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The Lady Lions’ run at a district title came to an end on Tuesday night when they fell to Villa Maria 5128 in a District One Class AAA VHPLfinDO finDO JDPH at Plymouth Whitemarsh. Although Lower Moreland started off the game on a 6-0 run, it went on a stretch of almost 15 minutes without scoring from the middle of WKH fiUVW TuDUWHU WR D FRuSOH minutes into the third. The Lady Lions outscored the Hurricanes in the third period, but it was far too late.
“We are not deep enough to overcome that,” Lower Moreland coach Rich Becker said. “I think we were a little bit like a deer in headlights. We came out strong, but they pressured us and we got overwhelmed by their athleticism. Our lack of experience in this situation showed.”
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