Mount Union put together a strong second quarter and built a two-point lead over neighboring Southern Huntingdon during Saturday evening's ICC interdivisional contest. But, the Rockets responded with solid third quarter to pull the momentum back in their favor and go on to a 46-34 decision over the Trojans.
Southern Huntingdon has put together a seven-game win streak, improving to 10-3 overall on the season. Mount Union, which was coming off a 49-45 win at Glendale Friday, slipped to 2-5 overall.
Mount Union's Camille Posey led all players with 14 points, while Morgan Brumbaugh added six for the Trojans.
Jenny Cantrell and Majerle North paced the Rockets with 11 points apiece, while Olivia Wilson added 10 and Alexis Buckley seven.
"We started with a press and a zone but we weren't reacting or where we needed to be," noted Rocket head coach Romanda Zinobile. "Offensively, we weren't patient and not making good decisions with our shots."
Brumbaugh had four points in the opening period, but Buckley and North combined for six to help give Southern an 8-6 edge at the quarter. Wilson had four points in the second, but Posey dropped in eight as the Trojans built a 24-20 lead at the intermission.
"Posey was slashing in the lane and we were having trouble stopping her," added Zinobile. "We just weren't rebounding very well and weren't as active defensively as we needed to be and gave up too much."
The Rockets stepped up its defensive effort in the third, limiting the Trojans to a Posey layup in the quarter, while using a balanced-scoring effort to build a 36-26 advantage heading into the final stanza. Defensively, Southern gave up just 10 points in the second half.
"Mount Union likes to penetrate and get to the basket, but we talked about keeping to our assignments and came out with more intensity in the second half. We were just flat in the first half, but were more patient offensively in the second half."
There was no junior varsity game.
Both teams are back in action today. Mount Union travels to Penns Valley for a 6:30 p.m. start, while Northern Bedford hosts Southern Huntingdon with a 6 p.m. junior varsity start and varsity to follow.