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WILLOW HILL -- A strong start to the season got even stronger Thursday night for Fannett-Metal’s girls basketball team.

The Lady Tigers remain undefeated after a 49-43 victory over Tussey Mountain in a Sideling Hill/Inter-County Conference game.

“Seven of our girls scored points tonight, and even though some of them only scored two or four points, it seemed like the girls that needed to come up big did,” F-M coach Todd Best said. “We’re a young team, and we’re still growing, so that was a huge win for us. It was a huge boost of confidence.”

It was a battle through the whole game, but the Tigers (3-0, 1-0 SHL/ICC) were strong from the foul line down the stretch to ensure the victory. They were 5-for-6 from the free-throw line in the final 25 seconds of the game.

Ally Hoffmann finished as the team’s offensive leader with 15 points and seven assists. Becky Runk had seven points, three steals and nine rebounds, and Maddy Johns also added three steals.

“We might’ve been a smidge quicker than them, but they were much, much bigger than us,” Best said. “I wanna give credit to Emily Metcalfe. Even though she only had three points, pretty much the whole fourth quarter, she was just dogging their point guard and really limited the flow they could get into.”

Fannett-Metal 49, Tussey Mountain 43

Tussey Mountain (43)

McKenna Sitch 10 0-1 22, Emily Shuke 3 1-2 7, Teddi Weimert 1 0-0 3, Allie Lemin 1 0-0 2, Ashley Clark 1 0-0 2, Heather Pagan 2 1-4 5. Totals — 18 2-7 43.

Fannett-Metal  (49)

Becky Runk 3 1-4 7, Makayla O’Donel 1 0-0 2, Emily Metcalfe 1 1-2 3, Maddy Johns 2 0-0 4, Taylor Coffman 4 1-2 9, Ally Hoffmann 5 5-6 15, Morgan Ritchey 3 3-4 9. Totals — 19 8-14 49.

Tussey Mountain _ 10 _ 8 _ 15 _ 10 _ — _ 43

Fannett-Metal  _ 12 _ 8 _ 9 _ 20 _ — _ 49

3-point goals — TM 3 (Sitch 2, Weimert).

JV score — Tussey Mountain 42, Fannett-Metal 38.

Northern Bedford 47, Forbes Road 46 >> Forbes Road came up just short in a Sideling Hill/Inter-County Conference defeat at the hands of Northern Bedford.

“It was a very close game the whole way,” Cardinal coach Jeff Gelvin said. “We missed some shots down the stretch, and they made theirs. We just have to learn how to win close games. Our girls played their hearts out. I was very proud of the way they played.”

McKenzie Gelvin was the leading scorer for Forbes with a game-high 20 points. Mina Wilt added 10 points and was just shy of a double-double with nine steals. Malea Truax and Mara Broadwater split 14 rebounds evenly.

Northern Bedford 47, Forbes Road 46

Northern Bedford (47)

Makenzie Eshelman 1 1-2 3, Jostin Ebersole 2 0-2 5, Emma Eckenroad 4 0-0 10, Peyton Leidy 1 0-0 3, Sydney Snyder 6 2-2 19, Mackenzie Gates 1 5-6 7. Totals — 15 8-12 47.

Forbes Road (46)

Mina Wilt 4 2-6 10, Malea Truax 2 0-0 6, McKenzie Gelvin 6 4-7 20, Courtney Schoen 2 4-7 8, Madeline Miller 1 0-0 2, Mara Broadwater 0 0-1 0. Totals — 15 10-21 46.

Northern Bedford _ 18 _ 6 _ 7 _ 16 _ — _ 47

Forbes Road _ 12 _ 11 _ 11 _ 12 _ — _ 46

3-point goals — NB 9 (Snyder 5, Eckenroad 2, Ebersole, Leidy), FR 6 (Gelvin 4, Truax 2).

Southern Huntingdon 46, McConnellsburg 25 >> Offense was nearly impossible for McConnellsburg to come by in a Sideling Hill/Inter-County Conference loss to Southern Huntingdon.

Alexis Mellott and Justice Seville led the Spartans (1-1, 0-1 SHL, 0-1 ICC) with eight points apiece, while Bronwyne Mellott finished with seven. The rest of the team totaled two points.

“We had a very sluggish start and got into a hole that we couldn’t seem to get out of,” McConnellsburg coach Brent Seville said. “Nothing went right for us. Only scoring 25 points in a game doesn’t give you much of a chance. We shot one foul shot all night long.”

So. Huntingdon 46
McConnellsburg 25

McConnellsburg (25)

Alexis Mellott 3 0-0 8, Bridgette Ritchey 1 0-0 2, Justice Seville 3 0-0 8, Kylie Keefer 0 0-0 0, Bronwyne Mellott 3 1-1 7, Kellyn Perry 0 0-0 0. Totals — 10 1-1 25.

Southern Huntingdon (46)

Larissa Leonard 1 3-5 6, Kendra Donelson 6 2-4 14, Rheanna Winter 3 0-0 7, Rachel Miller 4 0-1 9, Maddie Dell 2 3-3 8, Morgan Sheeder 0 0-0 0, McKenzie Yohn 1 0-0 2. Totals — 17 8-13 46.

McConnellsburg _ 8 _ 6 _ 8 _ 3 _ — _ 25

Southern Huntingdon _ 14 _ 3 _ 17 _ 12 _ — _ 46

3-point goals — McC 4 (A.Mellott 2, Seville 2), SH 4 (Leonard, Winter, Miller, Dell).

Everett 51, Southern Fulton 37 >> Southern Fulton trailed by only four points entering the final quarter, but then was held scoreless in the fourth period by Everett in a Sideling Hill/Inter-County Conference loss.

“We switched defenses a lot, and they responded really well,” SF coach Meagan Raville said. “They executed well, and now it’s just tweaking things. Everett is a tough team, and they have a lot of girls who can score. I’m proud of the girls they came out and played strong.”

Olivia Mottern paced the Indians (1-1, 0-1 SHL, 0-1 ICC) with 15 points. She also tied for a team-high four rebounds with Shaye Smartt and Lakyn Morton.

Everett 51, Southern Fulton 37

Southern Fulton (37)

Celina Merchant 1 2-2 4, Lakyn Morton 2 0-0 6, Shaye Smartt 1 2-2 4, Drew Hann 3 1-4 8, Olivia Mottern 5 4-4 15, Jessie Covalt 0 0-0 0, Drew Gordon 0 0-0 0. Totals — 12 9-12 37.

Everett (51)

Kristen Mills 3 2-2 9, Sydney Reffner 2 0-1 4, Kadie Morral 5 2-2 12, Hannah Prather 6 3-4 16, Cammie Jenkins 1 1-2 3, Raelyn Rice 1 2-2 4, Allison Snider 1 1-3 3. Totals — 19 11-16 51.

Southern Fulton _ 11 _ 8 _ 18 _ 0 _ — _ 37

Everett _ 11 _ 16 _ 15 _ 9 _ — _ 51

3-point goals — SF 4 (Morton 2, Hann, Mottern), Eve 2 (Mills, Prather).

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