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F-F Highlights, Southern Fulton girls roll without star

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No star, no problem

Southern Fulton's girls basketball team played without its best player, Olivia Mottern, on Tuesday night.

You wouldn't be able to tell from the final score, a 61-36 drubbing of Chestnut Ridge in a Sideling Hill League game.

Mottern turned her ankle and was held out for precautionary reasons.

SF coach Meagan Mellott said, "She'll be fine. We just decided not to chance it."

And it didn't matter.

The Indians jumped ahead 13-7 after one quarter and Fallon Ritz scored seven of the first nine points for SF. She ended up with a career-high 10 points.

Also for Southern Fulton, Drew Hann scored 16 points, Emily Bradshaw had 13 and Drew Gordon had 11.

Mellott said, "It was Senior Night and I guess Ritz was feeling it. Hann shot the ball well tonight and Bradshaw attacked their zone defense well. (Lindsey) Hollenshead shared the ball well.

"It was a total team effort and that's what we needed. It's a good confidence boost going into the postseason, knowing we can all contribute to a good win if needed. We'll need more than just Olivia in double figures."

On a roll

The McConnellsburg boys basketball team will enter the postseason on a 16-game winning streak.

The Spartans finished the regular season with a hard-fought 53-50 win at Everett on Tuesday, to raise their record to 19-3. McConnellsburg won the Sideling Hill League (15-1) and the Inter-County Conference South Division (13-1), with the only loss in either a 58-50 defeat to Everett in the second game of the season.

Chance Hawbaker tallied 20 points and added eight rebounds to lead McConnellsburg, while Chase Novak added 15 points and seven boards.

Saturday night at 6 at Claysburg-Kimmel, the Spartans will take on ICC North champion Moshannon Valley for the overall ICC title.

Top performers

Boys basketball

  • A seriously undermanned Forbes Road team fell 66-49 to Tussey Mountain, although Michael Fleck scored a career-high 17 points for the Cardinals and Matt Brown had 13. The top two scorers, Aaron Schepis and Brycen Hohman, and Talon Blair did not play, and Brown and Grayson Hall played while dealing with the flu.
  • Cameron Roseman scored 20 points and Jonah Stains had 17, and Shalom Christian defeated Highland View, 69-64. Durrell Hess hit nine 3-pointers for the Tartans for all 27 of his points.

Girls basketball

  • Shalom Christian got a big 1-2 punch from Brooke Emge (25 points) and Grace Banfe (16) and vanquished Highland View 58-31.


Boys Basketball
MPC semifinal, Mechanicsburg 66, Greencastle-Antrim (15-8) 61
McConnellsburg (19-3, 15-1 SHL, 13-1 ICC) 53, Everett 50
Tussey Mountain 66, Forbes Road (11-10, 7-9 SHL, 6-9 ICC) 49
Shalom Christian (17-6) 69, Highland View 64
Cumb. Valley Christian at Bedford Christian, no report

Girls basketball
MPC semifinal, Bishop McDevitt 51, Greencastle-Antrim (18-5) 47, 2 OT
Southern Fulton (14-7, 11-4 SHL) 61, Chestnut Ridge 36
Shalom Christian (16-6) 58, Highland View 31
Cumb. Valley Christian at Bedford Christian, no report