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Warriors struggle at home early in rout vs. Messiah

It was no small match for Lycoming going against the defending conference champs in Messiah on Wednesday night at Lamade Gym.

A rematch of last years MAC Commonwealth championship gained a lot of hype going into the game and many people were eager to see Round 2. But it did not start out well for the Warriors as Messiah started out on a 9-2 run to start the game and built up an impressive lead en route to a convincing 80-50 victory.

Messiah’s Leah Springer was all over the boards and had 13, and Warrior Run grad Megan Zimmerman finished the game with eight points and four rebounds.

As for Lycoming, it had to play most of the first quarter without starting guard Kelly Vuz, who picked up two quick fouls. That led to freshman Emily Zoscin getting called upon early. Lycoming saw itself facing a 24-10 deficit early and was hoping to turn it around in the second quarter. That however was not the case.

Messiah started the half out on a 14-2 run which made it 38-12. Lycoming had trouble moving the ball up the court as Messiah was getting easy steals and fastbreak layups anytime it wanted.

The Warriors would get a couple buckets before the half ended, but faced a 48-21 hole at halftime. Springer had a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds for Messiah at the half. However, Lycoming came out of the gates firing in the second half and started on a 7-0 run and forced Messiah to call a timeout.

A Morgan Mader 3-pointer, followed by an Erica Lutz putback, fueled the run and gave Lyco momentum for the first time in the game. Moments later senior Akilah McFadden, a Lewisburg grad, hit a 3. Messiah though went right back down the court and answered with a 3 of their own from Jayneisha Davis.

Lycoming had a great third quarter where it shot 50% from the field and made both of its 3-point attempts and still tied Messiah 14-all in the quarter. Lycoming fought hard until the end and got some quality minutes from reserves like Alex Jones, Kenzie Reed and Megan Helminiak.

Lutz had herself quite the night as she finished the game with 19 points 11 rebounds and two blocked shots. Lutz was very active on the glass and was always moving on offense and was setting herself up for quality shots.

Lycoming struggled offensively for almost all of the game, but got to see many players preform against elite competition and can learn from it.

In the second half the Warriors were only outscored by three (32-29), which shows they can hang with top teams.

On paper, this game was rough for Lycoming but it will only help the Warriors in the long run as Messiah is ranked No. 11 in the nation and proved why Wednesday night.

Muncy graduate Sasha McMonigle played for Messiah and was very productive in her minutes getting three assists and a rebound in only five minutes.

Messiah 80, Lycoming 50

MESSIAH (8-1, 2-0 MAC Comm.)

Leah Springer 8-11 7-7 23; Jayneisha Davis 5-19 2-3 13; Megan Zimmerman 3-6 2-2 8; Eleana Eckley 3-7 0-0 7; Gracie Cryan 3-5 0-0 7; Sidney Stutzman 3-8 0-0 8; Jen Holland 1-3 2-2 4; Amber High 2-5 0-0 4; Brooke Breinich 1-5 0-0 2; Bre Swann 1-1 0-0 2; Logan Plosker 1-1 0-0 2; Madison Eich 0-3 0-0 0; Sasha McMonigle 0-1 0-0 0.

LYCOMING (6-3, 2-1 MAC Comm.)

Erica Lutz 8-12 3-4 19; Morgan Mader 3-7 0-0 7; Akilah McFadden 2-8 0-0 5; Kayla Kline 1-5 0-2 2; Kelly Vuz 1-5 0-0 2; Emily Zoscin 0-3 4-6 4; Alex Jones 1-2 2-2 4; Kenzie Reed 1-2 1-1 3; Megan Helminiak 1-3 0-0 2; Courtney Treude 0-0 2-2 2; Sydney Purcell 0-1 0-0 0; Allison Wagner 0-1 0-0 0; Ryanna Lamoreaux 0-0 0-0 0; Tess Arnold 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-49 12-17 50.

Messiah 24 24 14 18 — 80

Lycoming 10 11 14 15 — 50

3-point goals: Messiah 5-25 (Stutzman 2-6; Cryan 1-2; Eckley 1-3; Davis 1-7; Springer 0-1; Breinich 0-1; McMonigle 0-1; Eich 0-2; Holland 0-2), Lycoming 2-7 (Mader 1-3; McFadden 1-1; Vuz 0-1; Zoscin 0-1; Helminiak 0-1). Fouled out: Messiah-Swann; Lycoming-none. Rebounds: Messiah 41 (Springer 13), Lycoming 32 (Lutz 11). Assists: Messiah 16 (Swann 5), Lycoming 10 (McFadden 3). Total fouls: Messiah 16, Lycoming 15. Technical fouls: Messiah-none; Lycoming-none. A: 207.

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