OLOL was on its game
READING - When Lourdes Regional is playing its game, the Red Raiders are tough to beat.
Their game is playing good defense and moving the ball on offense. Lourdes did both, particularly the latter, in Wednesday's 57-42 PIAA Class A second round playoff win over Girard College at Reading's Geigle Complex.
Lourdes had 21 baskets, with assists on 17 of them, and only for one stretch did the Red Raiders let the Cavaliers' athleticism get to them.
Sophomore Bailey Trell had six assists, and seniors Nikki Komara and Sarah Getchey five and four, respectively, and every player in the starting five found themselves recipients of easy open shots at some point.
"That's the key to our success," Lourdes coach Mike Klembara said. "Our biggest kid is maybe 5-7½, so we have to move the ball, get open shots and play defense. We did that tonight."
Lourdes did well enough that if the Red Raiders would have hit a few more of their shots early on, their 15-point halftime lead might have been 25 points. "We had opportunities early," Klembara said.
But Getchey did hit three 3-point shots in the first nine minutes on the way to a 15-point game, and that forced the Cavaliers to make some defensive adjustments.
"We were ready for them to mix it up between the zone and man-to-man," Klembara said. "They made a run at us and we kept our composure pretty well."
That run came in the third quarter, when Girard ramped up its press and scored 10 straight points to cut Lourdes' lead down to 31-24. G'mrice Davis scored eight of her game-high 25 points during that run, which also came when sophomore center Caity Funk went down with an injury for a few minutes. Although she generally doesn't score much, Funk acts as the hub of Lourdes' set offense, taking the ball at either the high or low post and sending it out to the wings. Trell whistled a pass to Rachel Schultz, who scored two of her 19 points to end the drought, and Schultz then assisted on a bucket by Komara.
Back in the game, Funk scored with an assist from Komara and Schultz scored again off another pass from Trell and Lourdes took a 39-30 lead after three quarters.
"Both of our sophomores, Caity and Bailey, made some big contributions," Klembara said.
Lourdes opened the final quarter by scoring five straight points to open a 44-30 lead, with Getchey assisting on baskets by Komara and Schultz.
"I thought we did (play well offensively)," Getchey said. "This (advancing) is very special. We just have to play our best."
"We knew number 5 (Davis) and number 12 (Jodi Marshall) had some talent," Klembara said. "Davis is kind of like the Seely girl (Justine Seely) from Benton."
"There are only four teams left in the East and we're one of them," said Klembara. "That's a great accomplishment for our team."