Villa Maria top­ples Lions

Public Spirit - - OPINION - By Nick Iuele

ni­uele@mont­gomerynews.

com Lower Moreland’s run to WKH GLVWULFW VHPLfinDOV wDV D great one, but you can’t get shut out in a quar­ter and ex­pect to move on, es­pe­cially against a team like Villa Maria.

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.”

Villa Maria may have come in as the ko. 1 seed in the tour­na­ment, but you would have never known who the fa­vorite was in the fiUVW TuDUWHU. /RwHU 0RUH­land was ag­gres­sive early, at­tack­ing the bas­ket and mov­ing the ball well. Most im­por­tantly, they kept the Hur­ri­canes off the board for a few min­utes, which may have been the most shock­ing part. How­ever, Villa Maria did not let this go on for too ORnJ, fiULnJ bDFN DnG HYHn grab­bing a lead with a cou­ple of min­utes to go in the pe­riod. By the end, the Hur­ri­canes had an 18-11 lead, not in­sur­mount­able for the Lady Lions by any stretch. Then dis­as­ter struck. While Villa Maria put up an­other 18-point quar­ter, Lower Moreland failed to score a sin­gle point. They didn’t even get to the free throw line. The Hur­ri­canes were dom­i­nant in ev­ery way, suf­fo­cat­ing on de­fense and scor­ing on al­most ev­ery of­fen­sive pos­ses­sion. The Lady Lions looked over­whelmed on many oc­ca­sions, and that has a lot to do with hav­ing a young team. But ei­ther way, be­ing shut out in a quar­ter, es­pe­cially

when the other team scores 18 points, is usu­ally a death sen­tence.

To be fair, Lower Moreland did not give up af­ter half­time. The third quar­ter brought a game-high 13 points for the Lady Lions, LnFOuGLnJ fiYH SRLnWV HDFK from Lau­ren hil­lion and Lasell Camp­bell, who led the team with eight points each in the game. The de­fense held Villa Maria to just seven points in the pe­riod, but the Hur­ri­canes had al­ready opened a 20plus point lead and there was no coming back from that.

“I told the girls at half­time that ei­ther they could sit there and cry about it or you FDn fiJKW Ln WKH VHFRnG KDOI,” BHFNHU VDLG. “7KHy GHfinLWHly fought.”

Lower Moreland once DJDLnVW IDOWHUHG Ln WKH finDO quar­ter, scor­ing just four points. By no means was WKLV WKH /DGy /LRnV’ finHVW per­for­mance of the sea­son, but they will have a shot on Satur­day to grab a spot at the state tour­na­ment, some­thing that will be a high­light in an al­ready im­pres­sive sea­son at Lower Moreland.

“I’m not sure where their FRn­fiGHnFH LV, EuW ,’OO finG out in prac­tice to­mor­row,” Becker said. “This is their fiUVW H[SHULHnFH DJDLnVW WKLV type of com­pe­ti­tion. Hopefully they learn from that and it car­ries over on Satur­day at 2:30 p.m. at Ply­mouth Whitemarsh in the con­so­la­tion game.”

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