Lyco women earn home victory
Just 45 seconds out of the half, Arcadia’s Sydney Cyr tied the game up at 34. After trailing for the entire first two quarters, it was a possible momentum shift the Knights were hoping for.
But shortly after that game-tying shot, Lycoming’s offense sparked again as it had in the first quarter, and before Arcadia scored again, the Warriors had gone on a 12-0 run to take the lead and go ahead by double figures.
It was a huge run for Lycoming to get back in the drivers’ seat and from there, Lycoming never let Arcadia get the deficit down into single digits.
The Warriors outscored Arcadia in the second half by 15 and defeated the Knights, 66-49, for a Middle Atlantic Conference victory on Saturday afternoon at Lamade Gymnasium.
“We talked about it (at halftime). We knew it was a close game and we knew they wanted this win, so we kind of discussed that we wanted it more so we had to come out hard in the third quarter, bring intensity, go on a run and cut off their execution and shots, and that’s what we did,” Lycoming senior Shelby Mueller said.
It was a combination of a solid offense combined with great defensive pressure. While Lycoming (16-5, 10-3 MAC) went on that 12-0 run, the Warriors made shooting difficult for Arcadia (8-13, 3-9).
The Knights only scored one basket from the floor in the third quarter and were held to just five points as Lycoming kept increasing the lead.
The closest Arcadia got the deficit after the Warriors’ run was to 11 points three times in the final 11 minutes of the game.
“We knew we had to get back to that first quarter play and once we got going and once we started to execute offensively a little bit better, I thought we got better looks at the basket and we did a little bit better job defensively of limiting what they were doing,” Lycoming coach Christen Ditzler said. “I was also playing law of averages and outside shooting isn’t their strong point and I thought ‘OK, this can’t continue all game.'”
“We just wanted to keep pressure and force turnovers and defensive stops,” Lycoming’s Akilah McFadden said. “It kept pushing us.”
Lycoming scored 24 in that first quarter to take a six-point lead into the second, but Arcadia clawed back and trailed by just two points at halftime before Cyr’s game-tying shot to open the third.
McFadden — a Lewisburg grad — led the team with 19 points. Mueller added 16 and Morgan Mader contributed 14 as the trio proved to be tough to contain all game.
“I think we all like to hustle, we all look for each other and it’s good to feel that intensity and it sparks me to hustle more,” Mueller said, who was one rebound shy of a double-double.
“I think when we are sharing the ball, that’s when we’re at our best because we do have some weapons out there,” Ditzler said of the trio. “I thought first quarter Morgan was shooting 3s and we had some good looks at the basket and third and fourth we did as well I thought. Second quarter, their 3s kept them in the game and obviously we went a little cold there, so obviously we had to go back to good solid defense, rebounding and running a better offense.”
Lycoming led by as many as 12 points in the first half twice. Arcadia used the 3-point shot to help cut down the deficit, going on a 9-0 spurt midway through the second quarter to get the deficit down to three points before Taylor Dunn scored on a layup and made the ensuing free throw to make it a 34-32 deficit heading into the half.
Arcadia was led by Dunn, who had 19 points and Jamie Manzo came off the bench to score 10. Camille Menns led Arcadia with 11 rebounds.
The Warriors are currently third in the MAC Commonwealth standings, as Albright is first (12-1) and Messiah second (11-1) after both schools won on Saturday as well.
Arcadia (8-13, 3-9 MACC)
Taylor Dunn 5-11 6-7 19; Jamie Manzo 4-10 2-2 10; Sydney Cyr 3-10 1-2 7; Anna Spaschak 2-5 0-0 5; Renee Hersperger 1-2 0-0 3; Courtney Hoffman 1-2 0-0 3; Taylor Fritz 1-7 0-0 2; Haley Still 0-1 0-0 0; Camille Menns 0-4 0-0 0; Totals 17-52 9-11 49.
Lycoming (16-5, 10-3 MACC)
Akilah McFadden 6-13 5-6 19; Shelby Mueller 6-12 4-4 16; Morgan Mader 5-11 0-0 14; Erica Lutz 2-2 1-1 5; Hailey Fricke 2-5 0-0 4; Tori Talanca 1-2 0-0 2; Haley Sipple 0-2 2-2 2; Becca Painter 0-6 2-2 2; Taylor Saunders 1-2 0-0 2; Erin Briggs 0-1 0-0 0; Megan Helminiak 0-2 0-0 0; Totals 23-58 14-15 66.
Arcadia 18 14 5 12 — 49
Lycoming 24 10 16 16 — 66
3 point goals: Arcadia 6-15 (Dunn 3-6; Spaschak 1-4; Hersperger 1-2; Hoffman 1-1; Cyr 0-1; Still 0-1;), Lycoming 6-19 (Mader 4-8; McFadden 2-5; Sipple 0-1; Painter 0-4; Helminiak 0-1). Fouled out: -none. Rebounds: Arcadia 36 (Menns 11), Lycoming 30 (Mueller 9). Assists: Arcadia 13 (Cyr 4), Lycoming 15 (McFadden 5). Total fouls: Arcadia 18, Lycoming 16. Technical fouls: -none. A: 468.