Wood ousted by Crusaders
By Mike Prince
Everything appeared to be going right for Archbishop Wood.
The three-time defending state champion Lady Vikings, whose experience has gone a long way over the past few postseasons, weren’t missing many shots. Their opponent, Lancaster Catholic, was missing almost everything, and the momentum appeared to be on Wood’s side.
But then, the third quarter happened.
It was a tale of two halves, DV LDnFDVWHr CDWhROLF finished the third on an 18-1 run and eventually cruised to a 54-46 win over Wood in a PIAA Class AAA second round playoff at Reading High School’s Geigle Complex on Wednesday night.
Despite leading by nine at the half, the Lady Vikings were unable to hit their free throws, while LC’s Porscha Speller scored 13 of her 24 points in the third to help the Crusaders (30-1) to the victory.
“We came out in the third quarter and missed six foul shots,” Wood coach Jim Ricci said. “We missed a couple shots after that and when things like that happen, things just roll. Porscha (Speller) had a great game for them and she was hard to stop. You have to give them credit. I thought we played hard, but sometimes you get beat by a better team with a great player.”
In a rematch of last year’s state playoff game, Wood was without junior Haley Scullion due to injury, but it didn’t appear to affect the
kings too much early on. After a slow start, Wood found its groove thanks to a pair of treys by sophomore Rachel Day, who helped put the Lady Vikings up 15-9 after one quarter. In the second, Wood increased its lead thanks to some solid threepoint shooting from juniors Colleen Young and Maddie Tamburini.
The Lady Vikings led 25-16 at the half, with Tamburini’s seven points leading the way.
In the third quarter, things went downhill for the Lady Vikings, as the Crusaders finLVKHG WKH SHrLRG Rn D 22-1 run and led 38-32 entering the fourth. LC’s run stretched to 22-1 early in the fourth, as Wood had to watch as its season slipped away.
“I think we came out really hard, but we weren’t making shots,” said Young, who led Wood with 11 points. “I just don’t think there was much we could do. Lancaster Catholic is just a really good team. We really missed Haley tonight also. She’s a key player to our team and she would’ve helped us out.”
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