By John Enrietto
Eagle Sports Editor
And as a result,
And its ugliest one.
"No doubt, this is the worst game we've played this year, but we found a way to get it done,"
The bad part was the Tornado (7-1, 3-0) sank just 13 of 42 shots from the floor and missed six free throws in the fourth quarter just enough to keep the Lady Raiders (2-5, 0-3) within a possession.
"We played hard and so did they,"
"That's my leading scorer and top two rebounders on the bench."
Messmer and Mangola got in early foul trouble while a third Raider starter, guard Aly Eagle, fouled out with to play.
Miller missed the first shot and made the second. The Raiders called timeout, then executed a play in an attempt to tie the game.
"We couldn't have drawn up a better play,"Mathews said. "Megan (Gebrosky) and Cath (Messmer) are my two best ballhandlers."
Gebrosky quickly dribbled the ball up the floor and dished off to a wide-open Messmer at the foul line. Messmer drove to the hoop for an uncontested lay-up which rolled off the rim.
"They got off an open shot ... Thank goodness it rolled off,"Epps said.
Messmer immediately fouled
"This is a rivalry and we knew they were gonna come in here ready to play,"Epps said of
The five teams to defeat
"They have a very deceptive record,"Epps said.
Kelsey Patsilevas had 12 points and five rebounds for
The Raiders had 18 turnovers, but none in the final quarter.
"Their guard play off the bench was a big difference in this game,"Mathews said. "We didn't play that well defensively."
"We did enough things wrong to lose tonight," she said. "In a game like this, there were probably 30 plays that could have decided it."
Casie Cygan disrupted two SVbreakaway layup attempts with less than two minutes to go. Kath
"That rebound was huge,"Epps said. "I had just read the girls a poem about how everyone on the team contributes in a different way.
"There were examples of that tonight."
Aly Eagle 1-3 0-0 3, Megan Gebrosky 4-8 0-0 8, Kelsey Patsilevas 4-14 1-2 12, Jackie Mangola 0-4 4-4 4, Cath
Lyndsy Day 2-6 3-4 7, Olivia Bresnahan 4-9 7-12 15, Karissa King 0-4 1-2 1, Kath
3-point goals: Eagle, Patsilevas 3; Miller, Cygan 2