Warrior women dominate Wildcats

MARK NANCE/Sun-Gazette Lycoming's Kayla Kline shoots over Penn College's Tori Wolfe in the first quarter Tuesday at Penn College.

Two brief scoring lulls was all it took for Lyco­ming’s women’s basketball team to pull away from Penn College.

The Wildcats started the game with eight possessions without scoring or resulting in a turnover. Then it was another eight possessions the same way after Gwen­dolyn Lavelle hit a 3 and from there, Penn College was easily in control.

Lycoming kept its foot on the gas and rolled to a convincing 88-35 rout at Lamade Gymnasium on Tuesday evening.

And a defensive practice on Monday helped Lyco­ming prepare for Penn College.

“We had a defensive practice and that’s all we did,” Lycoming coach Chris­ten Ditzler said. “Those aren’t the most fun, but on other hand seems to have helped.”

Penn College (1-3) strugg­led scoring, shooting just under 19 percent for the game (10 for 53) while Loyalsock grad Cassi Kuhns posted a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds.

The Warriors built a 10-0 lead to start the game before Penn College scored when Maddie Wenk hit a jumper to make it a 10-2 deficit. The Wildcats were held to just five first-quarter points as Lycoming held a 24-5 edge and never let Penn College seriously threaten the rest of the game.

“We weren’t pleased with how we played defense this weekend in the Muhlenberg tournament. In fact, we didn’t play defense, so that was focus of our practice yesterday in preparing for Penn College,” Ditzler said. “They’re a good shooting team. They catch fire and it’s lights out, especially from the three.”

The Warriors led by 30 midway through the second quarter and never let the Wildcats get back under a 30-point deficit.

Haley Sipple led Lycoming with a 15-point performance while Shelby Mueller had 13 and Kayla Klina scored 10.

“Nice to see them (Sipple and Mueller) step up and take control, both from a point perspective and also a defensive perspective,” Ditzler said.

Lycoming held a 50-12 advantage with points in the paint and 29-6 with points off turnovers.

Penn College (1-3)

Cassi Kuhns 4-10 3-8 11; Gwendolyn Lavelle 2-11 2-6 8; Jane Herman 2-10 4-4 8; Tori Wolfe 0-12 3-6 3; Ericka Lepley 1-6 0-0 2; Maddie Wenk 1-1 0-0 2; Aniah Ellerbee 0-1 1-2 1; Christine Limbert 0-2 0-2 0; Totals 10-53 13-28 35.

Lycoming (3-1)

Haley Sipple 5-7 3-3 15; Shelby Mueller 5-9 3-3 13; Kayla Kline 4-14 1-1 10; Hailey Fricke 3-4 0-0 7; Hailey Dayton 3-5 0-0 7; Megan Helminiak 2-2 0-0 6; Tori Talanca 2-3 1-2 5; Akilah McFadden 2-5 0-0 5; Courtney Treude 2-4 0-0 4; Jenn Grove 2-6 0-0 4; Morgan Mader 2-5 0-0 4; Erica Lutz 2-3 0-0 4; Shelby Schoonover 1-6 0-0 2; Becca Painter 1-3 0-0 2; Erin Briggs 0-1 0-0 0; Taylor Saunders 0-2 0-0 0; Totals 36-79 8-9 88.

Lycoming 24 23 17 24 88

Penn College 5 11 9 10 35

3 point goals — Penn College 2-19 (Lavelle 2-9; Herman 0-4; Wolfe 0-4; Lepley 0-2;), Lycoming 8-20 (Sipple 2-3; Helminiak 2-2; Kline 1-3; Fricke 1-1; Dayton 1-2; McFadden 1-2; Treude 0-2; Mader 0-2; Schoonover 0-2; Painter 0-1;). Fouled out – None. Rebounds — Penn College 42 (Kuhns 12), Lycoming 49 (Lutz 8). Assists — Penn College 4 (Ellerbee 2), Lycoming 20 (Dayton 5). Total fouls — Penn College 12, Lycoming 21. Technical fouls — None. A-267

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