Eagle girls fall under Panther pressure

UNIONTOWN — Uniontown High’s girls were able to withstand a withering Pittsburg-St. Mary’s Colgan High pressure defense through the first half of their contest Friday.
But that changed in a big way after intermission, Eagle head coach Ken Holt said.
“We just forgot how to handle pressure,” Holt said, as Colgan blasted its way to a 17-3 scoring edge in the third quarter of a 63-35 win.
The loss drops Uniontown to 5-3 overall as they prepare for the Blu-Jay Mid-Season Tournament next week. Uniontown takes on Humboldt at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Pleasanton High.
“We competed well in the first half,” Holt said.
The teams were deadlocked at 12-12 after one quarter, and the Panthers forged in front 27-25 at the break.
But the third-quarter spurt put Colgan on top 44-28. The Panthers closed the game with a 19-7 run.
Uniontown committed 24 of its 38 turnovers after halftime, Holt said. The Eagles shot a frigid 27 percent, 12 of 45, and hit 10 of 17 free throws.
Abbie Smith led Uniontown with 14 points and eight rebounds. Jacy Ermel also scored 11 with eight boards. Tiffany Poyner and Brooke Harper both notched two steals.
Katie Hayes and Ashley Werner scored 14 points each to lead Colgan. Allison McCormick added 11.
Uniontown limited Colgan to 35 percent shooting, 26 of 74, and forced 21 Panther turnovers.
Uniontown (12-13-3-7—35) (FG/3pt): Smith 4-6-x-14, Nietfeld 0-1-x-1, Poyner 1-0-x-2, Ermel 5-1-x-11, Shook 1-0-x-2, Jurgensen 0-2-x-2, Harper 0/1-0-x-3. TOTALS: 11/1-10-x-35.
Colgan (12-15-17-19—63) (FG/3pt): Hayes 6-2-x-14, 6-2-x-14, McCormick 4/1-0-x-11, Sloan 2-2-x-6, Dellasega 2-1-x-5, Marquardt 1-3-x-5, Cedeno 2-0-x-4, Wolfe 1-0-x-2, Gilmore 1-0-x-2. TOTALS: 25/1-10-X-63.