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The Willow Grove Guide - - OPINION - By Nick Iuele

ni­uele@mont­gomerynews.

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The Haver­ford School bounced ANC out of states with a 76-58 win. The Lions fought hard in the sec­ond half, but they could not re­cover from a 21-6 Haver­ford run Ln WKH firVW TuDrWHr. 7KHy wHrH within 20 at half­time, but time was not on their side and they sim­ply ran out of gas.

“We pressed well and fought hard through­out the game,” ANC coach Kevin Givens said. “It was a great ef­fort, blood, sweat and tears. I’m really proud of how they played in the game and how they have played this sea­son. We were out­VLzHG DnG wH DrH young, EuW they played their hearts out.”

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“We got out­re­bounded badly,” Givens said. “They had 19 of­fen­sive re­bounds. They really beat us up on the boards be­cause we don’t have a player above 6-2.”

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“We av­er­aged about 18 turnovers a game in the be­gin­ning of the sea­son and have cut that down to seven or eight, so we have im­proved,” Givens said. “We have a bunch of small guards, so we need to get in the weight room DnG gHW VWrongHr. WH DOVo WDNH ex­pe­ri­ence from this sea­son. It was a sur­prise that we made LW Wo VWDWHV, EuW , WKLnN WKLngV OooN gooG Ior uV.”

Mont­gomery Me­dia / BOB RAINES

Mount St. Joseph’s Alex Louin lays up a shot af­ter get­ting past Villa Maria’s Molly Namiotka.

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