Wood ousted by Cru­saders

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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.”

“We had a nine-point lead, but I think we left a ton of points out there in the firVW KDlI,” 5LFFL VDLG. “:H had too many un­forced er­rors and we missed too many open shots. They kept us in a dis­tance where they played in­side their zone and stopped us from mak­ing shots.”

For Mont­gomery Me­dia / BILL RUDICK

Pen­nridge’s Scott Parker tries to get con­trol of Erie Cathe­dral Prep’s Jake Gro­macki dur­ing their third place bout at 113 pounds at the PIAA Class AAAA Wrestling Cham­pi­onships on Satur­day in Her­shey.

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