WHS girls end season with loss to Lady Streaks

By on February 7, 2018
Warwick’s Jess Williamson passes the ball to a teammate in Tuesday night’s game at Manheim Township. Photo by Kirk Neidermyer

Warwick’s Jess Williamson passes the ball to a teammate in Tuesday night’s game at Manheim Township. Photo by Kirk Neidermyer

The Warwick girls closed out their season Tuesday night with a 66-44 loss to first-place Manheim Township in a Section One game in Neffsville.

MT’s Olivia Matto scored her 1,000th career point while sharing game-high honors with teammate Megan Baldassarre, each with 19, as the Lady Streaks clinched the Section One title with a 12-2 L-L record (18-4 overall).

Lailani Batty scored 14 points and Lauren Pyle added nine to lead the Warwick girls, who ended their season 3-11 L-L (4-17 overall).

Township took the driver’s seat with a 37-16 lead at the half. Warwick battled in the second half, getting outscored by just one point, 29-28, but it wasn’t enough.

Last Friday, Lailani Batty and Lauren Pyle combined to score 14 points in the fourth quarter, as the Warwick girls knocked off Conestoga Valley 47-39 in a Section One game in Lititz.

As a team, Warwick was 10-of-12 at the foul line in the fourth quarter and 17-for-23 for the game.

“We saw streaks of greatness throughout the season,” Warwick coach Janelle Garber said, “but Friday an entire game was put together. I am so proud of the girls and I’m even more excited to work with them in the off-season.”

Pyle led all scorers with 14 points, including two treys, and Batty added nine, all in the fourth.

“In the final minutes, the girls made their foul shots and stayed poised,” Garber remarked.

The Lady Bucks (6-7 L-L, 10-10 overall), led by Amber High and Savannah Generella with 13 and 12 points, took a 26-23 lead into the break. Abby Rodgers had six of her eight points in the first half to help keep the Lady Warriors close.

Then in the third, with Warwick getting hurt by Conestoga Valley inside the paint, the Lady Warriors switched to a zone defense, and it paid dividends. Pyle converted a three-point play and the WHS girls outscored CV 8-6 to get within one, 32-31 heading to the fourth.

There, they continued to build on the momentum and went on a 16-7 run to claim the victory. Batty stepped up with a pair of three-point plays, Pyle was 3-of-4 at the foul line and Emily Williamson buried both free throws she attempted.

“The girls came together and played as a team,” Garber said. “Everyone contributed to the win as they stayed focused on the game plan and adjusted in the third quarter when we switched to a zone defense.”

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