NA Shakes off slow start, rolls over Rams

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by: Jonathan Spina

Things started slow for the North Allegheny girls basketball team on Tuesday night at UPMC Court but the Tigers would figure it out in the second half to come away with a 59-38 win over the Pine-Richland Rams in Section 1-6A action.

The game started slow for both teams with not a lot of offense early on. Near the end of the first quarter the Rams were in control with a 7-6 lead over North Allegheny. The Tigers responded with a 12-1 run that spanned from the end of the first quarter to early in the second quarter and got the lead to double digits at 18-8. Pine-Richland was able to trim the lead to nine points, but at the half, the Tigers led it 25-16.

The start of the third quarter saw North Allegheny come out with a lot more intensity and energy. The defense had been there all game but now shots were starting to fall and the lead began to expand. The Tigers outscored Pine-Richland, 21-13, in the third quarter and held a 46-29 advantage going into the final stanza. The scoring slowed down for both teams in the fourth quarter but that was just fine with North Allegheny as they coasted to a 59-38 win.

Lydia Betz defends Madison Zavasky of Pine-Richland. (Photo by Hannah Noel).

Senior forward Lydia Betz led the way with 15 points. For her offensive production and great defense on Pine-Richland’s top scorer Madison Zavasky, Betz was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game. Seniors Kellie McConnell and Caroline Henderson each finished with 11 points.

North Allegheny improves to 16-2 overall and 5-2 in Section 1-6A. Pine-Richland falls to 5-11 and 3-4 in the section. North Allegheny will return to action on Friday when they take on the Butler Golden Tornado at UPMC Court at 6:30 p.m. This is a part of a girl/boy doubleheader and will be broadcasted live on the North Allegheny Sports Network.

(Photo by Hannah Noel).

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