Lyco wins 2 OT thriller at home
There were plenty of moments Wednesday night where Lycoming could have backed down and just handed the game over. Lebanon Valley went on a quick 7-0 run to start the first overtime and things were looking pretty bleak for the Warriors.
But the combination of Erica Lutz scoring inside, Akilah McFadden drilling a big-time 3-pointer and Emily Zoscin having ice in her veins to drain two clutch free throws to send the game into a second overtime proved Lycoming was not going down without a fight.
The Warriors won the game, 81-77, in double overtime as they improved to 4-3 in conference play. Kelly Vuz was also clutch at the free throw line as she hit two to extend the lead to 3 with seconds left as Lebanon Valley’s 3 fell short and McFadden hit a free throw to wrap the game up.
“They went on a 7-0 run to start overtime and we came back and we kept fighting and I’m not sure completely how we did it but we did it. We talked in the locker room about physical preparation and mental preparation and we have to have both in order to win these games. I thought we practiced really well on Monday and yesterday and it showed today in terms of our toughness and we kept battling and that’s the one thing with the team is that we are not going to go away easily,” Lycoming coach Christen Ditzler said.
Lycoming as a whole struggled from the free throw line during the game, but its mental toughness came through as players like Zoscin and Vuz hit clutch free throws in the end of overtime to secure the win.
“Had we not won, I would have looked back on free throws and said we shot under 50%, it’s very hard to win a game shooting like that. But we were fortunate to come out on the other side and free throws are really the difference,” said Ditzler.
Behind all of the clutch free throws that Lycoming was making, it was the inside presence of Lutz that kept the Warriors in the game. She posted monster numbers of 30 points and 12 rebounds. Lutz had nine points in the overtime periods. She scored five straight in the second overtime to put Lycoming ahead five.
“She was so freaking good and she is just not afraid to shoot the ball. She really did great and we were able to out-rebound them and she was a big part of that. We had trouble matching up with them and she was a big part of the reason we were able to figure it out,” said Ditzler.
Lebanon Valley 77 (2 OT)
LEBANON VALLEY (7-8, 2-4 MAC)
Emily Mealey 7-14 9-13 23; Jaime Youngkin 5-12 0-0 10; Kennedy Kuffa 3-11 3-4 9; Amber Kintzer 3-6 0-0 7; Sara White 0-2 0-0 0; Morgan Bamberger 4-17 5-6 15; Daelyn Stabler 4-12 5-8 13. Totals 26-74 22-31 77.
LYCOMING (11-5, 4-3 MAC)
Erica Lutz 14-18 2-4 30; Akilah McFadden 6-17 3-10 18; Sydney Purcell 5-6 0- 10; Morgan Mader 3-14 0-0 8; Kayla Kline 1-1 0-0 2; Kelly Vuz 2-8 3-4 7; Emily Zoscin 1-2 2-2 4; Kenzie Reed 1-3 0-0 2; Allison Wagner 0-1 0-0 0; Alex Jones 0-1 0-0 0; Ryanna Lamoreaux 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 33-73 10-22 81.
Lebanon Valley 14 14 10 19 12 8 — 77
Lycoming 20 12 16 9 12 12 — 81
3-point goals: Lebanon Valley 3-15 (Bamberger 2-10; Kintzer 1-1; Youngkin 0-1; Kuffa 0-2; Mealey 0-1), Lycoming 5-21 (McFadden 3-6; Mader 2-9; Vuz 0-4; Zoscin 0-1; Jones 0-1). Fouled out: Lebanon Valley-Kuffa, Lycoming-none. Rebounds: Lebanon Valley 44 (Mealey 14), Lycoming 51 (Lutz 12). Assists: Lebanon Valley 18 (Stabler 4; Bamberger 4; Mealey 4; Youngkin 4), Lycoming 19 (McFadden 4; Zoscin 4; Purcell 4). Total fouls: Lebanon Valley 21, Lycoming 22. Technical fouls: Lebanon Valley-none, Lycoming-none. A: 345.