LC falls short to Pren­der­gast

News-Herald (Perkasie, PA) - - SPORTSROUNDUP - By Ben Reese

For Mont­gomery Me­dia

The small­est player on the court in the Lans­dale Catholic gym came up big.

Bon­ner-Pren­der­gast’s Alyssa Mon­aghan, who is listed at 5-foot-5 on the Pan­das’ ros­ter, scored 28 points to hand the Cru­saders a 58-50 loss — their sec­ond-straight in the Philadel­phia Catholic League and their eighth against two wins over­all.

Lans­dale Catholic got off to a good start af­ter trail­ing 6-1 in the first pe­riod. Shalina Miller helped lead the Cru­saders back against that deficit, scor­ing nine points in the open­ing quar­ter, which LC fin­ished with a 12-9 lead.

But then Mon­aghan got rolling. She scored seven points of her own in the sec­ond quar­ter as the Pan­das took a 24-22 lead into half­time.

“She’s a great player,” LC coach Heather Wein­dor­fer said. “I knew go­ing in that she’s a very smooth point guard. And she’s only a sopho­more.”

In the third pe­riod, Mon­aghan scored only four points, all from the foul line. But Bon­nerPren­der­gast tal­lied 16, hold­ing Lans­dale Catholic to nine for a 40-31 lead.

It was in the fourth quar­ter that Mon­aghan really killed the Cru­saders. She scored 14 of her 28, only four of them from the field.

In fact, she made 14 free throws in the fourth quar­ter and 19 of 20 in the game.

“I said don’t foul them be­cause they’ll hit, but she’s a nice player,” Wein­dor­fer said. “I said that they’re go­ing to keep the ball in her hands. If any­one else touches it, you should be foul­ing them.”

The big prob­lem for the Cru­saders came in that third pe­riod. They couldn’t seem to get any of­fense go­ing.

“I think we came out real flat in the sec­ond half, which I didn’t ex­pect,” Wein­dor­fer said. “We missed a lot of layups in the first half, so I thought we’d come out more fired up, but I thought we came out real flat in the sec­ond half.”

If it weren’t for Miller, the Cru­saders might not have had any of­fense.

“We knew we had the post pres­ence against them,” said Wein­dor­fer about the 6-4 Miller down low in the paint. “But then they started dou­bling on her and that’s when we need other peo­ple to step up and start scor­ing.”

rn­for­tu­nately for Lans­dale Catholic, that didn’t hap­pen. The Cru­saders’ out­side shoot­ing was not there.

Largely miss­ing from the of­fense was the usu­ally high­scor­ing Mary Kate Brokans. Brokans scored nine points, seven of them in the sec­ond half.

Pren­der­gast broke early in the first quar­ter, scor­ing six of the first seven points. The lone LC point came on a free throw by Kim Talley.

But then the Cru­saders’ of­fense got mov­ing. Brokans’ layup got LC within three and Miller scored the next nine points, bro­ken only by a 3-pointer by the Pan­das’ Mon­aghan.

Lans­dale Catholic built on its first pe­riod lead, scor­ing the first five points of the sec­ond quar­ter. Claire Hill fired in a 3-pointer and Talley made a layup and sud­denly the LC lead was 17-9.

But Pren­der­gast started to pick away at that lead. The Pan­das scored 15 of the next 20 points to grab a 24-22 half­time bulge.

Then, as Wein­dor­fer said, the Cru­saders came out a lit­tle flat to start the third pe­riod. Their points were spaced around Pren­der­gast streaks of five, six and six points. Brokans’ 3-pointer with 12 sec­onds left pared the deficit for LC down to nine points en­ter­ing the fi­nal quar­ter.

The last stanza was played to a stand­off with both teams scor­ing 19 points in the quar­ter. Lans­dale Catholic put to­gether an eight-point streak which earned it a tie at 4242 but Bon­ner-Pren­der­gast came right back and took the lead again on a triple by Sarah Mon­aghan and a layup by Alyssa Mon­aghan.

The Cru­saders could never get closer than a two-point deficit af­ter that. And the Pan­das padded their lead late in the game from the foul line with Alyssa Mon­aghan do­ing most of the dam­age, hit­ting eight straight from the stripe.

Miller fin­ished with 17 points for Lans­dale Catholic, the lone Cru­sader in dou­ble fig­ures. In ad­di­tion to Alyssa’ Mon­aghan’s 28, Sarah Mon­aghan added 10 for the Pan­das.

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