NTL GIRLS BASKETBALL: TIGERS WIN DEFENSIVE BATTLE WITH RIVAL MOUNTIES
(2024-02-07)Northern Tier WEST Sports Report
LIBERTY — North Penn-Mansfield and North Penn-Liberty had a low scoring battle here Wednesday, with the Lady Tigers coming out on top, 24-21.
Liberty took a two point lead into the fourth quarter before Mansfield’s Raegan Watkins-Bourret scored twice to open the final frame. The Lady Tigers held the 20-18 lead until Haley Litzelman hit a three to give the Mounties a 21-20 lead with under three minutes remaining in the game.
Litzelman’s 3-pointer would be the Lady Mounties’ only points in the quarter, however, and Mckenna and Kameron Lightner would each go 2-for-2 from the free throw line to secure the Tigers’ 24-21 win.
Kameron Lightner finished with eight points to lead NP-Mansfield and added six rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals, while Mckenna Lightner had six points, 14 rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots.
Watkins-Bourret had five points, seven rebounds and four blocks, Elaina Shaw had three points and two rebounds and Claire Dominick had two points and two rebounds for Mansfield.
Litzelman led NP-Liberty with 10 points and added eight rebounds and four steals, while Tierney Patterson had nine points and four rebounds and Kaylee Graham had two points, four rebounds and six steals.
In a very slow start, Mansfield held a 3-0 lead on a free throw from Shaw and a bucket by Mckenna Lightner until Patterson got Liberty on the scoreboard with a basket with less than two minutes left in the quarter. The Lightners each had four points in Mansfield’s 9-4 first.
Liberty came back in the second quarter as Patterson scored four points and Litzelman hit a three while holing the Tigers to three points and cutting Mansfield’s lead to 12-11 as they headed to the locker rooms.
The Mounties took the third quarter 7-4 to set up Mansfield’s comeback from two down in the final frame.
North Penn-Mansfield improves to 13-7 overall on the season with the win, to 10-5 in the NTL and to 7-2 in the small school division. They have one regular season game remaining .. Friday at Canton.
The Lady Mounties, now 8-11 overall, 5-10 in the league and 4-5 in the small school, have three regular season games left, starting Thursday with a trip to Meadowbrook Christian Academy.