Derr’s late ‘three’ lifts Warwick in Holiday consis

By on December 30, 2014
Warwick sophomore Rylee Derr, shown driving to the basket against Solanco, finished with a team-high 14 points, including a game-winning three-pointer. (Preston Whitcraft)

Warwick sophomore Rylee Derr, shown driving to the basket against Solanco, finished with a team-high 14 points, including a game-winning three-pointer. (Preston Whitcraft)

Trailing by two points late against Solanco last Saturday, the Warwick girls needed a spark.

They got it from Rylee Derr.

With time expiring in the fourth quarter, the Lady Warriors’ star sophomore buried a game-winning 3-pointer, as Warwick snapped a five-game skid with a 42-41 victory over Solanco in the consolation game of its annual Holiday Tournament.

Derr shared game-high scoring honors with the Mares’ Rachel Trout, each with 14 points. Alexa Mohler chipped in with nine points for the Warwick girls, who improved to 4-6 overall (1-4 L-L).

Trout scored 12 of her 14 points in the first half, when Solanco took a 24-17 lead. The senior shooter had the second of her two ‘threes’ and was 3-of-4 at the foul line as the Mares went on a 17-7 run in the second quarter.

But Warwick got three triples in the third quarter &tstr; courtesy of Kate Martin, Derr and Mohler &tstr; and pulled even with the Mares at period’s end, 34-34. Martin finished with five of her points in the stanza to help lead the Lady Warriors.

In the fourth, Solanco shot just 1-of-5 from the foul line, compared to Warwick’s 5-of-9. In the end, Derr’s only bucket of the period came at a perfect time, lifting the WHS girls to the win and avenging an earlier 50-48 loss to the Mares.

Last Friday in the tournament semi-finals, Bishop McDevitt capitalized on a tough pressure defense to go on a 24-4 third-quarter run, and that was the difference in a 58-49 victory for the Lady Crusaders in Lititz.

For the game, McDevitt forced 20 of Warwick’s 31 turnovers in the second half.

“We tried three different press-breakers and our girls were just struggling with it and just could not figure out how to break it,” Warwick coach Amy Derr said, “I give (McDevitt) all the kudos for that because it was a killer.”

Lady Crusader senior Rachel Corrigan scored 12 of her team-high 17 points in the third quarter, including three treys, when McDevitt took a lead it never relinquished. Senior Lauren Purcell chipped in with 15 points, including two triples and a 9-of-12 showing at the free throw line.

“We actually went to man-to-man and we even did a box-and-1 on Corrigan because she was hitting,” Derr said. “We’d do a box-and-1 on her and then No. 2 (Purcell) was hitting.”

Derr and Corrigan shared game-high scoring honors with 17 points apiece.

Most of Derr’s damage came in the opening half, knocking down 12 points as Warwick jumped to an early advantage. A 7-0 run &tstr; consisting of Jamie Kolp’s layup on a pretty assist from Martin, followed by Derr’s trey and a layup &tstr; helped the Lady Warriors go up 18-10 after one.

They still held the upper hand, 25-17, until Martin hit from beyond the arc, Derr scored inside and Kolp dropped in a layup, as the Lady Warriors extended their lead to 32-21 at the break.

It didn’t last.

Mohler’s jumper with 5:45 left in the third put Warwick in front 34-29, but Mikayla Ruth’s layup sent McDevitt on a quarter-ending 16-2 surge. Turnovers limited the Lady Warriors’ scoring chances in a quarter in which they shot just 2-of-9 from the field.

“As soon as (the lead) is gone, that has been a mental struggle for them,” Derr acknowledged. “We just didn’t have the opportunities to shoot as we did in the first half. And they did play a really good first half. I mean, they were doing a lot of good things. I thought Alexa was driving well and it just didn’t work out for us in the end.”

The Lady Crusaders’ led by as many as 12 points when sophomore Briana Breski knocked down both ends of a 1-and-1 with 2:28 left, stretching their advantage to 48-36.

WHS sophomore guard Taylor Gonzales, who was battling sickness, then drained a 3-pointer. Following a free throw by Corrigan, Derr knocked down a triple to make it 49-42 with 1:51 to go.

They got within seven points two more times &tstr; on Rene Ross’ trey with 1:22 left and again when she sank two of three from the line &tstr; but they would get no closer.

“We just couldn’t (get a defensive stop),” Derr said. “We have enough girls on the team that can shoot ‘threes,’ so it’s not like I was looking at any particular go-to person. I said, ‘Play total deny defense, try to get it,’ because even a quick bucket is going to keep us in the game … Were both teams tired at the end? Yeah, I think we were probably more tired and obviously I feel like we need to work on that.”

Last Tuesday, Dec. 23, McCaskey took a big 31-18 lead at the half and never looked back, cruising to a 59-36 win over Warwick in a Section One game in Lititz.

Derr led all scorers with 22 points in the losing cause.

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