When the halftime buzzer sounded indicating that it was time to resume play, the Lycoming women's basketball team was no where to be found. Elizabethtown was on the court ready to go and wondering where their opponent had gone. The Lady Warriors emerged moments later, then senior Julia Antonelli lined up on the wrong side of the court to inbound the ball.
It was just that kind of night for the Lady Warriors, as they shot 33 percent from the field in a 74-54 loss to Elizabethtown Bluejays in the first game of Commonwealth Conference play.
Lycoming was resilient throughout the game, trailing by nine points early, but two three pointers within 90 seconds by Olivia Manges capped off a 10-0 run by Lycoming to give it a 12-11 lead. But Elizabethtown ended the half on a 10-0 run, including a buzzer-beating runner by Kendra Beittel to make it 37-24.
Midway through the second half, Lycoming was down 19 and it looked like the Bluejays were going to run away with the game. But Antonelli scored five quick points to cut the lead to 14.
Minutes later Victoria Kowalski (6 points 3 rebounds) nailed a three that made it 52-42 at the nine minute mark. A minute later, Kowalski hit another three and the Lady Warriors were within seven. But that's the closest it got as Elizabethtown followed with a 13-3 run to put the game out of reach.
"To be successful we can't give up huge halftime leads and expect to comeback and win," said Lycoming assistant coach Tom Griffith. "The energy that that takes is enormous and you just put yourself in a hole, when you're in a hole you have to dig yourself out. We started to dig ourself out and then of course we lost energy, got tired, weren't able to do it. The problem is we didn't execute anything in the first half, people asked what we were running, we were running around."
Lycoming shot 31 percent in the first half while Elizabethtown shot 42 percent, including 40 percent from three. Lycoming only had three more turnovers then Elizabethtown, but the Bluejays scored 25 points off those turnovers while Lycoming only managed 14.
"It seems like we're a one-half team right now," Antonelli said. "We're not coming out at the beginning of games ready to play."
Not everything was bad for the Warriors, as Antonelli recorded her second double-double of the year with 18 points and 10 rebounds, six offensive. Olivia Manges also played well, hitting some big 3-pointers to get the Warriors back in the game. Manges finished with 12 points and two steals, she went 2 for 4 from behind the arc. No other Lady Warrior finished with more than six points.
It was a completly different story for Elizabethtown as it shot 43 percent from the field, 85 percent from the free throw line and five players scored over eight points.
The Bluejays were led by forward Taylor Kreider as she finished with a game-high 19 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Taylor Alwine pitched in with 14 points and six rebounds and Kendra Beittel added 14 points and seven assists. Beittel also played well on defense holding Lycoming stand out point guard Nicole Calella to just one point.
Erika Ferro 2-5 0-0 4, Taylor Kreider 7-17 5-5 19, Taylor Alwine 5-9 4-4 14, Kendra Beittel 5-10 3-4 14, Rachael Forjan 4-12 0-0 9, Krissy Pennell 0-0 0-0 0, Nikki Thompson 2-5 0-0 6, Alyssa Aichele 1-2 6-8 8, Emily Martin 0-0 0-0 0, Emily Young 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 26-61 18-21 74.
Julia Antonelli 7-16 4-4 18, Chelsea Henderson 2-6 0-0 4, Ali Derr 1-4 3-4 5, Nicole Calella 0-9 1-2 1, Olivia Manges 5-11 0-1 12, Rachel Miller 2-3 0-0 4, Janelle Ziminski 0-4 0-0 0, Jenna Morgan 2-3 0-0 4, Tori Siebecker 0-2 0-0 0, Victoria Kowalski 2-6 0-0 6. Totals 21-64 8-11 54.
Halftime-E'Town, 37-24. 3-point goals-E'Town 4-13 (Thompson 2-5, Beittel 1-2); Lycoming 4-12 (Manges 2-4, Kowalski 2-4). Fouled out-none. Rebounds-E'Town 44 (Kreider 13); Lycoming 36 (Antonelli 10). Assists-E'Town 21 (Beittel 7); Lycoming 12 (Antonelli, Canella 3). Total fouls-E'Town 16; Lycoming 21. Technicals-none.
NEXT: Lycoming at Alvernia (Dec. 4 at 6)