Williamsburg was able to work the ball inside during the first half against visiting Tussey Mountain during Thursday evening’s Inter-County Conference inter-divisional contest. However, a defensive change for the Titans, as well as Tussey working its own inside game, was enough to help the Titans pull away from the Blue Pirates for a 60-34 victory to end both teams’ regular season.
Tussey Mountain, which is locked into the No. 2 seed for next week’s District Five Class 1A playoffs, ended the regular season winning seven of its last eight game and improving to 17-5 overall. That mark also included a 12-2 effort in the ICC South. Williamsburg has lost five of its last six contests, slipped to 7-15 overall.
Sophie Brumbaugh finished with a game-high 20 points for the Titans, including an impressive 14-for-14 effort at the foul line. Lexi Weimert followed with 17 points and a 7-for-8 performance at the line, while Meghan Molosky added 15 points. Tussey Mountain finished with a 25-for-28 effort at the charity stripe, including 13-for-14 in the first half.
The Pirates’ were led by their inside game of Kendel Norris and Madison Bem. Norris finished with 14 points, while Bem added nine. Krista Simpson followed with six.
“Williamsburg has size and it was working the ball inside to Norris and Bem and we were struggling,” commented Tussey Mountain head coach Todd Gates. “But, after the half, we extended the pressure a little more and gave them problems trying to get the ball inside. We also worked the ball inside on our end to Sophie, which was something we didn’t do in the first half, and they kept fouling her. Williamsburg is a good young team that we really didn’t know much about.”
Brumbaugh opened with six points in the first period, while Weimert and Molosky added five apiece to help the Titans build a 16-12 lead. Norris had seven points in the quarter. Bem had four points in the second and Simpson drained a trey. But, Weimert answered with seven points and Brumbaugh six to send Tussey into the intermission with a 31-21 advantage.
The Titan defense surrendered just four free throws to Norris in the third quarter, while Brumbaugh was 6-for-6 from the foul line and Weimert and Leonard added five and four points, respectively, pushing the score to 47-25 heading into the final stanza.
Molosky finished with seven points in the fourth and Leonard four to seal the win.
There was no junior varsity prelim.