Lions upset Jenkintown in BAL semis
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“All I know is that we wanted to beat this team really badly,” Lower Moreland guard Lauren Killion said. “We wanted to keep our season going and we knew we had to come out fast. We needed to take it to them right away and that’s what we did.”
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