McCaskey snaps Warwick’s four-game win streak

By on December 22, 2015

 

Warwick senior guard Lauren Snader battles a Penn Manor player for the ball inside the paint last Friday. Also pictured for the Lady Warriors is Rylee Derr (10). (Photo by Stan Hall)

Warwick senior guard Lauren Snader battles a Penn Manor player for the ball inside the paint last Friday. Also pictured for the Lady Warriors is Rylee Derr (10). (Photo by Stan Hall)

The halftime deficit was just a little too much for the Warwick girls to overcome on Monday night.

Despite a valiant effort in the second half, in which they outscored McCaskey 37-26, the Lady Warriors saw their four-game win streak snapped with a 62-51 Section One loss in Lancaster.

Rylee Derr scored a team-high 15 points to lead three Warwick players in double figures. Samantha Earle added 13 and Kate Martin chipped in with 11 for the Warwick girls, who fell to 4-1 L-L, 5-4 overall. Derr is now just 54 points shy of the 1,000-point milestone.

Ahnera Parker paced McCaskey with 16 points, while Jaileen Short and Paris Todd added 13 and 12 points, respectively.

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Last Friday night, as Warwick girls coach Janelle Garber emerged from the locker room, she was anxious to see one specific area of the stat sheet.

That is, the assists column.

Playing an unselfish brand of basketball against Penn Manor, the Lady Warriors displayed a nice passing game and set up their teammates multiple times for good looks at the bucket.

At no time was that more evident than in the third quarter, when Warwick used a 19-6 run to pull away from the Lady Comets. Ultimately, Warwick won its fifth straight game and improved to 4-0 league (5-3 overall) with a 50-34 victory in a Section One clash in Lititz.

Rylee Derr edged closer to the 1,000-point milestone with a game-high 19 points to lead the way. Point guard Rene Ross handed out six assists.

“I like to see the assists column and that be a high number because that means we’re playing as a team and that’s what basketball is,” Garber said. “You have to play together, all five players, (including) people that come off the bench. So I was happy with them tonight again.”

Junior Sam Earle wasn’t feeling 100 percent and was limited in the second half, while senior Kate Martin missed her second game in a row due to sickness. But Katie Hipple dropped in a career-high 11 points and Jamie Kolp came off the bench to add eight points.

“Everybody is coming in and doing their part and stepping up,” Garber said. Sam said in the locker room after the game, ‘Even though I wasn’t feeling well, Jamie and Katie, you stepped up,’ and that’s so unselfish of Sam to say that.”

No one scored in double figures for Penn Manor, which was led by Sarah Stackhouse’s nine points. But the Lady Comets were still within striking distance after one, trailing just 10-8.

Then when Stackhouse scored on a fastbreak layup with 6:43 left in the half, PM went up 12-10. The Lady Comets were able to capitalize on eight Warwick turnovers in the opening half.

“Their guard pressure was awesome,” Garber said. “They were giving Ren (point guard Rene Ross) a tough time out there and they had a guard coming off and doubling Rene. That’s tough. They have quick guards and they did a really nice job of that in the first half. It took us a little bit to adjust to it.”

Eventually, the Lady Warriors did, and Derr’s three-point play, on an assist from Ross, kick-started the Lady Warriors on a 13-0 run, capped by Kolp’s J, to put them in front 23-12 with 2:54 left in the half. Hipple scored six points in that stretch.

But when Penn Manor’s Alyssa Schriver sank the front end of a 1-and-1 with :28.4 to go, the Lady Comets were within eight, 27-19, at the break.

“They were playing hard, but not how we want to play,” Garber said. “It was a close game, we were up eight at half, and I told them, ‘This is a new game. We’ve got to play like we’re down five right now and come out strong.’”

Warwick got a scare early in the third as Ellie Barley’s layup cut PM’s deficit to 27-23, and they were still within 10 points, 35-25, following a putback by Barley with 5:04 to go in the quarter. But Derr scored seven points in a period-ending 11-0 run which extended the lead to a commanding 46-25 advantage heading to the fourth.

Overall, Warwick’s defense forced 11 of the Lady Comets’ 23 turnovers in the third.

“We came out in that press again in the third and we got some transition points,” Garber said. “I like to say, ‘Just go play basketball. Read and react. Read and react. Anticipate the passes, take chances. We have people back there for you.’ And I want them to feel comfortable enough to do that, to go take chances and just go play basketball. I think our instinct on the team is pretty good.”

Penn Manor never threatened down the stretch, and when Kolp scored on a layup with 4:54 left to give Warwick its biggest lead, 48-26, the outcome was decided.

Last Wednesday, Dec. 16, Derr led all scorers with 20 points as the Lady Warriors earned a big 50-42 win over Section Two contender Lebanon in a crossover game.

Leading 27-24 at the half, Warwick outscored the Lady Cedars 12-7 in the third to open up an eight-point advantage. From there, Lebanon star Alexis Hill, who had a team-high 17 points, fouled out in the fourth and Derr finished 9-of-11 from the foul line to help clinch the victory.

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