Lions stun Delco Christian for BAL title
com If Vegas had made odds on the Bicentennial Athletic League championship game, Delco Christian would have been heavily favored over Lower Moreland given its undefeated league record and the previous two meetings between the teams seeing Delco handily winning both match ups, a nine-point victory in the first game and a 12-point win in the second.
The Lions had the last laugh in the championship matchup, throttling the Knights 52-32. Entering as big underdogs, Lower Moreland played loose and re- laxed and just kept watching its shots fall.
“It was the kind of outcome when you picture the game in your head. It’s what you hope happens and the girls executed,” Lower Moreland coach Rich Becker said.
In the previous meetings, the Lions spent much of the games trying to play catchup. Lower Moreland enjoyed a nine-point halftime lead, an unfamiliar sight as Lions trailed by 18 in the most recent match up.
“We said at some point they’re going to make their run, the longer we can withstand that run the better chance we have,” Becker said.
The Delco run never came, Lower Moreland controlled the second half as they watched shots keep falling and its lead ballooning.
“They took it to us in every aspect of the game, they played defense better than we did, they shot the ball better than we did and they shot free throws better than we did.Add that up we got whupped,” Delco coach Mark Weaver said.
In the last matchup, Lower Moreland was at a disadvantage due to an injury to forward Demi Morganstein. Morganstein factored largely in the contest scoring nine points and playing nearly every minute of the game.
“She’s that glue that holds us together and she’s as healthy as she’s been in about four weeks and it was nice for her to have this moment,” Becker said.
The Lions considered themselves in a non-pressure situation as the underdogs and put it all on Delco.
“I just told them go out there look around, we don’t get too many chances to play [in games like this] and just enjoy the environment and let it go,” Becker said.
For Delco comes an abrupt and unexpected end to the Bicentennial League season, but both teams will now look forward to the upcoming District One playoffs. Delco Christian is the second seed in the Class AA playoffs, while the Lions are the fourth seed in the Class AAA playoffs.