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Bellefonte 63, PO 22

PO    5  4    5  8 – 22

BE  12 24 16 11 – 63

Scoring: PO – Samantha Bainey 2 0-0 4, Lindsey Bordas 3 1-2 8, Alayna Webster 1 0-0 2. Totals 9 3-6 22.

BE – Mallorie Smith 3 2-4 9, Lily Gardner 2 0-0 4, Mia Johnson 1 1-2 3, Emalee Neff 3 0-0 7, Maddie Tice 2 0-0 5, Bella Corman 6 0-0 12, Taylor Kerr 4 1-4 9, Hanna Redas 1 0-0 2. Totals 27 6-12 63.

Played but didn’t score: PO – Cassie Butterworth 0 0-0 0, Ruby Pinto 0 0-0 0, Ivy Reed 0 0-0 0, Camden Potter 0 0-2 0, Reagan Thorp 0 0-0 0.

BE – Emma Rossman 0 0-0 0, Angelina Aviles 0 0-0 0, Sydney Hamilton 0 0-0 0.

3-point shots: PO – Bordas. Bellefonte – Smith, Neff, Tice.

By Kenny Varner

BELLEFONTE – It was a total team effort.

In its Friday game against the visiting Philipsburg – Osceola girls basketball team, Bellefonte were able to get big plays from up and down its line up to pick up an important Mountain League win 63-22.

Defensively, the Red Raiders dominated the boards by a 37-27 advantage while it also forced upwards of Mountie turnovers as well as blocking three of PO’s shot attempts. They also held the Mountie to single-digit scoring in all four quarters while forcing the mercy rule.

With veteran players Maddie Steiner and Hanna Lauck out of the line up due to injuries, Bellefonte never missed a beat as it distributed the wealth offensively en route to the victory.

Bellefonte got a strong scoring effort by teammates Bella Corman and Sara DeHaas. DeHaas finished with a double-double with a 12 points and 10 rebounds while Corman also tallied 12 but just missed a double-double with only seven boards.

Teammates Mallorie Smith and Taylor Kerr both finished with a 9-point effort.

The Mounties got two solid efforts by Lindsey Bordas and Kyleigh Kennedy both with eight in a losing effort.

“This is the team effort I expect them to have. This is how good this team is,” said Bellefonte coach Marcus Toomer said. “They all played together. They were all supportive of each other and a great job. They continue to work through. It’s very easy to stop playing especially the way the score was. But they kept getting after them and working through it. I’m very pleased with what they did.”

In the first quarter the game was very close at the beginning. Both teams’ defense played tough early on.

Smith led off the game for the Red Raiders with a triple, giving them the early advantage.

After being fouled on the following possession, the Mounties’ Bordas hit one-of-two from line, putting PO on the board.

Bellefonte’s Mia Johnson made it 4-1 as she hit one-of-two from the charity stripe with 6:48 left in the opening period.

After some strong defensive efforts by both teams, Bellefonte went ahead 6-1 thanks to a jumper by Lily Gardner.

But Philipsburg-Osceola’s Samantha Bainey cut the Red Raider lead in half with a shot in traffic with only 4:03 left in the first.

But a triple by Tice put her team up by a 9-3 margin.

But back would come the Mounties as Bainey would hit another jumper, cutting it to 9-5.

But Bellefonte finished off the scoring in the quarter off of buckets from Kerr, ending the scoring at 11-5.

There was an offensive explosion in the second quarter as the Red Raider defense sparked the offense for a 24-point effort in the period while holding the Mounties to just four.

Leading the way offensively for Bellefonte was Corman and Kerr who both battled for six points each.

The Mounties got their points from field goals by Kyleigh Kennedy and Alayna Webster.

When the two teams went into the intermission, the Red Raiders had built up a comfortable 36-9 lead.

Coming out of the half, the Red Raiders continues its domination of the boards and on the court.

Bellefonte outscored Philipsburg-Osceola 15-6 to increase its lead to a 51-15 score going into the final stanza.

Leading the way offensively in the period were Corman and Kerr both with four points apiece.

Despite clearing the benches to get everyone in the fourth, the Red Raiders never missed a step as it again outscored PO, this time it was an 11-8 margin, cementing the. VIctory and putting the Red Raiders to a record of 2-2 while the Mounties fall to 1-3.

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