Lycoming women fall to nationally-ranked Lebanon Valley

With its leading scorer and rebounder sidelined, Lycoming came out flat Wednesday night and fell to No. 18 Lebanon Valley, 68-44, at Lamade Gym.

Julia Antonelli was unavailable for the Warriors due to strep throat and her absence was felt in the paint. The Flying Dutchmen pounded the ball inside and scored 36 points in the lane with a dominant front line of forward Caitlin Bach and center Renee Frtiz.

“It really hurt us, but it was the right decision for us to keep her out of the game,” said Lycoming coach Christen Ditzler. “We have to look ahead to some other games and I wrote on the board “rebounds” and that’s where they really hurt us – on the rebounding side – and they capitalized on that.”

Lebanon Valley (12-2, 6-1 Commonwealth Conference) outrebounded the Warriors (2-11, 2-5) 68-39, including 34-16 in a fatal first half.

And without Antonelli’s presence in the paint, Bach and Fritz controlled the glass for the majority of the game, combining for 27 rebounds, 11 off the offensive glass.

Bach, who went for 19 points and 17 rebounds, had a double-double by halftime and preyed on a team going through some growing pains with two freshmen and three sophomores in the starting lineup. The 6-foot junior regularly got deep position in the post against smaller defenders and took high-quality shots, shooting 8 of 15 from the floor.

“I think it hurt us, but I don’t necessarily look at my lineup and see freshmen and sophomores. I see players rather than class,” Ditzler said. “We are into the second half of the season so I don’t use class year as an excuse. But you grow up real quick in this league after the first couple games and you have to realize you have to come to play.”

Down by 31 at halftime, the Warriors came out in the second half and played with intensity and a sense of urgency. Rachel Scheller and Janelle Ziminski made hustle plays, diving for loose balls, and Kat Andriani made her presence felt in the post, grabbing 11 rebounds in the game against Lebanon Valley’s excellent front line.

Lycoming, despite shooting just 16 of 60 from the floor, took better shots in the second half thanks to better movement and screening on the perimeter and made a better attempt at getting into the paint and drawing contact at the rim.

And even though the Warriors extended their losing streak to six games, the second-half effort was promising.

“I think they came in and decided to put an end to this,” Ditzler said. “We did go zone and slowed the game down a bit, so that helped us as well, but they were resilient and they battled back. They did much better in the second half and hopefully we can carry the second half of this game into Saturday’s game against Stevenson.”


Caitlin Bach 8-15 1-3 17; Tierney Hiltz 3-14 6-7 13; Renee Fritz 5-10 2-3 12; Kiely Chaklos 6-10 0-0 12; Liz Borgia 2-5 1-1 5; Peyton Carper 1-1 0-0 3; Kerri Stolle 1-3 0-0 2; Amanda Donia 1-2 0-0 2; Taylor Umbrell 0-6 2-2 2; Rachel Armor 0-0 0-2 0; Gia Russo 0-1 0-0 0; Alyssa Cirucci 0-2 0-0 0; Sarah Colton 0-1 0-0 0; Lauren Ruhl 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 27-72 12-18 68.

LYCOMING (2-11, 2-5 CC)

Ali Derr 4-9 0-0 8; Olivia Manges 3-11 1-2 7; Leeann Randall 2-3 1-1 6; Rachael Scheller 2-7 0-0 4; Taylor Ford 1-9 2-2 4; Janelle Ziminski 2-5 0-0 4; Shannon Wheeler 0-6 4-6 4; Shanley Harlacker 1-4 0-0 3; Kat Andriani 1-4 0-0 2; Chelsea Henderson 0-2 2-6 2. Totals 16-60 10-17 44.

Halftime – Lebanon Valley 42-11. 3-point goals–Lebanon Valley 2-12 (Carper 1-1; Hiltz 1-3; Stolle 0-1; Umbrell 0-4; Ruhl 0-2; Bach 0-1), Lycoming 2-24 (Harlacker 1-4; Randall 1-2; Scheller 0-4; Ford 0-5; Ziminski 0-2; Wheeler 0-1; Manges 0-6). Fouled out– None. Rebounds–Lebanon Valley 57 (Bach 19), Lycoming 39 (Kat Andriani 11). Assists– Lebanon Valley 17 (Tierney Hiltz 3; Renee Fritz 3), Lycoming 9 (Scheller 4). Total fouls–Lebanon Valley 16, Lycoming 20. Technical fouls– None. A-325