Cold second-half hurts Lycoming as DeSales women earn 69-46 victory

Entering Saturday afternoon’s game, Lycoming coach Christen Ditzler and the Warriors were expecting to see DeSales play a man-to-man defensive formation. It’s what the Bulldogs have been playing all season so far.

So when the Bulldogs switched to a zone defense, it caught Lycoming by surprise a little bit.

In the end, that switch by DeSales was a big difference maker as the Bulldogs left Lamade Gymnasium with their undefeated league record still intact with a 69-46 win over Lycoming.

“I thought that them going zone really hurt us. We did not prepare for zone at all, because they’re not a zone team. They’re a man-to-man team,” Ditzler said. “And when they went zone, that took us out of our game plan a little bit. We adjusted well in the first half, but we just couldn’t get them to go in during the second.”

The Warriors fall to 4-11 overall and 3-3 in the MAC Freedom with the loss while DeSales improved to 9-3 and 6-0 in the league.

The Warriors offense went cold in the second half, though, as DeSales outscored Lycoming 41-19 over the final two quarters after the two were neck-and-neck through the first half. The Bulldogs held a narrow 28-27 lead at halftime.

“I don’t think there was any difference (between halves). If you look at the numbers, we took the same amount of shots from the field, from the 3, and from the free-throw line,” Ditzler said. “They made them and we didn’t. We really went old in the second half.”

DeSales had five players reach double figures in Averi Jordan (15 points), Megan Bealer (14), Mikaela Reese (11),Lindsey Welsh (11) and Amelia Sanuders (10). Bealer and Reese both recorded double-doubles as well with 16 and 11 rebounds, respectively.

While DeSales pulled away slowly throughout the second half — thanks in large part to Lycoming going nearly 10 minutes between field goals between the end of the second and third quarters — the Warriors played solid throughout the first two quarters in making DeSales work for every point.

“Honestly I thought the first half we played the best 20 minutes of basketball we played all year. That’s an experienced, great team and we were right there with them,” Ditzler said. “When shots don’t fall (it’s tough). They made shots and we didn’t.”

“To limit them to what we did, we made them work for every single shot,” Ditzler added. “That was our game plan all along. I’m not saying we didn’t do that in the second half, but it’s much easier when shots get in to get back and play man-to-man D.”

The Warriors had one player in double figures in Allison Butler, who scored 11 points and grabbed six rebounds. Emily Zoscin scored nine and Wellsboro graduate Cathryn Brought scored eight for Lycoming. Meghan Dufner, Mya Wetzel and Diana Rantz all grabbed six rebounds as well.

“From guard play, especially against a zone, you need that production. If we made some more of those shots, we’re going to be OK and in good shape,” Ditzler said. “As a young, young team, they’re getting an awful lot of experience.”

The Warriors knew that Saturday’s game was going to be extremely tough against the league-leading Bulldogs, especially from a defensive perspective.

“I expected full court man-to-man pressure, in-your-face defense, over play aggressive man-to-man, which is what they played all year,” Ditzler said. “We didn’t allow them to do that. I felt we handled the pressure right away and did a great job against our man defense. We got to the foul line and they went zone, and that kind of put the brakes on us.”

Lycoming built up a three-point lead twice in the second quarter and took its first lead of the game when Brought drained a big 3-pointer with 1:04 to play in the first quarter, 13-12. DeSales and Lycoming exchanged leads a handfulof times in the second half. It was Bealer who came up with a big trey at the buzzer to give DeSales the 28-27 lead at halftime.

In the third quarter, Reese, Welsh and Jordan helped DeSales slowly build its lead up. The Bulldogs went ahead by 10 when Welsh hit a 3-pointer with 6:43 to play, 37-27.

Lycoming only made one basket from the field in the third quarter — a trey by Mia Rudalavage with 29 seconds left, which cut the deficit down to 10, 47-37. However that was the closest Lycoming came to getting the deficit into single digits. The Warriors did go 7 of 8 from the line in the third, however, to stay within striking distance of DeSales.

The Bulldogs built up its double-digit lead throughout the fourth quarter, leading by as many as 23 points and went ahead by 20 with 3:10 to play.

DeSales 69, Lycoming 46


Avery Jordan 5-12 5-6 15; Mikaela Reese 2-11 7-8 11; Megan Bealer 5-13 2-5 14; Maria Newsome 2-5 0-0 4; Lindsey Welsh 5-9 0-2 11; Bianca Coltenback 0-2 0-0 0; Amelia Saunders 3-6 2-2 10; Grace Kelleher 0-1 0-0 0; Kate Early 2-4 0-0 4; Kelsey Gemmill 0-0 0-0 0; Kailyn Hansen 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-63 16-23 69.


Kenzie Reed 0-4 0-0 0; Emily Zoscin 4-9 0-0 9; Cathryn Brought 2-7 2-2 8; Allison BUtler 2-10 7-10 11; Meghan Dufner 1-9 3-6 5; Mya Wetzel 1-6 0-0 3; Mia Rudalavage 1-4 2-2 5; Jessica Shaver 0-5 0-0 0; Diana Rantz 1-6 0-0 2; Colby White 0-0 0-0 0; Francine Bacon 1-3 1-2 3. Totals 13-63 15-22 46.

DeSales 12 16 21 20 — 69

Lycoming 13 14 10 9 — 46

3-point goals: DeSales 5-21 (Bealer 2-5, Saunders 2-3, Welsh 1-5, Reese 0-3, Jordan 0-3), Lycoming 5-24 (Brought 2-5, Rudalavage 1-2, Wetzel 1-5, Zoscin 1-4, Butler 0-1, Rantz 0-3, Dufner 0-4). Fouled out: DeSales-none; Lycoming-none. Rebounds: DeSales 50 (Bealer 16, Reese 11), Lycoming 44 (Butler 6, Dufner 6, Wetzel 6, Rantz 6). Assists: DeSales 12 (Bealer 4), Lycoming 7 (Wetzel 3). Technical fouls: DeSales-none; Lycoming-none. Total fouls: DeSales 17, Lycoming 17.


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