U.dublin knocks off 1RUWK 3enn
7Ke VLxWK-VeeGeG 1RUWK 3enn JLUOV EDVkeWEDOO WeDm came to Fort Washington FRnfiGenW LW FRuOG knRFk RII third-seeded Upper Dublin Ln WKe TuDUWeUfinDOV RI WKe District lne Class AAAA playoffs. The Flying Cardinals have only lost once this season, but the Maidens held a height advantage.
BuW wKDW’V Ln Dn LnFK RU two?
Apparently nothing for the )OyLnJ CDUGLnDOV’ IRUwDUGV. With that supposed strength cancelled out, the Maidens were in for a long afternoon. sillanova and a return trip to WKe GLVWULFW finDOV IeOW VR FORVe, EuW DIWeU D 42-26 ORVV, WKe nexW game (playbacks at home against Boyertown) will just be a chance to regain their rhythm before states.
“It was not our day, but Upper Dublin makes you SODy OLke WKDW,” 0DLGenV’ coach Maggie deMarteleire said. “They played very well. We need to recommit ourselves as a team. I Dm KRSLnJ WKe kLGV fiJuUe out what they need to do to make our team better.”
7Ke CDUGLnDOV’ GeIenVe GLG not give the Maidens much moving around room in the fiUVW KDOI. BuW wKen MunLRU sicky Tumasz drained her fiUVW WUey RI WKe VeFRnG KDOI there was hope. The shot EURuJKW KeU WeDm wLWKLn VLx points, but that is close as it got. The Maidens missed WKeLU nexW 16 VKRWV DnG WKe CDUGLnDOV enGeG WKe TuDUWeU on a 12-0 run.
“We weUen’W KLWWLnJ VKRWV, but it is more than that,” deMarteleire said. “oebounding is a strength of ours and it was not today. All we talked about was their back door VFUeenV DnG we GLG nRW execute. It was almost like we never went over it.”
While the Maidens musWeUeG VLx fieOG JRDOV WKURuJK WKUee TuDUWeUV, WKe CDUGLnDOV VKRW 7-IRU-9 Ln WKe WKLUG TuDUter alone. Senior Curtrena GRII VFRUeG VLx RI KeU JDme high 14 points and pulled GRwn IRuU RI KeU VLx Uebounds, as well as too many assists to tally.
“In the second half it may have been the best we have exeFuWeG DOO yeDU,” CDUGLnals coach Morgan Funsten said. “The girls buy in and Curtrena doff is something special. She can score zero points and dominate a game. She is the ultimate team player.”
doff got her forwards involved in the second half as Bri Spector scored all of her 10 points after halftime. Spector and junior oegan dallagher each recorded eight rebounds in the win. dallagher, who transferred from Mount St. Joseph this season, will now get a chance to face her former teammates and prove to the GRuEWeUV WKe CDUGLnDOV’ WKUee seed is warranted.
“1eLWKeU BUL DnG 5eJDn are over 5-10,” Funsten said. “Maybe they are 5-11 in the program. oegan always SODyV OLke D VLx-IRRWeU DnG BUL played great today. She is now SODyLnJ OLke D VLx-IRRWeU, even though they are not. That is what you need to do against D WeDm OLke 1RUWK 3enn, wKR KDV OeJLW VLx-IRRWeUV.”
Junior Erin Maher scored VLx SRLnWV, DOO Ln WKe fiUVW KDOI, and senior Lauren Crisler led the Maidens with eight points. 7Ke 0DLGenV finLVKeG 9-IRU40 (22 percent) to the Cardinals 18-for-31 (58 percent). 7Ke nexW WwR JDmeV IRU WKe Maidens will decided whether WKey DUe WKe five, VLx RU Veven seed out of District lne for WKe uSFRmLnJ 3,AA SODyRIIV.
“We are lucky that this was not our last game,” Crisler said. “We are going to learn from this and the fact we have playbacks games before states is great because we can get back into rhythm. We have the tools.”