Alli Macensky

Allí Macensky fights for a rebound during the Galeton Lady Tigers loss to the Northern Potter team on Friday, Jan. 31.

GALETON — Stingy defense and a third-quarter surge helped Northern Potter’s basketball women defeat Galeton, 31-22, in conference action at Galeton, on Friday, Jan. 31.

“Their (Northern Potter’s) defense helped them,” agreed Northern Potter head coach Cindy Cowburn.

Cowburn’s Panthers, leading 11-5 at the half, added 16 points in the third quarter, to lead, 27-12, after that period. One reason was the Panthers’ Courtney Martin (eight points total), who scored three quick layups in that quarter.

For Northern Potter, which raised its overall mark to 5-11 (5-8) in conference play. Madison Hoopes led all scorers with 11 points, followed by Galeton’s Cara Parsell, who scored 10.

Parsell also reached a personal and school milestone, when she grabbed her 500th career rebound in the third quarter.

Galeton also recieved strong contributions from Jessie Evans, who scored eight points to go along with three rebounds, two assists and three steals.

Alli Macensky also chipped in two points, six boards, two assists and five blocks in the loss as well.

Galeton fell to 6-13 overall, and 5-9 in the conference, and after winning four of five, dropped two-straight games near the end of the season.

The Panthers pretty much iced the game by leading 9-2 after the first quarter. From there, the Tigers had to play catch-up, which, as most folks know, is a tough road.

The Panthers host a tough Port Allegany squad for Northern Potter’s last regular-season contest, when the two teams meet on Feb. 11.

Galeton will look to try and finish their season on a positive note, with three games remaining and their next coming against a strong Port Allegany team on Feb. 5 at 6:30 p.m.