Short­handed L.moreland tops Faith

News-Herald (Perkasie, PA) - - OPINION - By Mike Prince

Lower Moreland, with­out two of its starters and its first player off the bench, had trou­ble putting in bas­kets through­out the night, but it didn’t mat­ter.

The Lady Lions were able to come up with enough of­fen­sive re­bounds and put­back bas­kets that they had no prob­lem putting up enough of­fense to come out on top.

Thanks to strong ef­forts from Lau­ren Kil­lion and Jess Dranzik, Lower Moreland was victorious, win­ning 41-31 over Faith Chris­tian (also the ‘Lions’) in a Bi­cen­ten­nial League meet­ing at Faith Chris­tian Academy on Mon­day night.

With Brid­gette Alexan­der, Demi Mor­ganstein and Colleen Ha­gan all out with in­juries, Lower Moreland needed oth­ers to step up.

“The girls were huge tonight,” Lower Moreland coach Rich Becker said. “We were miss­ing two var­sity play­ers and our first girl off the bench, so girls who usu­ally don’t play had to and it was great for them tonight. Jess (Dranzik) did a nice job on the of­fen­sive boards and I think Lasell Camp­bell did a great job shut­ting ev­ery­one down.”

Lower Moreland (11-2, 7-1), which has now won four games in a row, had more than dou­ble the amount of of­fen­sive re­bounds that Faith Chris­tian (2-6) had, and also never trailed, lead­ing by seven points or more for the en­tire sec­ond half.

Thanks to some solid free throw shoot­ing and a cou­ple of bas­kets from Kil­lion, Lower Moreland was able to go up 10-2 in the first quar­ter. Faith Chris­tian never re­cov­ered from the early deficit, de­spite a solid game from Rachel Shive and Mon­ica Ervin.

“We played well, but we just took some shots that we should’ve made and I think the dif­fer­ence is that they (Lower Moreland) shot bet­ter,” Faith Chris­tian coach Dale Moe said. “The girls played with a lot of heart and stayed in the game. We’re young and we’re get­ting bet­ter and I think the wins are go­ing to come. It’s only a mat­ter of time if they play hard like we did tonight.”

Shive led Faith Chris­tian with 14 points (10 in the sec­ond half), while Ervin fin­ished with eight.

Lower Moreland was led by Kil­lion’s 14 points, while Dranzik added 12 points and nine re­bounds. Camp­bell added seven points, while Ka­ley Przy­bylin­ski fin­ished with six.

“I think a lot of our success was be­cause of the re-

bound­ing and of­fen­sive put­backs,” Becker said. “We didn’t have a lot of con­ti­nu­ity with the back­ups in there, but they did enough on de­fense to box out and we tried to switch de­fenses on them so they couldn’t get any rhythm go­ing. I was very happy with the way the girls played tonight.”

Lower Moreland has now won seven of its first eight Bi­cen­ten­nial League games.

For Mont­gomery Me­dia / MARK C. PSORAS

Christo­pher Dock’s Shea Neal takes a shot past Mor­risville’s Delela Mena dur­ing Wed­nes­day’s Bi­cen­ten­nial League ac­tion.

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