When your plan is to play an up tempo game based on pressure and quick transitions, you can expect to turn the ball over a few times. There is a risk in that style of play, but if done right, there’s also a lot of reward.
Using full-court pressure last night at home against Central, the Tyrone girls basketball team turned the ball over three times in the first quarter in the attempt to turn Lady Dragon miscues into quick points. While that number may not be ideal, the reward justified the strategy. Central coughed the ball up six times, leading to easy buckets for Tyrone, who at one point hit on 7 of 9 field goals to take a 20-11 lead.
Tyrone’s defense would go on to force 13 more turnovers and turn the game into a blowout, winning 62-29 to improve to 2-0 in the Mountain League.
If it wasn’t Tyrone’s transition game producing for the Lady Eagles, it was their half-court offense, which got every look it wanted, both inside and out. Jaida Parker led Tyrone with a game-high 15 points, scoring on the break and on drives to the hoop. Kayelin Gibbons powered her way to 14 in the post, and Emma Getz knocked down mid-range jump shots and slashing penetration moves for 13.
Meanwhile, Stephanie Ramsey kept Tyrone’s game from the perimeter on point, knocking down three triples for her 9 points.
Tyrone is now 3-2 overall.
After breaking to the early lead, the Lady Eagles forced five more turnovers in the second quarter to gain a commanding advantage by halftime. Tyrone didn’t allow a field goal until Leah Johnston scored with 2:54 left in the half, and by then the Lady Eagles had a 16-point lead. Parker and Gibbons each scored twice in a 10-0 run to start the period, and freshman Summer Shaw ended the period with a three and a driving basket to make it 36-17 at the break.
Tyrone pulled back into a three-quarter court press in the third with the same effectiveness as their full-court defense. Central turned the ball over seven times. Tyrone used a 15-2 run to get the mercy clock rolling and was up 60-23 heading into the fourth quarter.
The Lady Eagles travel to Penns Valley tonight.
TYRONE 62, CENTRAL 29
CENTRAL — Diehl 1 0-0 2; Johnston 3 3-4 9; Dixon 2 0-0 5; Longenecker 5 0-0 12; Hueston 0 1-2 1. TOTALS: 11 4-6 29. TYRONE — Getz 6 1-1 13; Ramsey 3 0-0 9; Parker 5 5-6 15; Gibbons 5 4-6 14; Shaw 2 0-0 5; Christine 1 0-0 2; Lewis 2 0-0 4; Corle 0 0-0 0; Beeman 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 24 10-13 62. 3-POINT GOALS: Tyrone 4 (Shaw, Ramsey 3) Central 3 (Longenecker 2, Dixon 1).
SCORE BY QUARTERS