First Posted: 1/20/2013
They doubled her, they tripled her, threw a box-and-one at her with Emily Wolgang facing her up, but the Wyoming Area Lady Warriors could not stop Alexis Lewis in a 63-33 loss to Holy Redeemer on Thursday night in Exeter.
Lewis scored 29 points, only four fewer than the Lady Warrior team.
She made 8-of-11 free throws and 10 field goals, one a three-pointer, but most of the rest of her points were in the paint where she scored seven after offensive rebounds.
The score doesn't indicate it, but the Lady Warriors played hard and hustled. In the early minutes they had some success stopping the entry pass with a collapsing zone defense.
It wasn't until 5:40 of the first that the ball hit a net when the other Alexis, Wilson, hit a tree-pointer from the right wing for HR.
WA's Serra Degnan quickly made it 3-2 going the length of the floor for a lay up for the first two of her team-high eight.
Wilson's three opened things up and Lewis scored on a low post move, a put-back and a free throw to make it 9-2. More Lewis as she stole an inbound pass and scored and then hit a jumper to make it 13-2 with 51 seconds left in the first.
WA's Nicole Wright interrupted with a jumper to make it 13-4, but Lewis poured it on with another put back with 20 seconds left and then after a WA miss she led a break to freshman point guard Lydia Lawson who made a layup at the buzzer to make it 17-4 after one. The second quarter was more of the same as the Lady Royals built the lead to 24-6 with 3:41 left. The Warriors put up a fight there with a mini 5-2 run on baskets by Abby Thornton and Degnan and a free throw by Wright to make it 26-11 at the break.
That was about as good as it got. The Royals went on a tear in the third as Wilson, Sara Altemose, Chelsea Skrepenak and Lewis, who had 13 in the quarter, each made three-pointers in a 25-8 run for a 51-19 lead after three. Lewis already had her 29 by then and left with the Warriors all-male student cheering section, decked out in green shorts and Lady Warrior shirts, chanting Mia Hopkins at her.
The fourth quarter was a JV game with WA winning it 13-11.
Wright scored six for WA; Boot, five and freshman Rachel Solano, four, with a three-pointer.
PA 55, Valley West 36
While the Wyoming Area fans were chanting her name, on the other side of the river Mia Hopkins, the PA senior, scored 22 Thursday in Yatesville in leading the Lady Patriots over the Lady Spartans, 55-36. Valley West stayed within striking distance at 24-17 at the half, but PA pulled away with a 19-8 run in the third. Liz Waleski, scored 12, Allie Barber, five and Eastin Ashby, Jackie Rabender, and Cales Owens, four each.
PA hit 16-of-22 free throws. Barber had a three.
Felicia Turner made a free throw with under a second to play in regulation to tie the game 41-41 and the Warriors won in OT on Monday. Degnan and Thornton did most of the scoring with 17 each. Ashley Blannett scored six; Felicia Turner, five; Nicole Turner, two and Wolfgang, two.
Sometimes it all comes down to making shots and the Patriots missed a bunch of them, including one to tie with three seconds left on Monday in Wright Township.
Crestwood's Rebecca Rutkowski's had a triple-double with 26 points, 10 rebounds and 10 blocks.
Waleski's 17 points was high for the Patriots. She was 5-of-5 on free throws. Mia Hopkins scored 15. Rabender scored 10 and Ashby, five.
Right now the Patriots at 4-2 are just 1 ½ games behind Crestwood (6-1) in the WVC and are the seventh seed in the District 2 3A standings behind Nanticoke and Scranton Prep who are unbeaten and Crestwood, Dallas , Holy Redeemer and Honesdale with one loss each.
The tournament is open. The seeding is based on league records. The WVC season is not broken into halves.
MMI at WA
PA at Coughlin
WA at Lake Lehman
PA at Berwick
Dallas …5-1… 8-2
Pittston Area 4-2…12-2
Valley West …4-2…9-5
Hazleton …3-3… 7-5
Holy Redeemer …4-1…7-4
Lake Lehman …3-2…7-5
Wyoming Area …2-3…4-9