MECHANICSBURG – West Liberty-Salem jumped out early on Mechanicsburg Thursday night and pulled away to a 60-38 victory in OHC girls basketball.
“I thought defensively, we did a nice job putting some pressure on them and causing some turnovers,” WL-S Coach Dennis McIntosh said. “What’s nice about this group is that we can run eight people in and out and not lose a whole lot.”
The Tigers leapt to a 17-7 lead after a quarter, then began to pull away in the second after a Jamie Peterson goal.
Mechanicsburg’s Mikayla Dodane turned the ball over in the back court on consecutive trips up the floor, leading to a quick six-point run that marked the beginning of the end for the Indians.
Peterson led the Tigers with 15 points while Mikalia McIntosh had 14.
“We work on defense every day,” MHS Coach Christie Dodane said. “We knew exactly what they were going to do. It’s just executing. We’ll keep working at it.”
The Tigers were certainly sharp offensively, moving the ball quickly and efficiently and finding open shots time and again.
“We did an excellent job keeping the ball moving and finding the open person,” McIntosh said. “We missed some shots we probably shouldn’t have, but we did a nice job on the offensive boards, too.”
Meanwhile, Mechanicsburg had to work for everything.
Elly Schipfer led the Indians with 11 points. Dodane and Sydney Hux each added 10 points.
“We just have to keep working. We’re young. We got some good looks, we just didn’t put it in,” Coach Dodane said.
There was no jayvee game.
On Saturday, the Tigers (4-1) host Catholic Central while Mechanicsburg (1-4) tries to regroup at Triad.
Reach Justin Miller at 652-1331 (ext. 1776) or on Twitter @UDC_Miller.