Penn State Mont Alto’s women’s basketball team played a close game Saturday before PSU Fayette had the better fourth quarter. With the visitor’s 76-66 win, Mont Alto falls to 1-6 overall and 0-5 within the conference.
How it Happened
Mont Alto started quick and jumped out to a 4-0 lead after a Madison Bishop (Newville, Pa. / Big Spring) jumper. After falling behind 8-7, Mont Alto rallied at the end of the first quarter, holding a four point lead (22-18).
The majority of the second quarter was coast to coast action. The biggest margin happened when Meagan Smith (Littlestown, Pa./Littlestown Area) hit a runner in the paint to bring the score to 33-28. With 3:12 remaining in the half, turnovers plagued both sides. They spent most of their time at the free throw line. Fayette registered the lead again with 5.9 seconds remaining when Carrissa Cyphert hit a pair from the charity stripe, taking her team into halftime with a 36-35 lead.
Fayette opened the third quarter on a 6-0 run, taking a 42-35 lead. Then PSUMA rattled off eight-straight capped off by a pair of Mariah Martin (Shippensburg, Pa./Shippensburg) free throws for a 43-42 lead. The teams traded baskets the remainder of the quarter. By the end of the quarter they were deadlocked at 48 points apiece.
PSUMA scored the first bucket of the final period on a nice give and go between Kara Newell (Shippensburg, Pa./Shippensburg) and Martin that finished on a layup. The teams ramped up the excitement with another four lead changes during the next seven minutes. Fayette took the 63-61 lead at the 2:53 mark and never looked back closing the game on a 13-5 run.
Inside the Box Score
Each team earned every bucket with Mont Alto out-shooting the visitors with a 32.9 percent mark from the field. Mariah Martin (Shippensburg, Pa. / Shippensburg) recorded another double-double with 24 points and 16 rebounds. It was her season-best so far. Taylor McCormick led all scorers for Fayette pouring in 28 points including 12 makes from the free throw line.
Penn State Mont Alto travels to PSU Scranton Tuesday for their next game. Tip-off is 6 p.m.
FRANK MAIRA is Assistant Director of Athletics/SID at Penn State Mont Alto