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Lady Eagles take big early lead then ease into win over Central

The Tyrone Lady Eagles made sure there would be no last-second heroics this time against Central.
A year ago, the Lady Eagles lost to the Lady Dragons 60-58 on a last second lay up by Lindsay Johnson after turning the ball over on their final possession.
It would have taken more than a lay up Saturday at Tyrone Area High School as Tyrone, using three big scoring runs over the first three quarters, comfortably downed the Lady Dragons 57-42 in the first game of the annual girls-boys double-header between Tyrone and Central.
The win improved the Lady Eagles’ record to 6-4 overall with the meat of their Mountain League schedule on the horizon. Central fell to 5-5.
Joanna Turner led the Lady Eagles with 16 points and 10 rebounds, recording her sixth double-double of the season. Marie DelBaggio added 10 points and nine rebounds and Amber DelBaggio hit for 12 points on four three-point baskets.
Still, there were moments of concern: Tyrone turned the ball over on four straight possessions in the fourth quarter while holding a double-digit lead. But for a team that played a December scheduled dotted with three Quad-A teams it wasn’t enough to dampen a quality win over an always tough Central team.
Tyrone led 11-7 near the end of the first quarter after Turner scored six straight, but Central junior Kerri Hinish, who scored nine of her team-high 15 in the first frame, ended the period by hitting a three-point field goal and a lay up to put the Lady Dragons ahead 12-11.
The Lead grew to as many as five (16-11) with under six minutes left in the half before Tyrone ripped off 13 unanswered points over a four minute period to go ahead by eight. Marie DelBaggio started the run with a basket off a rebound and Amber DelBaggio made it 20-16 when she connected from long range. The Lady Eagles used a full-court press to get a Lauren Haag lay in off steal by Marie DelBaggio, who stole the ensuing inbound pass and converted to make it 24-16.
Central junior Krystal Ferry hit a three to bring the Lady Dragons back within five before Tyrone closed out the half on an 8-1 run behind five points from Hilary McNelis to lead 32-20 at halftime.
Nicki Neil scored early in the third quarter to pull Central within 10, but Amber DelBaggio answered with another three-pointer to push the lead to 13 (35-22) and the Lady Dragons would get no closer than eight the rest of the way. Tyrone ended the third quarter on a 5-0 run and got six points from Turner in the fourth quarter to pull away.
HOOP NOTES: Tyrone finished the game with 17 turnovers with seven coming in the fourth quarter. Tyrone turned the ball over just once in the second … Haag ended the game with nine points while McNelis chipped in seven … Marie DelBaggio also
added two blocks … the Lady Eagles travel to Bellefonte on Tuesday.
Tyrone 57 Central 42
CENTRAL – Ferry 3 1-2 8, Feathers 3 1-2 7, Kel. Hinish 3 0-1 7, Ker. Hinish 6 2-2 15, Neil 1 1-2 3, Crooks 1 0-2 2, Hinton 0 0-1 0. TOTALS 17 5-12 42
TYRONE – A. DelBaggio 4 0-0 12, Haag 4 0-1 9, McKenna 1 0-0 2, M. DelBaggio 3 3-4 10, Turner 7 2-4 16, McNelis 2 4-5 8, Wallace 0 0-0 0, Bryan 0 0-1 0. TOTALS 21 9-15 57.
Score by Quarters
Central 12 8 10 12 – 42
Tyrone 11 21 11 14 – 57
Three-point goals: Central 3 (Ferry 1, Kel. Hinish 1, Ker. Hinish 1); Tyrone 6 (A. DelBaggio 4, M. DelBaggio 1, Haag 1).