Tussey Mountain battled with Everett Thursday and gave its rival a much better effort in Saxton than the previous meeting. The Titans played right with the ICC South leading Warriors, but couldn’t keep up after two starters fouled out in the fourth quarter and lost 69-40.

The Titans (12-7, 11-2 ICC) didn’t put up any resistance at Everett (17-2, 12-0 ICC) in a 59-34 loss Jan. 16. Head coach Todd Gates liked how they played this time around.

“We were right with them until the fourth quarter. We stayed in the game and competed.”

Kaitlyn Maxwell had a big night with 29 points for the Warriors. Madison Hicks had 16.

Lexi Weimert led the Titans with 10 points. Meghan Molosky added nine.

Both teams went to the line a lot. Tussey Mountain was 15 of 21 while Everett shot 22 of 30.

Man defense was the choice for each team to start, then they both went to a 2-1-2 zone. Everett led 11-10 after one.

A late run in the second gave Everett a 27-19 lead at the break. Maxwell scored 10 points in the second.

Tussey Mountain came back to 27-24 in the third. The score hovered around three or four points into the final stanza.

Early in the fourth the Titans were down 42-38. Then Sophie Brumbaugh and Kailee Leonard each fouled out.

Everett was too much for the Titans after that. Maxwell added 12 points in the fourth as Everett went on to the 69-40 win.

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