By Mike Kilroy
Eagle Staff Writer
BUTLER TWP — There was no collapse this time. Not on this night.
"This was for them," said
But it was a freshman who keyed
Olivia Bresnahan scored eight of her team-high 14 points in the first 12 minutes of the game as the Tornado built a 20-4 lead.
Then the second half came, and it brought the same problems that have plagued
With six minutes remaining in the game,
"The last couple of days in practice we've been talking about the three Cs," Epps said. "Commitment, composure and confidence. When we lost those games, we kind of lacked one or two."
What made things more difficult for
That made the Tigers' slow start even more disheartening for NA coach Will Saunders.
"This game was a microcosm of our season," Saunders said. "We came out, we played hard, but we couldn't make our shots from the field or the foul line."
The Tigers came into the game shooting less than 50 percent from the field and 40 percent from the free throw line this season.
The shooting woes were particularly evident early when the Tigers didn't get their second basket until there was one minute remaining in the first quarter.
"That makes it really tough," Saunders said. "(
She took only three shots in the first half and had two points at the break. She finished 5-of-13 from the field.
Part of her problem was
"We really wanted to jam her and take her off some of her favorite spots on the floor," Saunders said.
Senior Maria Baroffio added 10 points for the Tornado. Six of them came in the opening quarter as the Tornado's guard play ruled the game.
"That goes into the three Cs," Epps said. "We thought our guards lost their confidence and composure against Pine-Richland, and they made a real effort not to do that today."
Seniors Liz Schultz and Rachel Barry also played their final home game for the Tornado.
In the ceremony before the game,
NORTH ALLEGHENY 35
Marissa Posteraro 0-1 0-1 0, Sarah Haas 1-4 0-0 2, Kristen Beatty 2-4 3-6 7, Nina Glisan 0-0 0-0 0m Tina Kachulis 0-0 0-0 0, Ginny Thistle 3-6 2-2 8, Maria Nolan 2-5 0-0 4, Jackie Lang 1-6 2-3 4, Julie Figan 1-6 0-0 2, Dawn Murphy 3-8 0-3 8. Totals: 13-40 7-15 35
Rachel Barry 2-5 1-1 5, Olivia Bresnahan 6-9 2-3 14, Elizabeth Schultz 0-0 0-0 0,
North Allegheny 4 7 15 9—35
3-point goals: North Allegheny 2 (Murphy 2);