The Tyrone Lady Eagles have been tough to beat this season, and their ability to score the basketball has been a big reason why.

With three players regularly cracking double figures, they can put up points in bunches.

Lost in all of that is the Lady Eagles’ defense, which has quietly emerged as a true strength, particularly since the Christmas break.

It was on display again last night in Tyrone’s 56-44 victory over Central in Martinsburg when the Lady Dragons became the seventh opponent this season to fail to reach 50 points against the Lady Eagles.

“We played great defense,” said Tyrone coach Luke Rhoades. “Our defense is outstanding, and it’s really helping us to get out and run.”

Since resuming play two weeks ago, Tyrone has limited all four opponents it has faced to fewer than 50, including games against Central Mountain and Philipsburg-Osceola where the Lady Eagles kept the score under 30.

It’s tough to win when you can’t score, and while it’s becoming increasingly difficult to do that against Tyrone, the same issue has rarely surfaced for the Lady Eagles. Last night Tyrone once again had three players in double-figure scoring, led by sophomore Jaida Parker’s game-high 22.

Stephanie Ramsey had 12 and Emma Getz added 11 in a game the Lady Eagles led by as many as 19.

The victory allowed Tyrone to all but lock up an undefeated record through the first cycle of Mountain League play, with a makeup game against Bald Eagle Area set for the end of the regular season. The Lady Eagles improved to 9-2 overall and 6-0 in league play.

Tyrone was slow to get things started against the Lady Dragons, leading just 9-7 after the first quarter, but that changed quickly in the second. Shannon Shaw hit a three and scored all five of her points in the frame, Parker netted seven, and the Lady Eagles’ defense limited Central to just two field goals in building a 25-14 halftime lead.

Getz, whose scoring came all in the second half, started out hot with seven third-quarter points, and Ramsey hit from deep as part of a five-point quarter to boost the lead to 41-24. Parker would then close it out with seven more in the fourth to help the Lady Eagles withstand a late charge that saw Central outscore them 20-15 in the final period.

Kylie Metzger led the Lady Dragons with 18.

Tyrone will take on Bellefonte in Centre County on Thursday to kick off the second cycle of play in the Mountain League.

TYRONE 56, CENTRAL 44 TYRONE – Ramsey 3 4-4 12; Fusco 1 0-2 2; Weston 0 0-0 0; Shaw 2 0-0 5; Getz 4 2-5 11; Saltsgiver 0 0-0 0; Parker 10 2-2 22; Gibbons 2 0-1 4; Brodzina 0 0-0 0; Kohler 0 0-0 0; Lewis 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 22 8-14 56. CENTRAL – Johnston 1 0-1 2; Logenecker 1 0-0 2; Metzger 5 8-8 18; Eicher 4 1-2 11; Hueston 2 0-0 4; Brumbaugh 2 1-1 6. TOTALS: 15 10-12 44. 3-POINT GOALS: Tyrone Ramsey 4 (Ramsey 2, Shaw, Getz) Central 4 (Eicher 3, Brumbaugh 1)

Score by Quarters Tyrone 9 16 16 15 – 56 Central 7 7 10 20 – 44

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