Lady Lancers top Wilmington
Neshannock (39) Vs. Wilmington (31)
Jan 06, 2011
Wilmington almost caught Neshannock at the perfect time, but the Lady Lancers held off a comeback to win the girls version of the Border War at Westminster College.
Neshannock’s defense was the difference in the end, holding the Lady Greyhounds to just two fourth-quarter points.
“We just played Monday, and we have a big section game tomorrow,” said Neshannock coach Luann Grybowski, referring to the Lady Lancers’ matchup with Riverside today. “That’s why we just played a half-court game because I couldn’t afford to take their legs out from under them.”
The usual full-court press of Neshannock (8-1) wasn’t utilized, and Wilmington (4-5) made several key shots to stay close. Haley Marett, who led the Lady Greyhounds with 13 points, nailed two big 3-pointers, and Wilmington was within three midway through the third quarter. That’s when Wilmington coach Brandy Sanford said fatigue set in.
“The college court is 10 feet longer than high school courts,” she said. “I think that played a part in it for both teams. It was much slower in the second half.”
Chelsea Kauffman scored 13 to lead the Lady Lancers, who lost senior Dominique Sheldone for at least six weeks with a broken collarbone suffered in Monday’s win over Shenango. Ericka Warvell added 11. Neshannock and Riverside are tied atop the WPIAL Section 2-AA standings and play at 7:30 tonight.