Lady Tigers pound Obama
HOLLIDAYSBURG — If there were any doubts that the Hollidaysburg girls basketball team was determined to bounce back from Thursday’s loss to Altoona, those went away pretty quickly Saturday evening.
“(Friday) and even (Saturday) morning we got into the gym and these kids got after it,” Hollidaysburg coach Deanna Jubeck said. “It was probably two of the best practices that we’ve had all year. You could see the determination in these kids that the things we’re doing poorly in our four losses, they really want to fix.”
It showed from the opening tip as the Lady Tigers — in what could be a preview of a District 6-8-9 Class 5A subregional playoff game — took an early 15-2 advantage and cruised to a 59-40 victory over Obama Academy Saturday evening at the Hollidaysburg Area High School Gymnasium.
“They’re a very athletic team,” Jubeck said. “They have a good inside presence with (Samaree Perkins), and they have a handful of shooters. We knew we were in for a dog fight for 32 minutes.”
The Lady Tigers defense forced the Lady Eagles into several key turnovers in the first half, some leading to big opportunities including a lay up from Sydney Lear and bonus from Marin Miller to give the home team a 27-15 halftime lead.
“You just can’t have that many turnovers and expect to win a game,” Obama Academy coach Monique McCoy said. “Especially when they’re able to convert those into points. That just makes it very, very difficult. Passes need to be better, particularly the entry passes.”
Coming out of the locker room Hollidaysburg started to pull away led by a pair of jumpers from senior Allison Hileman who finished the night with 11 points to give the Tigers a 45-28 lead after three.
In the fourth quarter, Miller finished it off for the Lady Tigers and drew a pair baskets with a foul as she went on to score her game-high 26 points.
“She’s a very confident player, and we need her on the court,” Hileman said. “She just works hard, and I’m happy for her.”
Jubeck feels Miller is showing just how much she’s matured in her sophomore season.
“She’s doing a good job being able to distinguish between when it’s her time, and when she needs to trust her teammates, and make that extra pass for a good shot. It allows us to get out and make shots that we’re use to day in and day out at practice.”
The Lady Tigers will now head on the road to Punxsutawney on Monday.
OBAMA ACADEMY (40): J. Perkins 6 0-4 12, Johnson 1 0-0 3, Creighton 3 0-0 6, S. Perkins 3 2-4 8, Levitt 3 2-4 8, Peters 1 0-0 2, Page 0 0-0 0, Woodruff 3 0-0 6. Totals: 18 2-8 40
HOLLIDAYSBURG (59): O’Neill 0 0-0 0, Hileman 4 1-4 11, Miller 8 8-8 26, Bell 2 1-2 7, Hatajik 2 3-4 9, S. Lear 3 0-0 6, H. Merriman 0 0-0 0, Snyder 0 0-0 0, Pandolph 0 0-0 0. Totals: 19 13-16 59.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Obama Academy 2 13 13 12 — 40
Hollidaysburg 15 12 18 14 — 59
3-point field goals: Obama Academy 2 (J. Perkins, Levitt); Hollidaysburg 7 (Hileman 2, Miuller, Bell 2, Hatajik 2)
Records: Obama Academy (4-6); Hollidaysburg (8-4)
JV: Hollidaysburg, 33-30. High scorers: Taylor Woodruff, O, 16; Aubrie Sipes, H, 10.
Referees: Jeff Fisher, Mike Conron, Scott Campbell