Young Shaler team fought foul trouble to prevent it from taking wins

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The Titans are young this season – head coach Neal martin noted that he’s still teaching them to put 32 minutes together. But early season foul trouble taught Shaler a lesson they used  to get last Monday’s 49-45 win over Pine-Richland.

“Fouling was a terrible problem early on. I had four girls foul out in the first three games,” said Martin. “We made it a point to decrease unnecessary fouling especially  well into the backcourt,” he said. The Shaler team took to heart the “foul line battle” and how it could impact the outcome of a game.

The turns of events in the January 14 Shaler/Pine-Richland game was so turbulent that Martin laughed a little about it. “We survived,” he said. “It was literally two games within the game. We won in first,  they won in the second. We just happened to have a few more points at that time.”

For Pine-Richland, Marisa Hombosky shot for 12 points and Maria Battaglia had 10. The Titans’ Courtney Bauer scored 13 points and Andi Lydon added 11 for Shaler.

“This team is comprised of a large committee,” explained Martin. “We try to get six girls to score a handful of points. If someone steps up and scores more, we’ll take that.” But Martin explained that if you look at Shaler’s box scores, most players score in the 4-6 point range, and maybe Bauer and Lydon will score in the 9-10 point range.

Shaler played Plum last Wednesday and Woodland Hills last Thursday. Game results and current records can be found on the WPIAL 2012-13 girls’ basketball page at Post-Gazette NOW.

The Titans take on North Hills tonight, in section 3-AAAA.