TIOGA CENTER, N.Y. - Hannah Manwaring and Callie Patsellis combined for 29 second-half points to lead Tioga to a 65-40 win over a scrappy Edison squad here Tuesday night in opening-round action of the Section IV, Class C girls basketball playoffs.

The Lady Tigers, who beat Edison 54-27 and 51-20 in the their two IAC league encounters, struggled to a 26-20 halftime lead.

Despite bigs wins over Newfield and Groton last week, Tioga coach Joe Robinson was expecting a struggle.

"This was a dangerous game for us," he said. "I tried to tell the girls before the game that (Edison) had nothing to lose. They're going to play their butts off, they're good enough shooters to give us problems and if we don't play well, they're going to hang with us. That's kind of how it panned out.

"We played two must-win games last week. Tonight was a must-win game but it was against a team we had already played and beaten handily," added Robinson. "There was a let down and we survived it.

"We still scored 65 points and we didn't play very well," remarked Robinson.

Tioga took a 7-0 lead in the first two minutes on a fast-break lay-up by Patsellis, a 3-pointer from the corner by Manwaring and a short jumper by Emily Schweiger, but Edison closed out the quarter with a 10-4 run to close the deficit to 11-10.

The Lady Tigers appeared poised to blow the game open when they scored the first 10 points of the second quarter, including eight points by Sierra Beebe, to take a 21-10 lead with 3:58 remaining in the half, but again the Lady Spartans closed strong, using a 9-5 spurt to cut the gap to 26-19.

Patsellis opened the second half with a 3-pointer to put Tioga ahead 29-19, but Edison scored five straight points to cut the deficit to 29-24.

After a 3-pointer by Manwaring gave Tioga a 34-26 lead with 5:01 remaining in the third quarter, Katelyn Warren's short jumper cut the Lady Spartan deficit to 34-28, but that as close as they would get.

A bucket by Paige Tompkins pulled Edison within nine, at 41-32, with 1:41 left in the third quarter, but Manwaring knocked down a trio of 3-pointers in the final 85 seconds to push the Lady Tigers' lead to 50-34 entering the final eight minutes.

"If you leave Hannah (Manwaring) alone, she's going to make you pay," said Robinson.

Tioga used a 10-2 run, fueled by six points from Patsellis, in the first four minutes of the fourth quarter to builds its biggest lead to that point, at 60-36.

Danielle Barto's steal and lay-up at the final buzzer gave the Lady Tigers' their biggest lead of the game.

Manwaring led Tioga with 21 points, including five 3-pointers, eight rebounds and three steals, while Patsellis scored 18 points, grabbed four rebounds and recorded three steals, and Schweiger added 10 points, six rebounds and four steals.

Beebe scored eight points and hauled down seven rebounds for Tioga in the win, while Sarah Whitney chipped in with four points, six assists, five steals and two blocked shots and Natalie Burns grabbed six rebounds.

Paige Tompkins led Edison with 15 points, while Megan Cook scored 10 points and Katelyn Warren chipped in with eight points.

"I thought Edison played a pretty good game. They scored 20 and 27 against us in the first two games," said Robinson. "They were a lot better tonight."

Tioga, now 16-4, hosts Unatego (15-3), a 41-26 winner over Moravia, Friday night in the quarterfinals.