It’s been almost three weeks since Christmas, but when the Philipsburg-Osceola girls basketball team came out in zone against Tyrone last night, senior Sydney Shaw had to have thought it was a present arriving late.
Shaw and the Lady Eagles have found a way to connect from deep against every defense they’re seen this season, but for a shooter the caliber of the Tyrone senior a 2-3 zone is child’s play.
P-O probably should have switched out of it after the first quarter, when the Lady Eagles hit three from beyond the arc and got some production on the interior, but the Lady Mounties stuck with it, and it cost them.
Shaw hit nine three-pointers on her way to a game-high 31 points as Tyrone dispatched of the Lady Mounties 68-51 in Philipsburg.
As a team the Lady Eagles drained 13 triples as part of a long-distance display that has become more or less the norm for Tyrone, which is averaging more than nine three-pointers per game.
“Sydney shot the ball well,” said Tyrone coach Luke Rhoades. “We moved the ball well at times, and when we got better looks, we drained them.”
As well as Tyrone shot the ball, its defensive effort against P-O senior Hallie Harrington may have been even better. Harrington was averaging 33 points per game, but the Lady Eagles limited her to three points in the first half and 10 through three quarters.
The Lady Eagles employed a 1-3 zone with an extra player hounding Harrington, and the strategy worked well against the Lady Mounties, who could generate little offense with their top scorer bottled up.
Harrington would net 16 in the fourth quarter, but her team went into that period trailing 46-29.
“I really like the energy of our team and more importantly how this team plays together as one,” said Rhoades.
Shaw came out of the gate strong with a pair of first-quarter threes, while at the same time senior Brooke Welsh, starting once again in place of the injured Jaida Parker, scored five points inside to help Tyrone to a 14-11 lead.
Tyrone decimated the Lady Mounties’ zone in the second quarter, hitting five triples, including three from Shaw. With Harrington struggling to find open looks — she scored just one point in the second quarter — the Lady Eagles tore through the frame on a 21-3 run to take a commanding 35-13 lead at halftime.
Shaw had 15 by the break, but she was far from done. She added seven more in the third before ending her night with three more treys in the fourth.
The big night put Shaw on the cusp of a career milestone, just five points away from reaching 1,000 points for her career.
She’ll have a chance to reach the mark Wednesday at home when the Lady Eagles face Central.
Stephanie Ramsey continued to produce for Tyrone, as well, scoring 10 points, six of which came in the second half.
Tyrone improved to 7-3 with its third straight win and stayed within a game of Mountain League-leading Penns Valley at 5-1 in conference.
The Lady Mounties fell to 5-6 and saw their modest two-game winning streak snapped. P-O is now 1-6 in the league.
Tyrone’s jayvees won also, keeping their undefeated season rolling with a 61-7 victory. Shannon Shaw made four threes as part of a game-high 18 points and Emma Getz scored 13. Maci Brodzina and Marissa Lewis each scored 8.