South Williamsport pulls away from NEB.

By: Chris Manning | Towanda Daily Review | February 21, 2018


ROME — South Williamsport used a pesky defensive attack and quick passing to pull away from Northeast Bradford 55-40 in the opening round of District IV, Class AA girls' basketball action Tuesday.

Despite being plagued by turnovers, fouls and offensive rebounds, the Panthers were able to make a game of it throughout thanks to some 3-point shooting and scrappy defense of their own.

NEB had 21 turnovers with the Lady Mountaineers also earning a 14-4 edge in fouls for the game. They turned that into a 15-2 free throw disparity.

Lindsay Moore led a balanced effort for the Panthers as she had 10 points and five assists while Aaliyah Bevacqua added eight points and six boards.

Jaycee Brown and Emilee Allis had six points apiece, Lauryn Jones netted five, Josie Haverly had four points and six rebounds while Vicky Rought notched one point.

Megan Weber led South with 19 points and Haley Neidig added 15 points.

A quick blitz by the Mountaineers to start the game put them up 7-0 in the first two minutes.

An Allis bucket stopped the bleeding, but South went on a 5-0 run to extend the lead to 12-2.

NEB found their offensive footing in the second half of the quarter as they went on a 9-2 run of their own jumped started by a Brown 3-pointer and punctuated by another Allis bucket.

Three free throws by Sydney Bachman extended the South lead to 17-13 after the opening quarter.

The Mountaineers started the second quarter with a 6-3 run to take a 23-16 lead.

The two teams then traded buckets followed by a 9-2 South run to end the quarter to take a 32-21 lead into the half.

The two teams traded buckets to start the third quarter followed by a 7-3 South run to give themselves their biggest lead of the game 41-26.

NEB responded with a 5-2 run to end the third quarter starting with a Bevacqua lay-up and punctuated by a Moore 3-pointer to cut it to 43-31.

The two teams went back and forth to start the final quarter with Moore's second 3-pointer cutting it to single digits (45-36) with 6:30 left in the game.

A Sarah Bennett put back, her only points of the game, extended the Mountie lead back to 11-points and from there South pulled away for the win.

They will now face top seed Sayre at a time, place and date to be named later.