Lycoming nearly rallied from a 12-point halftime deficit on Tuesday against King's, but the Monarchs withstood the Warriors' rally and held on for a 69-66 win on Dutch Burch Court.
The Warriors, who jumped out to a 5-0 lead before King's scored the final 30 of 43 first-half points, closed to two points with 1:35 remaining on a pair of Olivia Manges free throws. King's, though, kept its composure and held on for the three-point win.
Lycoming, which shot an abysmal 26 percent in the first half, improved to 50 percent in the second.
"Well too little, too late," Lycoming coach Christen Ditzler said of her team's comeback. "When you start out so poorly like we did that's a hard hole to climb out of against a quality ball team like King's."
Fouls were an issue for Lycoming as it got caught early in the penalty each half and King's ended up shooting 31 free throws. Lycoming ended the night with 27 fouls and key reserve Chelsea Henderson fouled out with 6:03 remaining.
"Foul trouble hurt us, our guard play hurt us and it was too much to come out of," Ditzler added.
Lycoming struggled from the 3-point line as it only made one three and shot 11 percent from deep. The Warriors also struggled from the free throw line, making only 65 percent of their 25 attempts. But Manges (13 points) went 4-4 in the final 2:44 to keep Lycoming within striking distance.
Lycoming was paced by junior Ali Derr who recorded her first double-double of the year (13 points and 11 rebounds), and senior Julia Antonelli (12 points, five rebounds). Antonelli stepped up in the second half as she scored nine points.
But the best player for the Warriors was freshman point guard Nicole Calella. Calella was great throughout and made big passes and clutch shots. She was also the leader on the court, calling out plays and yelling out commands.
"Well I basically been using the captains here as our leaders and I've been looking up to them and they've been helping a lot, especially the upperclassmen and the entire team has been very supportive," Calella said. "I don't really look at my own performance, I just try to make plays for my teammates and I feel like they were getting a lot of shots. I mean in the second half we scored 48 points, so that's just a matter of teamwork not really individual."
Calella scored a team-high 14 points and dished out a game-high six assists, with just two turnovers. She also made 5 of 8 shots, including the team's lone 3-pointer.
Lycoming received some key minutes from reserve players such as sophomore's Henderson and Tori Siebecker. Henderson (four points, three rebounds), was key in the second half comeback as she played strong defense and made two crucial buckets. Siebecker (two points, four offensive rebounds), was strong on the offensive glass and hustled for loose balls.
King's was led by junior Marissa Manning who scored a game-high 20 points and hit a jumper with 55 seconds left to extend the Monarchs' lead to 64-60.
Jennifer Fabian 5-8 1-2 11, Kayla Feairheller 2-6 3-4 7, Marissa Manning 5-17 9-15 20, Kasey Seitz 1-6 2-3 5, Ashley Davies 3-6 0-0 7, Katie Dugan 0-3 0-0 0, Shanley Harlacker 1-1 2-2 4, Jessica McHugh 1-7 0-0 3, Shae Grim 2-3 4-5 8, Sara Krupinski 1-3 0-0 2, Tara Zdancewicz 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 22-62 21-31 69.
Julia Antonelli 5-102-3 12, Ali Derr 6-13 1-2 13, Nicole Calella 5-8 3-6 14, Janelle Ziminski 1-6 0-0 2, Olivia Manges 3-9 7-9 13, Chelsea Henderson 2-3 0-0 4, Rachel Miller 1-3 0-0 2, Jenna Morgan 1-1 2-3 4, Victoria Siebecker 1-5 0-0 2, Victoria Kowalski 0-5 0-0 0. Totals 25-63 15-23 66.
Halftime- King's 30-18. 3-point goals- King's 4-17 (Davies 1-1, Seitz 1-2); Lycoming 1-9 (Calella 1-1). Fouled out- Henderson. Rebounds- King's 43 (Davies 8); Lycoming 43 (Derr 11). Assists- King's 13 (Seitz 4) Lycoming 16 (Calella 6). Total fouls- King's 20; Lycoming 27. Technicals- none.
Next game: Elizabethtown at Lycoming (Tue. 6)