Each team played hard. Each team shot hot and cold. Each team rebounded well. However, the difference, aside from the fact that Bucktail escaped with a 42-41 win over Galeton’s womens basketball team on Thursday, Feb. 13 might be found on the scoreboard’s “fouls” compilation, where it noted that Galeton gave up ten, to Bucktail’s eight.
“We played good; we played hard,” noted Galeton head coach Andy Macensky. “Our big girl (Alli Macensky) got in foul trouble.”
When that happened, the Tigers couldn’t effectively cover Bucktail’s big scorer and rebounder Julie Green, who wound up with a team-leading 19 points. Galeton’s Jessie Evans led everyone with 24 points. When Bucktail got the ball to Green underneath, look for the visitors to score two.
The first quarter ended with the Bucks holding an 11-10 lead, pretty much describing what was to follow. However, Galeton outscored the visitors, 16-5, in the second period, to hold a 26-16 half-time lead. That looked good for the Tigers, but Bucktail re-paid them 14-3 in the third, to regain the one-point lead they held at the final buzzer.
Galeton fell to 6-16 overall, holding their 5-11 conference mark, while the Bucks finished the season at 6-16, and 2-11, respectively.
For the Tigers, it was an especially tough loss on senior night, for local fans who watched Evans and Cara Parsell play their final games on the local hardwood. It also means that coach Macensky should see lots of experienced players next season.