BEAVER, Pa. -Two local graduates squared off on the hardwood Monday night as the Penn State-Beaver women's basketball team played host to Bethany.
East Liverpool graduate Brittany?Tomaselli represented the Lions, while 2012 Wellsville graduate Mikyla Tipton suited up for the Bison.
In the end, both players scored five points in Bethany's 76-58 victory.
Bethany’s Mikyla Tipton defends Penn-State Beavers’ Brittany Tomaselli during their game Monday in Beaver. (Photo courtesy Penn State-Beaver)
Senior Kayla Taormina and junior Taylor Verrico each contributed 18 points to lead the way for Bethany.
Verrico opened the game by scoring eight points to lift the Bison (1-3) to a 10-5 lead with five minutes gone in the first half. The Lions (3-2) answered back with nine of the next 13 points to take the lead at 14-13, but after the teams exchanged buckets, Verrico knocked down a three and BC never trailed again.
Late in the half, Bethany ripped off eight straight points, which helped give the Green and White a 34-27 lead going into halftime. The Bison rode the hot hands of Verrico, who had 12, and Taormina, who hit for 11, to build the lead and offset Beaver's 31-22 rebounding advantage.
The teams swapped treys to begin the second half and then Bethany took command with a 15-2 surge. Verrico dropped in five and Taormina had two baskets over that stretch that lifted BC to a 52-32 lead with just under 14 minutes remaining. As the Bison would lead by as many as 23 in the second half, 11 different players scored and Bethany went on to take the impressive victory.
Playing near their hometowns, Taormina and Verrico turned in memorable performances. Taormina recorded a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds while adding in four blocks and three assists. For Verrico, her 18 points was a career-high and she also hauled down five boards.
To lead Penn State-Beaver, Cassandra Flowers had a double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds.
The Bison will try to make it two in a row Wednesday when they host Waynesburg in the PAC opener for both teams. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m.