured a running clock, which is instituted when a team takes a 40-point lead, midway through the third quarter until the final horn.
"We thought of this as a revenge game," Hollidaysburg's Morgan Griffith said. "We wanted to get back out there and get back to winning. We definitely used losing [Saturday] to our advantage."
Griffith scored 18 of her game-high 23 points in the first half and left the game for good after making a layup with 3:12 to play in the third quarter.
"She's a great athlete," Central Mountain coach Lindsey Rogers said. "She's got good size, and she's a tough player. I think that our girls didn't rise to the occasion against her, but I give her a lot of credit too."
Hollidaysburg scored the first six points of the game and never trailed. Central Mountain (5-12) shot just 2-of-11 from the field in the first quarter and committed 12 turnovers by halftime.
"On-the-ball defense is where we start," Hollidaysburg coach Deanna Jubeck said. "If we have good on-the-ball defense, then the rest of our defenses click. I thought once we were aggressive on the ball, it made our defense work."
After taking a 35-11 lead into the locker room, Hollidaysburg's starters pulled a short encore in the second half. Morgan Jennings scored six quick points to bring her game total to 12, Hannah Mercer hit a 3-pointer, grabbed four rebounds and finished with a game-high 10 boards and Susie Ellis scored her first basket of the game with a 3-pointer to make the score 48-13.
"I look at this game, and it's definitely a game I think we could have played better," Rogers said. "We could have scored and rebounded better, but we need to learn from this, because we play Hollidaysburg again."
Hollidaysburg (12-1) put its junior varsity team in during the fourth quarter and still managed to outscore the Lady Wildcats starters, 8-3. Emily Haupt and Kiki Davis hit 3-pointers for the Lady Tigers.
Hollidaysburg starting point guard Alexia Servello missed the game due to an injury she suffered against Seton LaSalle, and is day-to-day according to Jubeck.
"The majority of what we talked about in the locker room before the game and in practice this week was that we had a great effort against Seton LaSalle Saturday, but we got a monkey on our back and our first loss," Jubeck said. "It was time to come out and come out strong. We made sure we got off to a good start and got back into the win column."
CENTRAL MOUNTAIN (19): Walker 2 0-1 4, Heckman 2 2-2 6, Miller 0 1-2 1, Garbrick 2 0-0 5, Shady 0 0-0 0, Gilmore 1 0-0 3, Williams 0 0-0 0, Sellinger 0 0-0 0. Totals - 7 3-5 19.
HOLLIDAYSBURG (66): Griffith 8 7-10 23, Mercer 2 4-4 9, S. Ellis 1 0-0 3, Jennings 5 2-2 12, Muir 2 0-0 4, McClain 1 0-0 3, Scheel 0 0-0 0, Tomassetti 1 0-0 3, Kirsch 1 1-2 3, Palfey 0 0-0 0, Haupt 1 0-0 3, C. Ellis 0 0-0 0, Davis 1 0-0 3, Hurliman 0 0-2 0, Stitt 0 0-0 0. Totals - 23 14-20 66.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Central Mountain6 5 5 3 - 19
Hollidaysburg17 18 23 8 - 66
3-point goals: Central Mountain 2 (Garbrick, Gilmore); Hollidaysburg 5 (Mercer, McClain, Tomassetti, Haupt, Davis).
Records: Central Mountain (5-12); Hollidaysburg (12-1).
Officials: Dick Wagner, Gary Zimmerman, Mike Andrews
JV: Hollidaysburg, 78-22. High scorers-Kiki Davis/Sierra Kirsch, H, 19 each; Lydia McCaleb/Rachael Williams, CM, 7.