Seniors ignite Tigers

HOLLIDAYSBURG — It all started with a jumper from Hollidaysburg girls basketball senior Meghan Snyder.

Morgan O’Neill later followed suit with a scoring outburst of her own, and then Allison Hileman had her own way with Huntingdon.

It was a senior-led effort right out of the gate for the Lady Tigers as they went on a 21-2 run and cruised to a 58-30 win on senior night against the Lady Bearcats Thursday night at the Hollidaysburg Area High School Gymnasium.

“Our seniors came out and they opened the gates for us,” Hollidaysburg coach Deanna Jubeck said. “This probably is one of the better games that we’ve played all year, and kudos to every senior who stepped out on the court.”

O’Neill got the run going with all three of her 3-pointers and took a feed from Alison Hatajik to set up the early rout.

The Lady Bearcats didn’t manage to bury a bucket until about 2 minutes into the second quarter on a jumper from Kynnedy Miller.

More from the Lady Tigers came in the second as an O’Neill steal was turned into a jumper from Hileman to make it 34-11 Lady Tigers at the half.

“We just couldn’t handle their pressure,” Huntingdon coach Jeremy Uhrich said. “We told our girls that they were going to face heavy pressure defensively. We struggled handling the ball, we couldn’t get into our sets, we played undisciplined and it’s tough to come back against a team like that.”

Hileman and O’Neill led the Tigers with 13 points apiece. Sydney Lear — who scored nine in the second quarter alone — finished with 10.

The Lady Tigers didn’t let up in the third as they drew a pair of bonus situations on buckets from Hatajik and Marin Miller to make it a 49-20 lead after three.

Uhrich noted that with February now getting closer, his Lady Bearcats still have some room to grow for a team that is in a good position to lock up a home game in the District 6 Class 4A playoffs.

“We came out scared, and I’m not sure why,” he said. “This is playoff stretch. I told our girls tonight this is a playoff team; Tyrone is a playoff team.

“We need to be ready to play these types of games. We need to win a game like this if we want to contend and do something late in the season.”

While she knows that more games remain, Jubeck couldn’t be more proud of this Lady Tiger senior class.

“I can’t say enough about the senior leadership on this team,” she said. “It’s not just on the court, it’s off the court as well. Kudos to their parents for that. They’re respectable and they’re the kind of kids you want to represent Lady Tiger basketball.”

Hollidaysburg will look to now put a stranglehold on the top seed Saturday in the 5A playoffs as it travels to Saint Francis University’s DeGol Arena to play Portage.

HUNTINGDON (30): Miller 1 0-0 2, Reamer 1 2-5 4, McElroy 6 2-4 14, A. Troup 0 2-4 2, L. Troup 1 2-4 4, R. Kyle 1 0-0 2, Burkey 0 0-0 0, E. Kyle 1 0-0 2, Patrick 0 0-0 0, Bilich 0 0-0 0. Totals: 11 8-17 30.

HOLLIDAYSBURG (58): O’Neill 4 2-2 13, Hileman 4 4-4 13, Miller 3 3-5 9, H. Merriman 0 0-0 0, Snyder 1 0-0 2, Bell 0 0-0 0, Hatajik 2 2-3 6, S. Lear 4 1-2 10, Reed 1 0-0 2, Stitt 1 1-1 3, Plummer 0 0-0 0, Figard 0 0-0 0, Contreras 0 0-0 0, Pandolph 0 0-2 0, Sipes 0 0-0 0. Totals: 18 13-19 58.


Huntingdon 2 9 9 10 — 30

Hollidaysburg 21 13 15 9 — 58

3 point field goals: Hollidaysburg 5 (O’Neill 3, Hileman, Lear)

Records: Huntingdon (8-7); Hollidaysburg (11-4)

Officials: Dan Fletcher, Anthony Sottile, Louis Garzarelli.

JV: Hollidaysburg, 44-20. High scorers–Lilian Greenfield, Maria Miller, Hu, 4; Camryn Figard, Sydney Lear, H, 11.


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