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Lady Eagles soar past Juniata Valley girls

Here’s the good and bad of playing from beyond the arc: when you’re hitting shots, you can take a big lead quickly, but if you’re a little bit off, it’s pretty easy to shoot yourself out of a game in a hurry.
Luckily for the Tyrone girls basketball team, the shots were falling last night in Alexandria, allowing the Lady Eagles to distance themselves from Juniata Valley early. Tyrone drained nine three-point baskets, including four by senior Kayla Corle, in a 55-30 non-conference victory.
“We work a lot on shooting,” said Tyrone coach Luke Rhoades. “The only problem with outside shooting is sometimes you’re hot and sometimes you’re cold. Tonight, we were hot.”
The Lady Eagles were especially hot in the first half, when they made six three-pointers in building a 35-16 lead. It wasn’t easy, considering Valley was set up in a 3-2 zone designed to take away clean looks from Tyrone’s outside shooters. But the Lady Eagles rotated the ball well most of the game, locating open shooters on ball reversal for uncontested jump shots.
“We shot well, but the reason we had so many good looks was that we made the extra pass to open girls,” Rhoades said. “I thought our girls saw the floor very well.”
But while the Lady Eagles shot as well as they had in weeks, their victory had as much to do with defense as it did with their ability to knock down an open shot.
Tyrone forced 21 turnovers, controlled the defensive boards and limited the Lady Hornets to 19.6 percent shooting (11-for-56).
And they did it without the full services of two starters. Sophomores Rachel Emigh and Marah Hawes both came off the bench after battling illnesses.
“Our defense played pretty well tonight,” said Rhoades. “We still have to move our feet better and stay in our defensive stances, but we were solid.”
Corle ignited the Lady Eagles early, hitting three treys in the first quarter as Tyrone built a 16-7 lead.
Corle, Brooke Garbinsky and Kassie Faretta each made threes in the second, and Hawes scored twice on put-backs to increase the lead to 19 by halftime.
In the third, Tyrone held the Lady Hornets to just one field goal at the 4:22 mark. Corle’s three-pointer with 4:09 left in the quarter made it 41-19, starting a 12-0 run to end the period that culminated in a Faretta trey with three seconds left. By then, the Lady Eagles led 50-19.
“Our goal was to come out hard early and then get our girls some rest,” said Rhoades, whose team improved to 6-11. “Some of the normal point totals weren’t there for a lot of the girls, but we were trying to get kids some rest.”
Tyrone will now travel to Martinsburg Wednesday for a game against Central that Rhoades said was important in h is teams aspirations of making the post-season.
Junior Varsity
Tyrone lost the junior varsity game 39-21, despite seven points from Hawes.
Tyrone 55 Juniata Valley30
Tyrone – Corle 4 1-2 13; Christine 1 1-2 3; Faretta 4 0-0 11; Garbinsky 1 0-0 3; Emigh 4 1-4 9; Hawes 4 0-2 8; Harden 1 1-1 3; Ray 1 0-0 3; Romano 1 0-0 2; Zimmerman 0 0-0 0; Ford 0 0-0 0; Harpster 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 21 4-11 55.
Juniata Valley – McAllister 3 2-6 8; Morgan 1 2-2 4; Brennamen 2 0-2 4; Boyd 3 0-1 6; Taylor 2 1-4 5; Briggs 0 1-2 1; Serger 0 2-4 2. TOTALS: 11 8-21 30.
Score by Quarters
Tyrone 16 19 15 5 – 55
Juniata Valley 7 9 3 11 – 30
Three-point goals: Tyrone 9 (Corle 4, Faretta 3, Garbinsky, Ray)