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Defense, foul shots are key for Tigers

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Hollidaysburg’s Marin Miller has been leaving a lot of people frustrated lately.

Fortunately for the Lady Tigers, the people shaking their heads aren’t wearing Hollidaysburg colors.

Miller scored a game-high 28 points, including a 10-for-10 performance from the free throw line in the fourth quarter, as the Lady Tigers pulled away from Tyrone, 43-29, on Tuesday.

The Lady Eagles’ Stephanie Ramsey and Emma Getz both fouled out, Tyrone coach Luke Rhoades was whistled for a technical foul, and all of that was connected to Miller’s ability to draw contact.

“We want the ball in her hands,” Hollidaysburg coach Deanna Jubeck said. “She’s able to step up in pressure situations and seal the game for us.”

The Lady Tigers made just one field goal in the fourth quarter, and Jaida Parker’s free throw with 5:31 to play cut Tyrone’s deficit to just five points before Miller went to work once Hollidaysburg got into the bonus.

“She’s good at drawing contact, and she’s a tough player,” Rhoades said. “We have to guard people without fouling. We got into foul trouble tonight, and we have to do a better job and not foul.”

Tyrone came into the game as the top seed in District 6 Class 3A and had not lost since December. But the Lady Eagles managed just 10 field goals, and only Parker scored in double digits with 13 points.

“Right now defense is our focus point,” Jubeck said. “We have some players out right now, so our scoring isn’t what it used to be a few weeks ago. We’re really focusing on our defense and stopping people, and it’s doing big things for us right now.”

Just before halftime, Ashden Stitt drilled a 3-pointer to put Hollidaysburg up by eight. Both coaches agreed it was a critical shot.

“Not only her, but all our kids are stepping up,” Jubeck said. “We’re talking about being together and doing this together as one unit. Every kid we’re putting out on the court is playing their role well and doing big things for us.”

Ali Hatajik scored just five points for Hollidaysburg but had a game-high 16 rebounds.

Jubeck said Allison Hileman, a starting senior who has been out with an injury, will return next week for the playoffs.

Both teams still have one game to play before the postseason, but Tuesday’s performance concerned Rhoades.

“I thought our energy level tonight wasn’t good enough,” Rhoades said. “We have to shoot better and finish around the hoop. Their defense was good, but this is the type of atmosphere you’re going to have in the playoffs. It’s going to be a physical game. We’re going to have to grow from this. I’m disappointed. Not that we lost, because that’s going to happen, but I’m disappointed with the way we played. I didn’t think we mentally were where we needed to be.”

TYRONE (29): Ramsey 1 1-2 4, Fusco 0 0-0 0, Shaw 3 0-0 8, Getz 0 2-4 2, Parker 5 2-4 13, Gibbons 1 0-0 2, Brodzina 0 0-0 0, Lewis 0 0-0 0. Totals — 10 5-10 29.

HOLLIDAYSBURG (43): Miller 8 10-10 28, O’Neill 0 0-0 0, Hatajik 2 1-2 5, Bell 1 0-2 3, Lear 1 1-2 4, Stitt 1 0-0 3, Merriman 0 0-0 0, Figard 0 0-0 0. Totals — 13 12-16 43.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Tyrone 9 6 7 7 — 29

Hollidaysburg 10 13 7 13 — 43

3-point goals: Tyrone 4 (Shaw 2, Ramsey, Parker); Hollidaysburg 5 (Miller 2, S. Lear, Stitt, Bell).

Records: Tyrone (17-3); Hollidaysburg (15-6).

Officials: Chris Garritano, Doug Steve, Albert Deltorre

JV: Tyrone, 57-42. High scorers–Maci Brodzina, T, 22; Ashden Stitt, H, 15.

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