Local basketball: Mont Alto’s Lions defeat Phoenix

Mont Alto’s Nittany Lions defeated Wilson College’s women’s basketball team Tuesday night in a non-conference bout. The Phoenix (0-2, 0-0 CSAC) were defeated by the Nittany Lions (2-1, 0-0 PSUAC) by a final score of 74-39. 

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How It Happened 

Mont Alto started the first quarter on a 12-3 before Wilson started to chip away, eventually pulling within four points by the end of the quarter, 18-14. Juniors Yaya Cannon (Lancaster, Pa., Elizabethtown College) and Naomi Hanton (Bristow, Va., Keystone College) led the scoring the first with five points apiece.

The Nittany Lions extended their lead to 39-18 by the end of the second half. Mont Alto jumped on an early run to open up the third quarter, pushing their lead to 56-22 when the quarter was over.

The Phoenix started to string together some offensive spurts in the final quarter. Despite the effort, Wilson dropped this one by a final score of 74-39.

Inside the Box Score

Cannon and Hanton led the scoring, both finishing with 13 points. Junior Samira Murphy (Virginia Beach, VA., Great Bridge Christian) added eight buckets while senior Baylen Snyder (Dover, PA, Dover Area) chipped in three. Murphy also tallied four steals while Hanton recorded four blocks in the contest. The Phoenix finished shooting 65% from the floor while adding 18 points from the paint and 11 points off turnovers. 

Up Next

Wilson’s women’s basketball team gets set to visit Immaculata (1-0, 0-0 AEC) on Saturday, November 13, at 1 p.m.

Mont Alto’s team will get a week off of competition before hosting Penn State Lehigh Valley next Tuesday 11/16 at 6 p.m. 

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