COAL TOWNSHIP - The 47th annual Shamokin Knights of Columbus Holiday Tournament opened with disappointment for Shamokin Area and shock for Lourdes.

The two teams will meet in the consolation game today at 3 p.m. after the Indians lost 41-29 to Hamburg, and the Red Raiders were downed 47-41 by Southern Columbia.

The championship game between the Hawks and Tigers will be 6 p.m.

Southern, which took a one-year break from participating in the tournament last year, stole the show Friday.

The Tigers, after jumping out to an 8-5 lead after a quarter, trailed Lourdes through most of the second quarter, the entire third and didn't tie the game until 5:12 left in the fourth quarter.

It was around that point that Southern Columbia head coach Kim Chaundy called a timeout and asked her team a simple question.

"We asked who had anything left in them. They all raised their hands, and that's when we knew to go to man (defense)," Chaundy said.

With Lourdes leading 39-32, the Tigers came away with three straight steals by Christina Podpora and Reba Lyash and Southern tied the game thanks to one word - hustle.

"Reba and Christina really came through for us tonight," Chaundy said. "At those crucial times, we had great steals."

It didn't stop there. The Tigers outrebounded the Red Raiders 11-2 in the final quarter and made just enough foul shots to make it to the championship game.

"We got outhustled," Lourdes head coach Mike Klembara said. "We've been telling the girls for some time now that even in the games we won, we didn't finish well in the

fourth quarter. We obviously didn't finish in the fourth quarter tonight. We were kind of in control, but we let them think they could win. We missed some easy shots in the fourth quarter that would have made it a different situation."

The Red Raiders' loss took the shine off a stellar shooting night by freshman Carmella Bickel. She made five 3-pointers and led Lourdes with 17 points. Rachel Schultz scored 14 for the Red Raiders.

As part of the Tigers' team-first approach, no Southern player scored in double figures, but seven of the nine players who took the floor scored. Southern was led in scoring with nine by Jillian Oley, who drained three 3-pointers in her first career varsity start, and Lyash, who scored all her points in the second half.

While the second game went down to the wire, the Indians' loss to the Hawks in the opener was decided in the first half.

Shamokin started the game with attitude, but couldn't connect on its shots.

The Indians made just four of their 21 shots from the field and went 1-for-6 from the foul line in the first half.

"We lost the game in the first three minutes of the game," Shamokin head coach Bill Callahan said. "We should have been up 14 points and we weren't. That's our story - missed layups and missed free throws."

In the second half, the Indians got all the Kassidy Lesher they could handle. The Hawks' senior had 13 of her 14 points and nine rebounds in the second half.

Catelin Pancher led the Indians with nine points.

Game Summaries

HAMBURG (41) - Schoenly 4 5-6 16, Essig 0 0-0 0, Kissinger 0 0-0 0, James 0 1-2 1, S. Lesher 3 1-2 7, Pursell 0 3-4 3, Lehser 4 6-10 14, P. Lesher 0 0-2 0, Graham 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 16-26 41.

SHAMOKIN (29) - Popewczak 1 1-2 4, Erb 0 0-0 0, Forbes 1 2-6 4, Pancher 4 0-0 9, Bonshock 2 0-2 5, Pesarchick 1 0-0 3, Lahr 1 0-0 2, Zimmerman 1 0-0 2, Breslin 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 3-10 29.

3-point FGs: Hamburg (3) - Schoenly 3; Shamokin (4) - Popewczak, Pancher, Bonshock, Pesarchick.

SOUTHERN COLUMBIA (47) - Clark 1 5-12 7, Long 1 0-4 2, Podpora 3 1-3 7, Lyash 4 0-0 9, Daubert 3 1-2 7, Schutt 0 0-0 0, Oley 3 0-0 9, Pantalone 0 0-0 0, Chaundy 2 2-4 6. Totals 17 9-25 47.

LOURDES (41) - Long 0 0-0 0, Wheary 0 0-0 0, Trell 3 0-0 7, Bickel 6 0-0 17, Schultz 6 2-4 14, Funk 1 1-3 3, Pennypacker 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 3-7 41.

3-point FGs: Lyash, Oley 3, Trell, Bickel 5.