Lady Cats Rally For 63-59 Win Over Mercyhurst In First Round of Mountain Cat TournamentMelissa Patterson (Alexandria, Pa.) and Samantha Conner each scored 16 points to lead Pitt Johnstown to a 63-59 come-from-behind victory in Wednesday's first round of the 2004 Pitt Johnstown Mountain Cat Tournament. The Lady Cats trailed by 16 points in the first half, but rallied for the four-point win to raise their record to 8-1 and advance to Thursday's championship game against Edinboro University. Pitt Johnstown will take on Edinboro at 3:00 p.m. Bloomfield (NJ) College will play Mercyhurst in the consolation game at 1:00 p.m.After shooting just 25% (7-28) in the frst half, the Lady Cats shot 50% (16-32) in the second half and held Mercyhurst to just 40.7% (11-27). Pitt Johnstown sophomore guard Allison Krischer (Johnstown, Pa.) tallied 13 points, while junior guard Jaclyn Schirf (Loretto, Pa.) added 11 points to help the Lady Cats win their eighth straight game. Conner grabbed a game-high nine rebounds in the victory.Although the Lady Cats were outrebounded 40-29 for the game, their tough defense forced 26 Mercyhurst turnovers and converted them into 16 points. Pitt Johnstown also connected on 14-17 from the free-throw line, including a pair each by Conner and Patterson in the last 16 seconds to seal the game.Julie Anderson's game-high 19 points and Katlyn Petit's 10 points paced Mercyhurst. Erin Solada pulled down nine rebounds for the Lakers, who fell to 4-7 on the season.In Wednesday's first game of the Pitt Johnstown Tournament, Edinboro University earned a trip to the title game with a 74-57 victory over Bloomfield. Callie Iorfido and Danielle Lantzy each scored 16 points to lead four Fighting Scots who scored in double figures. Marissa Franklin's game-high 22 points and Shantae Barnes game-high 19 rebounds paced Bloomfield. With the victory, Edinboro improved to 7-2 on the year, while Bloomfield dropped to 5-4.