The General McLane girls basketball team looks to keep its postseason journey going as it faces off with District 5 champion Tussey Mountain in the second round of the PIAA Class AA Girls Basketball Championship tournament. Game time is today at 6:30 p.m. at Penn Hills High School in Pittsburgh.
Scouting the Lancers: General McLane maintained pretty good control of opening-round opponent Neshannock this past Friday, beating the Lancers of Lawrence County 68-47.
That win improved the District 10 champions to 23-3 on the season and set up the contest with Tussey Mountain.
In the victory over Neshannock, McLane junior Michelle Jahn led the way with 21 points, netting five 3-pointers. She’s been McLane’s top scorer during the playoffs, averaging 18 points a game.
Junior Celeste Seidel also had a strong game for McLane in the first round, knocking down three treys and scoring 16 points. She’s averaging 10.3 points a night in the postseason.
McLane also has a key offensive weapon in senior Katie Rodrigues, who is putting up 11.5 points per game in the playoffs, led by a 19-point effort in the Lancers’ 37-31 win over Mercer in the D-10 title game.
As a unit, GM is averaging 52 points per game while giving up 32.5 a night.
Scouting the Titans: Tussey Mountain, which hails from Saxton, a town south of Altoona; enters the contest with a record of 24-1. In late February, they won the District 5 Class AA championship with a 43-37 win over North Star, after having lost the district title game the previous two years.
The Lady Titans then advanced to the second round of the state tournament by beating WPIAL fifth-seed Our Lady of the Sacred Heart 34-31 in the first round.
That win over OLSH was the seventh straight game in which Tussey Mountain has held its opponent to under 40 points. Defense, it seems, is the key for the Titans. They’ve yielded 755 points this season, an average of 30.2 per contest.
Their offense, meanwhile, averages 52.8 points a game. They’ve got two players averaging double digits this season. Junior Breana Kendrick leads the way with 15.6 points a night. She’s a terrific shot from downtown, hitting 60 of 155 3-point tries this season for a completion percentage of 44.4. Kendrick also leads the team in assists (78) and steals (79).
Senior Morgan Lynn follows with 11.5 points per night and is also the team’s top rebounder with 7.7 a game.
The Titans have three other players averaging more than six points a night, including junior Courtney Rupert (6.8), senior Paige Reed (6.6) and junior Amanda Stoudnour (6.6).