Pteel-high too much for genk­in­town

The Globe - - OPINION - By Nick Iuele

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genk­in­town had one of the bet­ter sea­sons in re­cent iady arakes’ his­tory, but a deep run into the state tour­na­ment was not in the cards for gim oomano’s crewK

pteel­ton-High­spire es­sen­tially led wire to wire in a TQ-P9 win over genk­in­town in the mfAA Class A sec­ond round at dar­den ppot High pchoolK qhe iady oollers’ tran­si­tion game and phys­i­cal play proved too much for the iady arakes from the open­ing tip-off and although they played bet­ter as the game went on, it was never closeK

“te knew go­ing in the firVW TuDrWHr wDV JRLQJ WR show us where we were at in the game,” oomano saidK “pteel-High is a very ex­pe­ri­enced team and this is our firVW WLPH KHrH LQ D wKLOH DQG WKHVH JLrOV firVW WLPH KHrH. 7KH firVW TuDrWHr wDV GHfinitely a telling time in the gameK”

Once pteel-High star Malia qate-aeFre­itas got go­ing, the iady arakes were in trou­bleK nui­eted for most RI WKH firVW TuDrWHr, VKH Hx­ploded for NN of her game­high OT points in the last four min­utes of the pe­riod to lead the iady ooller chargeK How­ever, it was more the fact that genk­in­town could not get any­thing go­ing on of­fenseK Even when Emma aor­shimer and ouby testkaem­per, who led genk­in­town with NO points, got open looks, the ball seemed to never want to go in the bas­ketK

qhe iady arakes also strug­gled to hold pos­s­esVLRQ WKrRuJKRuW WKH firVW halfK Af­ter be­ing outscored by OM and scor­ing just seven points in the open­ing eight min­utes, genk­in­town ral­lied to score NQ in the sec­ond pe- riod, but turned the ball over far too muchK tith the blaz­ing speed of the iady oollers, al­most ev­ery in­ter­cepted pass turned into a layup at the other end, which didn’t bode well for genk­in­town through­out the con­testK

pteel-High did a good job of cut­ting off aor­shimer, who is good for around OR points a nightK phe was held to just NN points, in­clud­ing

be­ing shut out in the sec­ond quar­ter. The Lady Drakes knew if they wanted to ad­vance, Dor­shimer had to be score and when she was in­ef­fec­tive, Jenk­in­town was in for a rough game. The Lady Drakes went into half­time down 46-21 and there was no chance of a come­back.

“f thought we played solid half-court de­fense,” Ro­mano said. “Tate is go­ing to get her shots. The turnovers and tran­si­tion points were what we were wor­ried about and they killed us wLWh WhRsH. ,W’s dHfinLWHOy JRRd ex­pe­ri­ence for us though.”

The sec­ond half was more of the same. Jenk­in­town strug­gled to score in the third quar­ter, of­ten times miss­ing wide open layups. Although Steel-High did not score at the alarming rate LW wDs sFRrLnJ DW Ln WhH firsW half, the Lady Rollers only al­lowed eight points in the SHrLRd. ,n WhH finDO SHrLRd, Tate-De­Fre­itas dropped six SRLnWs WR dHDO WhH finDO EORw in what is a sting­ing end to a great sea­son at Jenk­in­town.

The Lady Drakes ended the sea­son 21-6, cham­pi­ons of the Bi­cen­ten­nial League fn­de­pen­dence Di­vi­sion. They lost in the cham­pi­onship game of the District One tour­na­ment and were the sec­ond seed in the mfAA Class A tour­na­ment. Although Ro­mano would have liked to make a deeper run into states, he is very happy about what the Lady Drakes ac­com­plished this year.

“We had a tremen­dous sea­son,” Ro­mano said. “They all ac­com­plished per­sonal and team goals this sea­son and that’s what it’s all about. They have a lot to be proud of and f’m proud of them. Af­ter this we’ll start over again and hopefully we’ll be able to get into states again next sea­son.”

SIGNEES… The La Salle Col­lege High School lacrosse pro­gram, which is pre­sea­son ranked No. 7 in the Na­tion by In­side Lacrosse Mag­a­zine, re­cently an­nounced the com­mit­ments and sign­ing of 14 Di­vi­sion I col­le­giate lacrosse stu­dent-ath­letes. Those sign­ing in­cluded (from left) front row, Ge­orge Uhrich (De­fense, U.S. Naval Academy), Sean Cole­man (Mid­field, Har­vard Univer­sity), An­drew Ei­den­shink (De­fense, Fair­field Univer­sity), An­drew Gra­jew­ski (De­fense, Mon­mouth Univer­sity), Mike Pas­cali (Mid­field, Mount St. Mary’s Univer­sity), and Adam Schaal (At­tack, Bos­ton Univer­sity); back row, Nick Hreshko (Goalie, Mon­mouth Univer­sity), Bren­dan McGonigle (Mid­field, Col­lege of the Holy Cross), Conor Resch (De­fense, Yale Univer­sity), Ste­fan Bergman (De­fense, Univer­sity of Michi­gan), Jeff Cim­bal­ista (At­tack, Yale Univer­sity), Matt Rambo (At­tack, Univer­sity of Mary­land), Zach Drake (Mid­field, Le­high Univer­sity), and Brian McNa­mara (Mid­field, St. Joseph’s Univer­sity).

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