Bellefonte High School Red Raiders take down Philipsburg Osceola, 51-36

Mallorie Smith (12) of Bellefonte High School sets up a play for her Red Raiders against Philipsburg Osceola High School. Bellefonte won 51-36. (Shareik Flowers/The Express)

BELLEFONTE – Three players posted double figures for Bellefonte as the Red Raiders whitewashed the Philipsburg-Osceola Mountaineers 51-36.

With the victory the Red Raiders ride a two-game win streak and improve its record to 2-4.

“We played well,” Bellefonte head coach Adam Gearhart said.  “Our defense really triggered our game tonight.”

Mallorie Smith recorded 15-points for Bellefonte and was a presence on the court all night. The freshman was dominant on both sides of the ball and was assigned the difficult duty of guarding Philipsburg’s Halle Herrington–who entered the contest averaging over 20 points per game. Smith held her on and limited Herrington to 15 points in the contest.

“She really stepped up,” Gearhart said on Smith.  “She put a lot on her shoulders tonight. We put her at the top of our one-three-one and that’s not an easy place to play. We told her she had to guard their best player and she accepted that challenge.”

Lauren Young posted a game-high 16 points and bullied the Mountaineers in the paint all game as she routinely used her height to grab rebounds and outwork the Mountaineers in the post. After the game, Gearhart described Young as a physical player who is beginning to develop a knack of producing points for the Red Raiders.“That’s her game,” Gearhart explained. “She’s a power player. We keep telling her she doesn’t have to score and that she’s the one who’s going to clean up messes. She picks up the scraps and puts them away. She’s really coming around  as a scorer lately for us as well.”

In the contest the Red Raiders surrendered a season-low 36 points. Bellefonte implemented traps and double-teams which frustrated the Mountaineers–causing them to commit turnovers that the Red Raiders would capitalize on. It was the best defensive performance in Bellefonte’s young season, and it can be contributed to the momentum gained from effectively handing the Mountaineers’ top scorer.

“We played really well defensively,” Gearhart said.  “Halle Herrington is averaging over 20 points per game and we held her to 15. She’s a heck of a player and heck of a scorer and we really held her down.”

“They did the game plan to a ‘T,’ Gearhart added. “Mallorie harassed Herrington all night and the wings were denying who they had to deny and they were doubling when they had to double”

Abbie Carr scored 10 points and teammate Abbey Bruni added another six points. Five players recorded points for the Red Raiders tonight–as the steady contribution from a rotation of players continues to be the normal for Bellefonte this season.

“You don’t know who’s going to score for us each night and who’s going to come forward,” Gearhart said. “This is the type of team I’ve wanted for three years.”

Bellefonte returns to action when it hosts Williamsport (0-5) on Jan. 4.

PO  6  3 12 15-36

BE  14 6 11  20- 51


Scoring: PO: Halle Herrington-15 points, Lacey Potter-13 points, Loryn Hughes-5 points, Madison Lucas-2 points. Bellefonte: Lauren Young- 16 points, Mallorie Smith-15 points, Abbie Carr-10 points, Abbey Bruni-6 points, Raisa Gregor- 4 points.