Valley Sports Report
TIOGA CENTER - O-M scored the final 12 points of the game to pull out a 58-43 win over Tioga here Monday night in IAC Small School Division girls basketball action.
With the loss, Tioga is eliminated from postseason contention, and finishes the season with a 7-13 record.
Olivia Grover scored five points, and Grace Vondracek added four points in the first quarter to help O-M to a 12-11 lead after the first eight minutes.
Sophomore Eve Wood hit a bucket to pull Tioga within two points, at 18-16, midway through the second quarter, but Vondracek scored a pair of buckets and Alexis Saunders added an old-fashioned three-point play in a 7-0 spurt that gave O-M a 25-16 lead.
The Lady Indians led 31-22 at the half.
Grover scored nine points in the third quarter and Saunders canned a 3-pointer for O-M, but senior Rebekah Richter scored six points and Wood added five points, including a 3-pointer, as Tioga trimmed a point off its deficit, and trailed 46-38 heading into the final eight minutes.
The Lady Indians missed an opportunity to add to its lead in the third quarter by converting just 2 of 9 free-throw attempts in the stanza.
After a 3-pointer by sophomore Olivia Ayres pulled Tioga within three points, at 46-43, with 5:30 remaining, the O-M's defense sealed the decision by shutting the Lady Tigers out for the remainder of the game.
A 3-pointer by Vondracek triggered a 12-0 game-closing run.
Ayres led Tioga with 13 points, four steals, and three rebounds, while Wood had 10 points, six rebounds, and two assists, and Richter had six points, eight boards, and two blocked shots.
Rossi had six points and eight rebounds for the Lady Tigers, while junior Chloe Bellis added four points, eight rebounds, five steals, and three assists, and freshman Julia Bellis chipped in with four points, three rebounds, and one blocked shot.
Grover led O-M with 23 points and 12 rebounds, while Vondracek added 14 points, eight rebounds and five steals, and Saunders chipped in with 12 points and six steals.
IN PHOTO 1: Tioga's Eve Wood. ... PHOTOS COURTESY OF GRACIE STANDKIND.
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