HOLLIDAYSBURG — Cedar Cliff defied the odds much of this season, but finally ran into the buzz saw.
Penn Hills used its speed and size to out-race the Colts despite their grit and determination. The Indians edged the Colts 58-41 at Hollidaysburg High School Thursday night in a game delayed by two days in the second round of the PIAA Class 6A tournament.
Cedar Cliff (20-8, District 3 sixth seed) struggled to get any offensive consistency early as the rougher and quicker Indians pounded the paint. The problem for the Indians was fouls — four different players picked up two fouls each, including Temple recruit Desiree Oliver. She knocked down three shots for seven points in the early five minutes.
“We knew they were physical and quick, but I felt our girls could hang in there with them,” Colt coach Scott Weyant said. “We did, but if a couple of our shots would have fallen in their run, it might have been different. I don’t want this loss to take anything away from this season. They won 20 games and made it further than any other Cedar Cliff team. We will miss Deveaya (Cooper) as a senior, but everybody else is back so we have something to shoot for next season.”
The Colts stayed in the game as they made free throws, and finally Ashley Hoagland and Emily Esser canned shots from beyond the arc to get the Colts within two at 21-19.
Fouls piled up on the Colts late as Deveaja Cooper and Jannelle Robinson each picked up three fouls.
Penn Hills went on a 23-3 run once the Colts got it within two points.
Robinson scored an old-fashioned three-point play, but Oliver took over and scored four straight points and the Lions led 38-22.
The Colts battled in the final period, outscoring the Indians 19-16 in the final quarter.
Tehya Hosey led the Colts with 11 points and Emily Esser added eight, including two shots from beyond the arc. Oliver led all scorers with 26 points.