WHS girls notch first win Girls Basketball

By on December 30, 2013

By:

BRUCE MORGAN Record Express Sports Editor bmorgan.eph@lnpnews.com

, Staff Writer

The Warwick girls lost their intensity in a lopsided loss to State top-ranked Cumberland Valley on Friday night.

They found it again on Saturday against Shippensburg.

And in return, the Lady Warriors also gained something very important.

Their first win of the season.

Three players scored in double figures – Rylee Derr led the way with 22 points, while Kate Martin and Alexa Mohler added 15 and 13, respectively – and the Warwick girls knocked off Shippensburg 59-49 in the Cumberland Valley Girls Holiday Basketball Tournament consolation game.

"It was so good because everybody played really well," Warwick coach Amy Derr said. "That was nice."

Their balanced scoring attack, along with a focused effort on the boards – particularly from Mohler – were key in helping the Lady Warriors (1-8) get a quick start. Warwick led by double digits at the break, 27-15, then extended it to 18 points going to the fourth quarter and cruised to the victory.

"It was great," Derr said of the fast start. "They pressed us and we pressed them, but honestly, we broke their press quite a few times to get driving layup shots and that just really helped. It was nice seeing them go in without fear and I just felt like they definitely played with that intensity that I felt they lost (Friday) in the second quarter. We just needed a win so bad for their confidence."

Rylee Derr, who was named to the All-Tournament Team, scored 11 of her game-high 22 points in the opening quarter, leading Warwick to a 17-8 lead at period’s end. Derr finished the game shooting 8-of-12 from the foul line.

"Rylee was really doing a good job with getting to the hoop and her driving was super and she was getting fouled a lot," Derr said.

Sarah Lyman and Jasmine Chambers paced the Lady Greyhounds (0-9) with 19 and 14 points, respectively. But it was Mohler who took over in the second quarter, scoring nine points, including a ‘three,’ and making her presence felt inside on putbacks, as Warwick surged to a 27-15 advantage.

"I was really on the girls about rebounding," Derr said. "They have to get into position, so we talked about all those fundamental things, like moving on offense every time a shot is taken. I just can’t say enough about about Alexa’s positioning tonight. She did a super job. She was there for the secondary rebounds and really focusing on that. She was really on a roll."

As a team, the Lady Warriors continued to roll in the third quarter, outscoring Shippensburg 18-12 to build an insurmountable lead. Kasie Sheaffer chipped in with five of her seven points in that period, while Martin added seven, including a triple. Jamie Kolp also had a deuce for Warwick.

"Just to have three kids in double digits and Kasie chip in seven, that was wonderful," Derr said. "We really needed that. More kids scored than usual, so that was nice."

Shippensburg had their best offensive output down the stretch, outscoring Warwick 22-14 over the final eight minutes, but they never threatened the Lady Warriors’ lead.

"Before the game," Derr recalled, "I said to them, ‘I believe in you, you have to believe in yourselves. It’s got to be this effort from you. It’s got to come from the heart. You have to go out there strong and assertive and play the game like you know it should be played.’ Everybody was just really trying, really diving after balls. Everybody was really proving themselves today and it was really nice to see that. They were really out to win."

On Friday night, Maddie Torresin finished with a team-high 20 points to lead three players in double figures, as Cumberland Valley rolled to an 81-33 win over Warwick in the opening-round of the tournament. Katie Jekot added 13 points and Kelly Jekot had 11 for the Lady Eagles, who led 45-13 at the half.

Rylee Derr poured in a game-high 21 points for the Lady Warriors in a losing cause.

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