Two weeks ago, Emma Getz wasn’t sure if she was going to have a sophomore basketball season.
The Tyrone guard went down with a knee injury during the second week of practice, and for several days while waiting on word from her doctors she didn’t know just how severe the injury was. There was even fear of a ligament tear.
However, one day before the Lady Eagles opened the season last Saturday against Bellwood-Antis, Getz received the best diagnosis possible. The injury was nothing more than a sprain.
While it took Getz a couple of games to shake loose the cobwebs, it’s fair to say she was feeling close to 100 percent last night.
In the Lady Eagles’ first true test of the season in the Mountain League, Getz poured in a career-high 33 points to lead Tyrone over Penns Valley 72-52 at the Tyrone Area Middle School gymnasium.
“Coming into the season I didn’t know if I was going to be able to play, so it feels amazing to get to do what I love and have fun,” said Getz.
Getz was sharp early and began heating up in the second quarter, but she was unconscious in the third, when she scored 14 points and drained three three-pointers as Tyrone took an 11-point halftime lead and built it up to 24.
“When we get hot we can shoot the basketball,” said Tyrone coach Luke Rhoades, whose team improved to 2-1 overall and 2-0 in the Mountain League. “We moved the ball well in the third quarter, and Emma shot the ball with confidence.”
But Getz wasn’t the only Tyrone player feeling her stroke. Stephanie Ramsey hit three triples and finished with 14, while Jaida Parker hit five shots from inside the arc and likewise ended with 14.
The collective effort was enough to mitigate a strong night from Valley senior Hannah Montminy, who scored a team-high 23.
“This was a really big game for us,” said Getz. “It was kind of cool to blow them out because they had beaten us down there last year. It was nice that we just came out and played our best game.”
Tyrone trailed only once after Lydia Collison completed a 4-0 run with a layup to make it 6-5 three minutes into the first quarter. But Getz answered with her first three 20 seconds later to put the Lady Eagles back on top to stay. Parker scored twice in the final three minutes of the period and despite a buzzer-beating three-pointer from Katie Martell Tyrone still led 14-12.
The Lady Eagles began heating up from outside in the second, with Getz, Ramsey and Lindsey Fusco hitting three from deepto make it 26-17. Another Getz three later on gave Tyrone a double-digit lead that would last the rest of the game.
It was 33-22 at halftime before Getz and the Lady Eagles stormed through the third quarter to put the game out of reach. With Getz hitting her first four shots, Tyrone opened the second half making seven straight from the field and never missed a shot until six minutes had expired. Getz and Parker each converted and-one opportunities to make it 61-37 at the end of the third.
Getz would hit one more trey in the fourth and scored on a drive to the hoop before exiting with 3:28 to play.
Tyrone’s defense, while not as sharp as Rhoades would have liked, hounded the Lady Rams into 23 turnovers and limited Valley to 21 field goals on 41 attempts.
The Lady Eagles used full-court pressure early to speed the game up, but Rhoades felt his team needed to be more aggressive away from the ball to get the most our of its defensive effort.
“We wanted to speed them up with our press, but when they sped up they were finishing,” he said. “We’re going to have to look at some things defensively. When we rebounded and got the ball out, I liked our game, but we have a lot of work to do with our defense. We weren’t getting in passing lanes.”
Tyrone will be back in action Wednesday at Huntingdon, while the Lady Rams, now 0-4, will be heading to Loyalsock Township.
PENNS VALLEY — Collison 2 2-4 6; Montminy 8 4-4 23; Romig 3 0-2 6; Beben 2 0-0 4; Winkelblech 0 0-0 0; Martell 1 0-0 3; Welshans 5 0-0 10; Dinges 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 21 6-10 52. TYRONE — Lewis 0 0-0 0; Ramsey 4 3-4 14; Fusco 2 1-2 6; Weston 0 0-0 0; Shaw 0 1-3 1; Getz 11 4-6 33; Parker 5 4-6 14; Gibbons 1 0-1 2; Dry 0 0-0 0; Brodzina 1 0-0 2; Kohler 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 24 13-22 72. 3-POINT GOALS: PENNS VALLEY 4 (Montminy 3, Martell) TYRONE 11 (Getz 7, Ramsey 3, Fusco)
Score by Quarters PENNS VALLEY 12 10 15 15 — 52 TYRONE 14 19 28 11 — 72