Tussey Mountain stayed close in the first quarter of Saturday’s game against visiting Norther Bedford. That changed in the middle periods where the Black Panthers outscored the Titans 62-35 on the way to a 90-50 ICC South victory.
The high note for Tussey was senior Chad Morningstar hitting a three-point shot late in the third quarter to surpass the 1,000-point career scoring total. He finished the game with 19 points to bring his total to 1,003.
With the loss, the Titans are now 4-6 for the season and 3-4 in the league. The Panthers, who won the first meeting 54-47, improved to 8-4 overall and 4-1 in the circuit.
“Northern Bedford ran the ball hard and pressed us much of the game,” said Tussey coach Jeremy Molosky. “We have two starters out with injury and Northern Bedford took advantage of that. We just weren’t able to get back on defense to stop them.”
NBC opened a modest 15-10 lead in the first eight minutes. But in the second, Caleb Diehl scored eight and Hayden Foor added seven to lead the Panthers to a 31-13 advantage in the quarter and a 36-23 halftime advantage.
Morningstar scored 10 points in the third quarter to help the Titans hang in, but Foor had 11 and Thad Leidy eight to help the Panthers to a 31-22 advantage in the period and a 77-45 led.
The scoring slowed in the fourth quarter and the Panthers outscored Tussey 13-5 to set the final score.
“There isn’t much good to say about a game like this,” Molosky concluded. “We have some youngsters who are getting more varsity experience than they usual might. Hopefully that will pay off in the future.”
Morningstar was the only Titan in double figures for the night with his 19. Dawson Rightenour finished with nine and Jacob Henry with eight.
Three Panthers finished in double figures, led by Foor with 21 and Diehl with 20. Leidy finished his night with 15.
NBC also dominated in the junior varsity contest, winning 53-10. Luke Barnett and Christian Santa Maria led the Titans with three points each.
Tussey will be home again Tuesday when it plays host to Everett.