|IAC GIRLS BASKETBALL: TIOGA CRUISES PAST TOWANDA, 59-24, IN 2017-18 FINALE (24 PHOTOS) (2018-02-08)
By TIM BIRNEY
Valley Sports Report
TIOGA CENTER — Tioga raced out to a 16-point first-quarter lead, and cruised to a season-ending 59-24 win over Towanda here Thursday night in non-league girls basketball action.
Senior Grace Manwaring scored eight points in a row early in the game to give Tioga a quick 12-2 lead. She ended up with 12 points in the opening eight minutes to give the Lady Tigers an 18-2 lead.
“We got off to a good start again,” said Tioga coach Joe Robinson. “Grace (Manwaring) came out shooting the ball well, and when Grace shoots well, our team plays well.
“We rebounded well, and created some easy buckets with our defense. We did a lot of things well,” added Robinson. “I’m pretty proud of the girls.”
Robinson was also impressed by his team’s performance just two nights removed from a 52-51 win over Newark Valley, coached by Greg Schweiger, who coaches several of his girls in travel ball.
“Coming off that win over Newark Valley , I didn’t know how our girls would respond — it was a very emotional game,” said Robinson. “I was glad they came to play, and ended their year, and for most of them, their careers with a victory.”
The second quarter was played with a proverbial lid on both buckets.
Tioga pounded the offensive glass, getting off seven shots in one possession, but could not get a shot to fall. Meanwhile, Towanda ice-cold shooting continued.
Towanda got on the board first on a steal and break-away lay-up by Amanda Horton exactly four minutes into the second quarter.
Senior Sara Strong scored Tioga’s first bucket of the stanza with 2:22 remaining in the first half, and added another bucket in the final 30 seconds as the Lady Tigers outscored Towanda 4-3 to take a 22-5 lead into the halftime intermission.
In the third quarter, eight different Lady Tigers found the scoring column with senior Emily Polo Rankin scoring a pair of buckets, and senior Arielle Ayres, and Strong knocking down 3-pointers to fuel a 20-11 spurt to make it 42-16 heading into the final eight minutes.
Manwaring led Tioga with 14 points, including a trio of 3-pointers, Polo Rankin had eight points and three steals, Ayres added eight points, and Strong had seven points, five rebounds, four assists, and three steals
Senior Madi Teribury had six points, six rebounds, three steals, and one blocked shot in the win, while sophomore Giovanna Rossi had four points, a team-high nine boards, and two blocked shots, junior Bekah Richter had four points, and seven rebounds, freshman Eve Wood grabbed seven rebounds, and senior Hannah Browne chipped in with three assists, and three rebounds.
Hannah Chandler led Towanda with 13 points, and Horton added seven.
Tioga wraps up the 2017-18 campaign with a 6-13 record, and will graduate six seniors — Ayres, Brown, Manwaring, Polo Rankin, Strong, and Teribury.
“I’ve basically had Madi (Teribury) for five years, I’m really gonna miss her,” said Robinson.
“Overall, this is such a great group of seniors,” he added. “They will definitely leave an impression me, for sure.”
IN PHOTO 1: Tioga’s Grace Manwaring.