Dayspring shuts down Lady Eagles in first-place battle

By on January 21, 2015

Enck 18 points shy of 1,000

Lititz Christian senior Lexi Enck drives through the lane in second-quarter action against Dayspring on Tuesday night. (Photo by Mike Shull)

Lititz Christian senior Lexi Enck drives through the lane in second-quarter action against Dayspring on Tuesday night. (Photo by Mike Shull)

Facing box-and-1 defenses isn’t anything new for the Lititz Christian girls basketball team.

Normally, the Lady Eagles adjust to the zone and go on about their business.

On Tuesday night, though, it wasn’t quite as easy.

Credit Dayspring Christian Academy’s big girls &tstr; Kierstin Weaver and Rebecca Kroll &tstr; for a lot of Lititz Christian’s struggles.

“It usually doesn’t affect us,” Lady Eagles coach Genna Antes said, “but I think (Dayspring)’s was more effective having the two tall girls inside, especially (Weaver). That shut us down … Our girls are not confident playing against her.”

In a battle of CCAC East Division leaders, Dayspring (9-1, 10-4) gained sole possession of first place with a 49-32 victory in Lititz. With three league games left, the Lady Eagles (7-2 league, 9-6 overall) have a tall mountain to climb, considering Dayspring also owns the head-to-head tiebreaker by virtue of their 38-34 OT win earlier.

“We’d need a whole lot of help,” Antes said. “Tonight did not go as I expected.”

Senior Lexi Enck (15.1 ppg), the Lady Eagles’ leading scorer, was held to just four points in the game on 4-of-8 shooting from the foul line.

Heading into LCS’ game on Thursday at Mount Calvary, she is 18 shy of her 1,000th career point.

Enck and the Lady Eagles, trailing 26-17 at the half, were hoping to get on track in the second. They traded buckets with Dayspring early in the third and they were still within nine, 30-21, when Jennifer Coomer scored on a putback with 6:16 left in the quarter. Coomer finished with 12 points to lead the Lady Eagles.

But Dayspring guard Lacey Balmer scored six points in an 8-2 run &tstr; a surge interrupted by a 25-minute delay when the gym was evacuated due to an emergency alarm. With 11 turnovers in the second half, LCS could never get into a rhythm.

“We turned the ball over too much and hesitated way too much on offense,” Antes said. “A lot of confidence issues at the moment.”

In the final stanza, the Lady Eagles were as close as 39-28 when Autumn Miklas connected, but they would get no closer.

“I think we needed to adjust better to the defense that they played on us,” Antes said. “We needed to handle the ball better on our offensive end and play some better defense on our defensive end.”

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