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Lady Titans fall in second half

INDIANA — Tussey Mountain had it going early in the contest, holding an 11-8 lead after eight minutes.

But the Lady Titans were unable to keep up, ending their season again in the second round of the PIAA Class 1A playoffs, this time with a 70-50 loss to WPIAL champion Rochester Wednesday night at Indiana High School.

Lexi Weimert led the Lady Titans in scoring with 15 points, including a perfect 8-for-8 from the free-throw line, while Kailee Leonard had seven buckets for 14 points.

Meghan Molosky drained three 3-pointers for 11 total points, and Sophie Brumbaugh added 6 points.

“Weimert picked up two fouls in the first quarter, so we couldn’t play them man any more and we had to go to a zone,” Tussey Mountain coach Todd Gates said. “And then they just made everything in the second half.”

Rochester was powered by the duo of Alexis Robison and Corynne Hauser, who handled the lion’s share of the second-half scoring for the Lady Rams.

Robison was the game’s leading scorer with 27 points, while Hauser had four 3-pointers and four other field goals for 20 points.

The pair helped power Rochester to a 23-point third quarter and 22-point fourth quarter that put the game out of reach for Tussey.

“We weren’t really expecting that,” Gates said about Robison’s strong performance for Rochester.

“When we had to go to a zone, we were kind of overplaying (Jasmine) Mack inside. We were doubling down on the post and Robison was just sitting outside and making her shots.”

Weimert and Brumbaugh both played their final game in a Lady Titan uniform, along with defensive contributor Keirsten Park.

“Lexi is a four-year starting point guard, so she’ll be hard to replace,” Gates said. “Sophie contributes so much, and Keirsten Park is an oustading defender and a hustler. She’s been really instrumental to our success.”

Overall, Gates was happy with the success of his Lady Titans team, and with the junior varsity team going 16-3 this past season there is reason for optimism in Saxton in the coming years.

“You win 20 games you’re playing in the middle of March, it has to be a success,” Gates said. “With the group we had, we were hoping for more, but it was a successful season.

“We’ve got four returning letterwinners coming back. It’ll be a different look, but we’ll put the pieces together and try and make it happen again next year.”

TUSSEY MOUNTAIN (50): Weimert 3 8-8 15, Brumbaugh 2 1-2 6, Leonard 7 0-0 14, Clark 0 1-2 1, Weaver 0 0-1 0, Lucko 0 0-2 0, Hafer 0 2-2 2, Seace 0 0-0 0, Taylor 0 1-2 1, Molosky 3 2-2 11. Totals — 15 15-21 50.

ROCHESTER (70): A. Robison 9 7-7 27, Hauser 8 0-0 20, Mack 4 3-4 11, Barto 0 0-0 0, Martin 1 0-0 2, M. Robison 3 0-1 7, K. Seybert 0 0-0 0, Witt 0 0-0 0, Ruth 0 0-0 0, B. Seybert 1 0-0 3. Totals — 26 10-12 70.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Tussey Mountain 11 8 14 17 — 50

Rochester 7 18 23 22 — 70

3-point goals: Tussey Mountain 5 (Weimert, Brumbaugh, Molosky 3); Home 8 (A. Robison 2, Hauser 4, M. Robison, Seybert).

Records: Tussey Mountain (20-7); Rochester (26-2).

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