Lauren Haag return helps Lady Eagles over Philipsburg-Osceola

The Tyrone Lady Eagles traveled up the mountain to Philipsburg on Tuesday night, to battle Philipsburg-Osceola. Tyrone weathered the snow and wind on the way and the Lady Mounties on the court to bring back a 53-36 victory.
The game began slowly as both teams seemed to take a quarter to thaw out. Tyrone led only 9-5 after the first period.
The Lady Eagles warmed up their offense behind a game-high 19 points by post player Jo Turner and 17 more by Lauren Haag in just her second game after an injury. Haag scored 18 points and added five rebounds and six steals against Bellefonte on Friday night. Hilary McNelis also has played a few minutes each in the Eagles’ last two ballgames and is working her way back into shape after missing much of the season.
“Lauren gives us a dimension we are lacking when she isn’t in the lineup,” explained Tyrone Coach Jim Swaney. “She is clearly our best outside shooter. Her contributions in the last couple of games since she has returned have been huge. Our bread and butter is our post play with Jo and Marie. They are our go-to players and the first thing we try to set up. When Lauren is able to square her shoulders to the basket, she opens another threat for our opponents that make it tough to clog up the middle. When we can get Hilary McNelis back into the lineup, we really want to go to the three-post offense. Conditioning has taken a big blow and Hilary is still only about 75-80 percent back to where she needs to be. It has been important to be able to get her a few minutes Friday and last night.”
Tyrone used a tough defense throughout the game to hold the Lady Mounties under 40 points, including a 15-14 advantage in the second quarter to take a 24-19 advantage into the locker room at halftime.
“I have been very pleased with our defensive effort all year,” said Swaney. “With the exception of the game at Lewistown and they just shot the lights out that night, no one has scored 70 points on us (With the exception of Lewistown and Souderton in tournament play, the Lady Eagles defense has held everybody under 60 points). It seems coaches are quick to criticize their teams for what they do wrong, but it’s not so easy to admit the other team has done something right.”
Tyrone improves to 14-9 on the season and 4-3 in the second cycle of the Mountain League, while P-O falls to 8-14 and 2-5.
Marie and Amber DelBaggio backed up Turner and Haag in the scoring column with eight and seven points respectively. Marie DelBaggio also led in boards with eight rebounds and Jo Turner added seven. Amber DelBaggio dished out five assists.
Bethany Burns and Lauren Wilson each netted 11 points to lead the Lady Mounties.
Tyrone continued its domination increasing their lead to 38-21 at the end of three quarters and the two schools played the final quarter even with each scoring 15.
“It was real nice to get a win on the road at this point in the season,” said Swaney. “Philipsburg has historically been a tough place to play. This Philipsburg-Osceola team began the year with six returning lettermen and starts four seniors. Any time you have Lauren Wilson and Morgan Ammerman on a team, you can get hurt.”
Tyrone 53 Philipsburg-Osceola 36
TYRONE – M. DelBaggio 1 6-12 8, Turner 7 5-6 19, A. DelBaggio 2 3-4 7, Haag 7 1-1 17, McKenna 0 0-0 0, McNelis 1 0-0 2, Bryan 0 0-0 0. TOTALS 18 15-23 53.
PHILIPSBURG-OSCEOLA – Viehdorfer 1 1-2 4, Straw 0 0-0 0, Burns 4 2-4 11, B. Wilson 0 0-0 0, McCamley 0 0-0 0, Ammerman 5 0-0 10, L. Wilson 2 6-10 11, Albert 0 0-0 0. TOTALS 12 9-16 36.
Score By Quarters
Tyrone 9 15 14 15 – 53
Philipsburg-Osceola 5 14 10 15 – 36
Three-point goals: Tyrone 2 (Haag 2); Philipsburg-Osceola 3 (Viehdorfer 1, Burns 1, L. Wilson 1).