Logan, Simon Top Penn College Women, Men in Basketball Scoring
Although they all become "local" players when they suit up in their Pennsylvania College of Technology basketball uniforms, two native locals led the college's women's and men's teams in scoring this season.
Erica Logan, a freshman forward from Montoursville, led the Lady Wildcats with 422 points, a 16.2 points-per-game average, while Joe Simon, a sophomore guard from Renovo, led the Penn College men with 353 points and a 13.1 points-per-game average.
WomenFor the Lady Wildcats, who completed their season with an 18-9 record, losing in the semifinals of the Penn State University Athletic Conference playoffs, Amanda Ault, a junior forward from Milan, was second in scoring with 373 points (14.3 average) and Meagan Morris, a sophomore from Herndon, Va., third with 231 points (9.6 average).
Final statistics show that the women scored an average of 64 points per game on offense and allowed 52.
Reflecting on her first season as coach, Alison Tagliaferri said, "It definitely was a good year for us. I didn't know what to expect, but I had a lot of great girls to work with."
Commenting on her transition from player to coach, Tagliaferri said, "I definitely have a lot to learn. I tried to get my intensity to rub off on them and it does for 20 minutes, but the only game we put together was against Brandywine. Overall, it's different coaching. I can't have an impact on the game directly, I have to sit back and let them (players) have control on the court, and that's hard for me to do."
MenCraig Flint, a junior from Port Allegany, was close behind Simon with 328 points and a 12.1 average. Tom Little, a junior from Beacon Falls, Conn., scored 233 points (9.0 average) and Greg Solyak, a freshman from Lancaster, scored 231 (8.9 average).
The Penn College men averaged 72 points per game on offense and allowed an average of 81 per game.
"That was the goal that we wanted to accomplish," coach Gene Bruno, in his 12 th season, said of reaching the playoffs for the first time since the 2004-05 season. The Wildcats' season ended in the quarterfinals of the PSUAC playoffs. They finished with a 9-18 record.
"It's been a year where we've lost two league games by two points and two by six points. It's youth. It's growing pains. The inconsistency shows the youth, that's the big thing, Bruno said.
Looking ahead, the coach added, "If everybody stays afloat, like I think they will, it's just going to pay dividends down the road."