WHS girls prevail in OT over Solanco

By on January 15, 2014


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

, Staff Writer

Photo by Preston Whitcraftâ?©Warwick junior Alexa Mohler (44) makes a strong move inside against Township last Friday as teammate Jamie Kolp (32) looks on.

Sophomore guard Kate Martin has connected seven times from beyond the arc for Warwick this season.

Perhaps none were bigger, though, than the triple she drained as time expired in regulation on Tuesday night.

Thanks to Martin’s trey, the Lady Warriors pulled even with Solanco 38-38 and went to OT. There, Warwick (2-7 L-L, 3-12 overall) outscored the Mares 9-6 – with all points coming from freshman Rylee Derr – and won for the second time in its last four games, defeating Solanco 47-44 in a Section One-Two crossover in Quarryville.

For the game, Derr finished with a career-high 26 points, two more than her previous high of 24 in a loss to Cocalico this season.

Despite shooting just 12-of-26 from the foul line in the game, Warwick led 23-10 at the half. The Mares, led by Jocelyn Mendez’s 18 points, chipped away in the second half and eventually pulled in front in the fourth.

Martin, though, extended the game for the Warwick girls and Derr did the rest.

In other action last Friday, the first-place Manheim Township girls took a 36-13 lead in the first half and never looked back, claiming a 60-31 Section One win in Lititz.

Senior Kaitlyn Van Tash scored 14 of her game-high 16 points in the opening two quarters to lead the Lady Streaks. Senior Alexandra Leslie chipped in with 15.

The Warwick girls were led by Rylee Derr, who finished with 14 points, including a pair of three-pointers.

Earlier, with the Lady Warriors looking to earn back-to-back wins for the first time this season, they took a 30-26 lead at the half over McCaskey last Thursday. The Red Tornado, though, came out of the locker room following the break and held Warwick scoreless in the third, using a 15-0 run to grab the advantage and then cruise to the 51-38 win.

Dava Frederick dropped in a season-high 13 points, including three triples, and Derr added 12 points to lead Warwick in the loss.

McCaskey’s Ahnera Parker led all scorers with 18 points, while Ayanda McGill-Jefferson helped out with 14 points.

Last Wednesday, Jan. 8 in Millersville, the Lady Warriors outscored Penn Manor 19-13 in the final stanza and notched their second win of the season, defeating the host Lady Comets 59-53 in a Section One game.

Through the first three quarters, neither team led by more than five points.

But in the fourth, Derr, who along with Alexa Mohler finished with 19 points to share game-high scoring honors, poured in nine to help lead a final charge for Warwick.

In the fourth, with the score tied 46-all, Frederick’s three-pointer with 4:06 left put the Lady Warriors up 49-46 and gave them an advantage they never relinquished.

Although Penn Manor had a 58-25 edge on the boards, it was held scoreless for more than two minutes, and Warwick went 6-of-12 at the foul line and then got a putback from Frederick (7 points) with 1:18 left to go in front 57-47, and that was basically the game.

"We’ve been talking to Kasie Sheaffer and Taylor Gonzales and Dava … I don’t want them to be shy," Warwick coach Amy Derr said. "Dava’s a sophomore, but considering it’s their first year for all of them playing, (I’m telling them), ‘Let’s get some confidence. Let’s go out and really show the team what you’re about.’ So it was nice to see them out there with some confidence."

Derr and Alexa Mohler finished with 19 points apiece to share game-high scoring honors for Warwick, while Kate Martin added nine points. Despite not feeling 100 percent, Derr scored nine points in the final eight minutes to help lead the way.

"(Rylee) kinda felt like she had a slow start, but I’m just pleased with her driving," coach Derr said. "I tell the girls, ‘You’ve got to drive to get the fouls,’ and if you drive like that, you’re going to get the fouls. They need to just continue doing that. I know that she’s really trying to get her foul-shooting percentage up, that’s her goal."

The goal for Warwick’s defense was to clamp down on outside shooter Brittany Imel and big girl Abbie Hamby. Although Hamby scored six of her team-high 14 points in the first quarter, Mohler and Derr each buried a trey in the final couple minutes to tie it 13-13 at period’s end.

While scoring in double figures for the fourth straight game, Mohler’s 19 points also represented a season-high for the junior forward.

"(Alexa)’s that quiet force," Derr said. "I knew she would come around after coming off a volleyball injury and it was just a matter of time. I feel like I’ve got a great rapport with her and she’s just such a good kid all the way around. The kids look up to her."

Following a ‘J’ by Mary Kate Wells with 3:56 left in the half, Penn Manor led 22-18. But back-to-back layups by Martin fueled Warwick on a period-ending 7-2 run, giving the Lady Warriors a 25-24 lead at half.

They led by as many as five, 38-33, when Mohler sank a jumper with 1:32 to go in the third, but Hamby scored on the post with :19 left on the clock to tie it 40-all heading into the final stanza. Illisha Collazo chipped in with 10 points for the Lady Comets.

But Warwick, pressing and showing the Lady Comets different defenses, forced eight of Penn Manor’s 25 turnovers in the fourth and closed it out with a win.

"(Imel), in my opinion, was pretty good on film and we wanted to kinda key in on her," Derr said. "It was finally some communication. I’m trying to get that confidence up, I’m trying to get them to come out and play all the quarters. The last couple have been tough (in losses to York Suburban and Cedar Crest), that we’re missing out on a quarter, and it was nice to see them play four solid quarters."

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