SAXTON — Northern Bedford was too much for Tussey Mountain in Saturday’s 90-50 victory.
The game was highlighted by Tussey Mountain senior Chad Morningstar breaking 1,000 career points.
“We thought Tussey out-hustled us the first time we played,” Northern Bedford coach Randy Meck noted. “Their size gave us a lot of trouble. We tried to keep the play going up and down the court, and we did that.
“Congratulations to Chad Morningstar to getting his 1,00th-point.”
Northern Bedford’s Thad Leidy scored the opening bucket before Tussey Mountain jumped ahead to a 6-2 lead. Morningstar, Jacob Henry, and Connor Watkins all scored in the stretch.
Northern Bedford’s Caleb Diehl and Collin Yeatts added 10 points to push the visitors ahead, 12-6, but the hosts used a 4-3 run to stay in the game as the Titans trailed, 15-10, at the end of the first quarter.
Northern Bedford used timely three-point shooting from a slew of senior Black Panthers to jump ahead, 46-24, at the half.
Dakota Claar and Hayden Foor scored the first five points of the second quarter, and after a Titan free throw, Foor and Leidy added a combined eight points.
After a Tussey Mountain Dawson Rightenour three, Evan Clouse and Diehl added more points to lead, 31-13, with four minutes remaining in the first half.
Henry and Rightenour scored four points before the two teams exchanged buckets. Northern Bedford finished out the first half with a 13-5 run to lead, 46-24, at the half.
The visitors outscored the hosts, 44-27, in the second half to secure the 90-50 decision.
“Tussey has been battling through a few injuries and have some guys banged up,” Meck said. “Hopefully they heal and get ready for the playoffs.
“The last two games we’ve played very well. Hopefully we’re peaking at the right time with playoffs coming up.”
Northern Bedford’s Foor led all scoring with 21 points, while Diehl added 20, and Leidy posted 15.
Morningstar led the Titans with 19 points.
“The injuries keep getting us. Every week it’s somebody new,” said Tussey Mountain coach Jeremy Molosky on two starters being hurt for the Titans. “It’s the next-man-up, and we have to keep doing what we’re doing. What can you do? At least we’re playing.
“This is a good time for the JV players to get minutes. We’re building for the future at the same time. It’s good to get these kids some minutes.”
Both teams are back in action on Tuesday.
Northern Bedford visits Southern Huntingdon, while Tussey Mountain hosts Everett.
NORTHERN BEDFORD 90, TUSSEY MOUNTAIN 50
Northern Bedford 15 31 31 13 — 90
Tussey Mountain 10 13 22 5 — 50