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Holler, Hoover shines; Lady Eagles top Bearcats

By Kenny Varner

WINGATE – Heading in the right direction.

The Bald Eagle Area girls basketball team picked up an important win Tuesday as they hosted Huntingdon in a Mountain League match up.

It would be a total team effort by the Lady Eagles as they topped the Lady Cats, 50-36.

Spearheading the Bald Eagle effort was senior Sarah Holler who was close to a quadruple double. Even with an injury she finished with 10 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and six steals.

Abby Hoover led the Eagles scoring on the evening with 14.

Huntingdon’s leading scorer was sharpshooter Alexis Troup who knocked down 13 points.

It was a game that wasn’t decided until the final stanza.

“It was a good win. Our kids play so hard and I am so proud of them. All year long we’ve been learning how to win and trying to figure out how to close games at the end. And they figured it out,” said Bald Eagle Area coach Shawn Thompson. “Today I’m really proud of these girls.”

Huntingdon battled early and often for three quarters.

However going into the final stanza, the Eagles sizzled.

Leading 32-27 going into the fourth, Huntingdon cut it to just a 2-point lead as Simone Bilich sent a shot from beyond the 3-point line, making it a 32-30 ball game.

But back came the Lady Eagles with a triple of their own.

It would be Maddie Perry that hit from long distance, upping the lead back to 35-30.

Huntingdon came up with a full court press but the Eagles broke it and got the ball into the hands of Holler. Holler finished it off with a lay in.

The basket would cause the Bearcats to call a time out with 6:03 left.

Bald Eagle went on a quick four points on two consecutive buckets by Abby Hoover, upping it to a 12-point advantage.

Huntingdon bounced back with a bucket by Savanna Fiscus.

But the Lady Eagles would go on. 5-0 run, increasing the lead to a 47-32 advantage with three minutes left.

From there, the Eagles would outscore the Bearcats 3-2 in the final minutes to secure the win.

In the opening period, the Eagles and Bearcats battled back and forth with Bald Eagle outscoring Huntingdon 9-7.

Late in the first half, Huntingdon found itself down by three with 2:30 left.

But the Bearcats defense forced turnovers to take over the momentum as they went on a 10-3 run en route to the 22-20 halftime lead.

But coming out of the half, it would be the Lady Eagles that would gain back its momentum outscoring the Bearcats 12-5. The run gave the Eagles back the lead at 32-27.

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