Bald Eagles grind out win over ESU

LOCK HAVEN — What a difference five weeks and 120-plus miles can make.

Earlier in the season, the East Stroudsburg women’s basketball team defeated Lock Haven by 21 points. However, Wednesday night at Thomas Fieldhouse, the Bald Eagles turned the tables on the Warriors, winning 58-55.

“They really grinded it out at the end,” LHU coach Jennifer Smith said. “They got some big stops when it counted and it definitely wasn’t pretty. We made some mistakes, but at this point of the season, it is all about winning.”

With the win, Smith now shows 100 career wins at Lock Haven, a milestone many people can only think about.

“It definitely means something to me,” said Smith. “It is always nice to pick up those milestones because it reminds me of all the great players who have come through the program and the relationships I have developed with them. Now that we have done this, I just want to keep it going here at Lock Haven.”

Hanging around in a race-horse first period, the Eagles took a 12-10 lead on a 3-pointer in the corner by Rileigh Devine. LHU extended its lead to 17-10 on a putback by Ahnera Parker and another trey by Devine before ESU put together a 6-0 run to cut its deficit to a single point.

Feeling the pressure, Lock Haven tallied a half-dozen of their own to go up 23-16 with 3:40 left in the first half before taking a 30-23 lead to the locker room at the break.

LHU controlled the boards by a 24-16 margin in the first half, allowing the Warriors just one offensive rebound.

“We didn’t shoot the ball very well in the first half or our 6-8 point lead could have easily been 12 or 15,” said Smith. “We don’t always play the smartest basketball at times, but we still have a young team and they are learning. I do a lot of holding my breath while hoping for the best, but again, they are learning and growing and that is what counts.”

Not to let things get out of hand, East Stroudsburg came out of halftime with renewed energy as they ripped off an 8-0 run to go back on top at 31-30. A Devine free throw tied the game at 31-all before ESU took a 43-42 lead at the turn for home.

Trailing by the single point, Lock Haven hung tough down the stretch, outscoring ESU by a 16-12 margin for the win.

Parker led the Bald Eagles with 14 points. Rileigh Devine joined Parker with an even dozen. With her third of three treys, Devine tied the LHU school record in 3-pointers made. For ESU, Tiffany Lapotsky led all scorers with 18 points.

Lock Haven 58,

East Stroudsburg 55

ESU (9-14, 6-10 PSAC)

Tiffany Lapotsky 7-18 4-8 18, Jordan Hertz 4-7 0-1 9, Abby Schoffstall 3-7 2-2 8, Kaitlyn Swint 3-7 0-2 6, Dominique Rayam 2-8 0-0 5, Noelle Powell 1-3 2-2 5, Marlene Bassett 1-7 0-0 2, Julia Kutz 1-2 0-0 2, Maggie Wigoda 0-1 0-0 0, Amanda Pike 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 22-63 4-7 55.

LHU (12-11, 7-9 PSAC)

Ahnera Parker 6-13 2-2 14, Taylor Leidy 3-7 2-2 9, Bink Redman 3-10 0-2 6, Nadia Romanchock 1-3 0-0 3, A. McGill-Jefferson 1-6 1-2 3, Rileigh Devine 4-12 1-3 12, Tiana Garvin 3-4 0-0 6, Kendra Stanford 0-3 3-4 3, J. Shelton-Burleigh 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 22-61 9-15 58.

East Stroudsburg 10 13 20 12 — 55

Lock Haven 12 18 12 16 — 58

3-point goals: ESU 7-19 (Lapotsky 4-8, Hertz 1-2, Schoffstall 0-2, Rayam 1-2, Powell 1-2, Kutz 0-1, Pike 0-2); LHU 5-12 (Parker 0-1, Leidy 1-1, Redman 1-1, Romanchock 1-2, Devine 3-6, Shelton-Burleigh 0-1). Fouled out: ESU-none. LHU-none. Rebounds: ESU 37 (Hertz 8); LHU 47 (McGill-Jefferson 9). Assists: ESU 12 (Hertz 4); LHU 10 (Redman 6). Total fouls: ESU 16, LHU 10. A: 187.


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