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HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Indiana girls lose after rallying from 17-point hole

by The Indiana Gazette on December 17, 2013 10:30 AM

Indiana erased a 17-point third-quarter deficit but then got handcuffed in overtime by Mount Pleasant in a 49-45 loss in a WPIAL Section 3-AAA girls’ basketball game Monday in Mount Pleasant.

Mount Pleasant made the first field goal of the third quarter to take a 17-point lead, 29-12. Indiana then mounted a 15-1 run to cut the Vikings’ lead to three points, 30-27, by the end of the third quarter.

The Indians outscored Mount Pleasant, 15-12, in the fourth quarter to tie the game, 42-42, and force overtime.

Mount Pleasant made 5 of 6 free throws in overtime and limited Indiana to just one field goal and three points to seal the win.

“We battled back from a 17-point deficit and actually managed to take a four-point lead at one point in the fourth quarter,” Indiana assistant coach Otto Peterson said. “We just fell behind in overtime and had to foul, and they made their foul shots.”

Jessica Stever scored a team-high 15 points for Indiana. Kaitlyn Hoff and Lucy Bujdos scored 12 points apiece.

Indiana (3-3, 1-1 section) travels to DuBois on Friday.


HOMER-CENTER 60, PENNS MANOR 58: Sydney Horel poured in a season-high 25 points, including a key basket late in the game, and added a career-high 18 rebounds to help Homer-Center hold off Penns Manor for a win in a Heritage Conference game at the Homer Dome.

Horel made a layup with less than a minute to play in the fourth quarter to give Homer-Center a four-point lead, 60-56. Then, with her team clinging to a 60-58 lead with 7 seconds left in the game, the Wildcats’ Eden Pohley missed the first free throw in a one-and-one situation, giving the Comets one last chance.

A Penns Manor player grabbed the ensuing rebound and fired an desperation shot with less than a second to play to end the game.

Horel scored 15 of her 25 points in the fourth quarter.

“I’d agree that was the best game she’s played in high school. She was just going hard on the boards and getting good looks,” Homer-Center coach Tom Lasher said. “She had a couple of steals and got a number of offensive putbacks in that fourth quarter. She scored on the inside and on the outside for us.”

Julia Buggey scored 12 points for Homer-Center. Laken Berezansky added 10 points.

Sarah DaBella scored a team-high 21 points to lead Penns Manor. Emma Tomayko added 15 points.

Homer-Center (2-2) plays host to Saltsburg on Wednesday. Penns Manor (1-4) welcomes Ligonier Valley on Friday.


BLAIRSVILLE 65, UNITED 44: Chelsey Koren scored a game-high 23 points, Laurel O’Barto notched a double-double, and Blairsville handed United its first loss in a game pitting two of the Heritage Conference’s top teams in Armagh.

Koren grabbed a team-high nine rebounds, and O’Barto racked up a season-high 22 points and 10 assists.

Eden Bloom posted a double-double to lead United. Bloom had 16 points, a game-high 14 rebounds and four steals. Taylor Mack added 11 points and four assists, and Morgan Strait had eight points, six rebounds and three steals.

Both teams play on the road Wednesday. Blairsville (3-1) travels to Northern Cambria and United (4-1) heads to Purchase Line.


MARION CENTER 51, DuBOIS 13: Host Marion Center jumped out to a 22-point halftime lead and played stifling second-half defense to thump DuBois in a non-conference game.

The Stingers allowed no points in the first quarter and held a 29-7 halftime lead. Marion Center amassed 23 field goals and allowed just four, including no 3-pointers.

Marion Center’s Hanna Jo Beer posted a double-double and led all scorers and rebounders with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Jenny Irvin scored 12 points, and Chantel Glasser had eight points and 10 rebounds.

Marion Center (4-1, 2-0 conference) plays host to Ligonier Valley on Wednesday.


LIGONIER VALLEY 56, NORTHERN CAMBRIA 22: Host Ligonier Valley built a 23-point halftime lead en route to an easy win in a Heritage Conference game.

Ligonier Valley allowed just four points in each of the first two quarters and established a 31-8 halftime lead. The Rams piled up 24 field goals to the Colts’ eight.

Ligonier Valley’s Helene Bloom racked up 12 points and 11 rebounds for her fifth straight double-double to start the season. Bloom added six steals, and Taylor Rudnik had five steals, five assists and a game-high 14 points.

Both teams play Wednesday. Ligonier Valley (3-2, 2-0) travels to Marion Center, and Northern Cambria (2-6) plays host to Blairsville.


SALTSBURG 68, PURCHASE LINE 32: Abbie Okopal amassed career-highs in points, steals and assists to power Saltsburg to a lopsided win over visiting Purchase Line in a Heritage Conference game.

The Trojans allowed just two first-quarter points and held a 23-point halftime lead, 37-14.

Okopal racked up 18 points, 10 steals and five assists, all of which were game highs. Abby Peace added 11 points and five rebounds and Olivia Satler had nine points.

Brianna Riva scored a team-high 11 points for Purchase Line. Koren McCullough chipped in 10 points.

Both teams play Wednesday. Saltsburg (2-4) travels to Homer-Center, and Purchase Line (1-4) plays host to United.


CALVARY BAPTIST 39, DuBOIS CHRISTIAN 28: Kayla Chambers and Megan Plants tallied double-doubles and Calvary Baptist improved to 5-1 with a win over DuBois Christian in a non-conference game.

Chambers scored a game-high 16 points and grabbed a career-high 21 rebounds, while Plants scored 12 points and recorded a career-high 11 steals.

Calvary Baptist travels to Blair County Christian on Thursday.

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