Lady Warriors fall to Mifflin, Garden Spot
By: BRUCE MORGAN Record Express Sports Editor, Staff Writer
As Warwick girls coach Amy Derr looked at the scorebook following her team’s season-opening game against Governor Mifflin last Friday night, her eyes were quickly caught by one of the statistics.
It was the one showing the Lady Mustangs shooting 21-for-29 from the foul line.
"They shot unbelievably," Derr said.
Although Warwick’s head coach liked the intensity and effort that her girls had, Governor Mifflin simply rode that hot shooting night to a 59-38 victory in the Berks Catholic Tip-Off Tournament semi-finals.
One night later, with the Lady Warriors looking to get in the win column in a battle against L-L rival Garden Spot, they came up a little short in a 42-33 setback in the consis.
GS junior Holly Schnader, who led her team with nine points in an opening-night loss, was held in check by Warwick senior Greta Weidemoyer, as she went just 2-for-6 at the foul line. But Katelyn Snader and Hailey Fricke led the way for the Lady Spartans with 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Snader, in particular, beat the Warwick girls on a number of rebounds and hurt them with easy putback layups.
"Again I felt like our attitudes and intensity was good. But I also felt like we did poorly with off-side rebounding, truly, in the first half," Derr said. "We were getting our shots off on one side and no one was there on the other side … But we’re learning from our mistakes. I feel like they’re really starting to sync as a team, the chemistry is good and all that."
Snader scored 11 of her 12 points in the first half when the Lady Spartans jumped to a 29-20 lead. Alexa Mohler scored all six of her points in the opening two quarters and Madi Derr knocked a ‘three’ to help keep the Lady Warriors within striking distance.
In a low-scoring third quarter, Spot’s Brandi Styer hit a 3-pointer to help keep GS up 36-25 heading to the final stanza. There, Weidemoyer scored four of her team-high nine points to lead Warwick, but it wasn’t enough.
I told the girls, ‘We’re quick and we need to capitalize on our quickness, but we don’t have the height, so we really need to focus on rebounding,’" Derr said. "It would be great if we could be a 70 percent shooting team from the free throw line. Let’s capitalize on those things that I know we can do well. We need to focus on them being better offensive players and just be more consistent with their shots."
Governor Mifflin was certainly consistent with their shots on Friday, led by Emily Gingrich, who was 12-of-15 from the foul line and paced all scorers with 25 points.
Gingrich and senior teammate Megan McKay accounted for 15 points in the first half as the Lady Mustangs took a 22-10 advantage at the intermission.
"(Gingrich) had a very quick first move," Derr remarked. "She was good. She was really good … We played them zone because we knew they had some big girls, but they were shooting their ‘threes.’ They had probably four girls that could shoot the ‘threes.’ And it was one of those things where (our girls) were there, but they were scoring."
Warwick got balanced in the third quarter while outscoring Mifflin 14-12, cutting their deficit to 34-24 at period’s end. Weidemoyer scored all 10 of her team-high points in the second half, including four in the third, and Kate Martin knocked down a 3-pointer.
But the Lady Mustangs shot a sizzling 8-of-9 from the foul line in the fourth quarter, while finishing the game on a 25-14 run to pull away. Derr and Martin each connected from downtown and Weidemoyer was 4-of-5 from the foul line, including a three-point play, to lead Warwick in the final stanza.
"Considering we were outsized and outscored," Derr said, "I thought the girls did a lot of good things." More LADY WARRIORS, page B-4