Tyrone’s Jaida Parker (right) guards a Philipsburg-Osceola player in a game from last week. The Lady Eagles defeated St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy, 49-24, on Saturday.

The Tyrone girls basketball team’s 59-51 loss to Clearfield last Wednesday had repercussions for the Lady Eagles, most notably knocking them out of the hunt for a piece of the Mountain League championship.

But allowing nearly 60 points to a team they limited to 17 in December has also had ramifications for the Lady Eagles opponents. If anything, the loss rejuvenated a defensive mindset, and the teams Tyrone played last weekend felt that.

After limiting Central to 27 points and four single-digit scoring quarters Friday, the Lady Eagles were just as stingy Saturday against the No. 2-ranked 1A team in District 6, holding St. Joseph’s Academy more than 20 points below its per-game average in a 49-24 victory at the Tyrone Area Middle School.

Tyrone’s defense smothered the Lady Wolves in the first half, allowing only eight points — just two in the second quarter — to by 23 at halftime.

Not much changed with the Lady Eagles’ defensive game plans, according to Coach Luke Rhoades, but their passion to carry them through saw a marked upswing.

“I just think we have been more focused and more committed to what our goals are,” he said. “Despite holding them down, I still think we need to play better on-the-ball defense.”

Tyrone improved to 16-5 with one game remaining tonight at home against 5A Hollidaysburg. The Lady Wolves fell to 14-7.

The Lady Eagles were sharp offensively in the first half, making 12 of 20 shots, including an 8-for-12 showing in the first quarter. After the first four minutes, Sydney Shaw had connected on a pair of threes and Jaida Parker had four points on drives to the hoop to open a 12-2 lead. Shannon Shaw came off the bench to score from deep and Stephanie Ramsey made a three-pointer at the buzzer to make it 20-6 at the end of the first frame.

Ramsey, who finished with 11 points for her third straight double-figure scoring effort, made two more from beyond the arc in the second. At the same time, the Lady Eagles’ defense was limiting the Lady Wolves to 1-for-9 shooting and clearing the defensive glass consistently. A 7-0 run to close the half had Tyrone up 31-8 at the break.

“We boxed out much better,” said Rhoades.

Rhoades began mixing and matching his lineup early in the third and St. Joseph’s used a pair of runs — 7-0 and 6-0 — to get the lead down to 16 before Parker made a three at the buzzer to extend the lead to 40-21.

After making 5 of 12 shots in the third, the Lady Wolves went cold again in the fourth, again making only 1 of 9. Tyrone also began taking better care of the basketball, recovering from a five-turnover third to register zero turnovers in the fourth.

“It’s important to be playing the best we can as we prepare for the playoffs,” said Rhoades.

ST. JOSEPH’S — Marsh 0 0-0 0; Simander 4 1-2 10; Youngmark 0 0-0 0; Mallison 0 0-0 0; Poston-Cooper 3 0-2 6; Hershbine 0 0-0 0; Mangene 1 0-0 2; Moon 2 2-2 6. TOTALS: 10 3-6 24. TYRONE — Lewis 0 0-0 0; Ramsey 4 0-0 11; Fusco 3 0-0 6; Sh. Shaw 1 0-0 3; Ronan 0 0-0 0; Getz 1 1-2 3; Saltsgiver 0 0-0 0; Parker 5 0-0 11; Christine 0 0-0 0; Gailey 0 0-0 0; Sy. Shaw 5 2-4 15; Brodzina 0 0-0 0; Welsh 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 19 3-6 49. 3-POINT GOALS: St. Joseph’s 1 (Simander), Tyrone 8 (Sy. Shaw 3, Sh. Shaw 1, Parker 1, Ramsey 3)

Score by Quarters

ST. JOSEPH’S 6 2 13 3 — 24 TYRONE 20 11 9 9 — 49


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