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Bald Eagle girls picks up strong road win over PO

By Kenny Varner

PHILIPSBURG – Two teams very familiar to each other met up for a Friday prime time contest as the Bald Eagle Area girls basketball team traveled to Philipsburg to take on the Lady Mounties in Laurel Highland’s hoop action.

The two former Mountain League foes, battled throughout with the Mounties were looking to end the week on a strong note while the Eagles were looking to keep their young squad improving and looking for its second win of the season.

It would prove to be a contest that had Bald Eagle open a big lead in the first and would fend off a late rally by the Mounties to notch the win. In the end, the Lady Eagles would hold onto a 43-27 LM victory.
Sybil Thompson had the hot hand in the contest, shooting for a game high 18 points. In the process, she knocked down three triples.

Teammate Addyson Burns just missed a double-digit night, posting nine. Rounding out the high scorers for the Lady Eagles was Gabby Perry with eight.
The Lady Mounties were led on the offensive end by Khendyl Sharrer who had 12.
Both teams finished with 26 rebounds each.

“We’ve been working on our full court. We put a couple new plays in and the girls practiced really hard this week,” said Bald Eagle Area coach Mike Habovick. “We got some good sub action from our bench and our leaders on the team. They are the five that were out on the court. They played excellent basketball. They looked fantastic and looks ready to go into the holiday season to play the West Branch Holiday Tournament. Next up for us is Harmony.”

Offensively, the Eagles struck first busting out to an 11-0 start.
Perry opened things as she was fouled after hitting the first bucket of the game. She finished the old fashion 3-point play with 6:24 left in the first.

After forcing a turnover, Thompson battled underneath and hit an off balanced bucket, making it 5-0.

On the following Bald Eagle possession, the Lady Eagles got the ball back to Thompson from outside the 3-point line as she hit nothing but net.

Minutes later, they got it back out again to Thompson and again she was automatic, upping it to an 11-point advantage.

Philipsburg-Osceola got on the board at 3:21, picking up an offensive rebound and put it back

up, cutting it to an 11-2 lead.

The Eagles defense shut things down from there.
However, the Eagles offense finished off the quarter on a 4-0 run. Two points came from a Thompson jumper and a free throw each by Addisyn Burns and Perry.

Bald Eagle took a comfortable 15-2 lead going into the second.

Opening up the second quarter was an opening bucket by Burns and two free throws from Olivia Boone, upping it to a 19-2.

The Mounties Lily Warlow hit back-to-back field goals, pulling her team to with 15.

Bald Eagle took back the momentum when Burns got loose and hit a triple with 2.25 left in the half.
The Eagles defense forced another crucial turnover and brought the ball up the court and passed it to Boone. Boone launched a triple that got her hacked on the play and on the line to shoot three. She hit 2-of-3 extending back the Eagles lead to 24-6.

But the Lady Mounties refused to go down with a fight, battling to the half, trailing 28-10.
In a bet defensive-laden third quarter, the  Mounties held the Bald Eagle to only four.

The Eagles were just as successful, allowing only six, taking the contest into the final stanza leading 32-16.

The Mounties battled throughout the fourth and at one point was able to cut the Bald Eagle lead to within 13 before a last blast of offense flowed through the Eagles’ veins.

When the buzzer sounded, the Eagles came out the 43-27 win in the end.

In the JV contest, the Eagles defeated the Mounties 18-11.

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