Mon. Aug 8th, 2022

WEST CHESTER- The West Chester Lady Rams pushed their winning streak to five, as they beat Bloomsburg, Millersville and Kutztown; all in dramatic fashion to grab sole possession of second place in the PSAC East.Going into the week, West Chester was riding a two game winning streak and looked to Bloomsburg to extend it. Bloomsburg (5-15) did not play like their record indicated.

West Chester held a slight advantage early; they closed the half with a two point lead, 23-21. West Chester opened the second half hot, expanding the lead to seven with help of consecutive Katie Kline buckets. Bloomsburg eventually rallied back to take the lead by six. However, in the final five minutes, West Chester went on a 12-3 run highlighted by a Dominique Lewis three-point play with 27 seconds remaining. West Chester held on for the 59-56 victory Monday night.

Two days later, West Chester returned home to play rival Millersville in a battle for second play in the PSAC East. West Chester struggled early trailing by 12 in the first five minutes. West Chester eventually shattered the lead and took a one point advantage into the half.

In the second half, much of the same happened as West Chester found itself down again by as many as nine, but with the help of a 12-2 run, highlighted by three consecutive clutch Katie Kline jump shots. “I just got into the flow of the game,” Kline said. “I wanted to win.”

After Kline tied the game at 50, Dominique Lewis took over on offense and on defense. On the defense, Lewis had a key rejection on a streaking Millersville player going for an easy layup. “She got popped,” Coach Deirdre Kane said.

“I just started coming up the baseline and kind of timed it,” Lewis said. “I just got most of the ball.”

On offense, down by two with under a minute remaining, Lewis showed her offense prowess. After receiving a pass on the outside, she sprinted toward the basket and she converted the lay-up in traffic and finished the three point play. Millersville trailed by one with 23 seconds remaining.

Last year at West Chester, Millersville squeaked out a shocking win in the final seconds on an inbounds play. This year, after the inbounds pass finally reached Jenna Philo, she could not make the three-pointer to win the game.

“I totally changed my philosophy on the inbounds,” Coach Kane said after the game. “Can you play let the ball come in defense?” she joked to her players. “It worked.”

To round out the week, West Chester hoped to take an easier victory from the Kutztown University Golden Bears Saturday at home.

To start the game everything was falling as West Chester opened scoring on a 12-0 run preventing the Lady Bears from scoring for the first five minutes. West Chester could keep the momentum as the Lady bears went on a 25-8 run themselves taking the lead into the second half. In the second half, the Rams and Bears delivered punch and counterpunch amassing six lead changes and five ties.

Throughout the game, West Chester received contribution from all of it’s starters with four players scoring at least twelve points. Averaging less than ten points per game this season, Natalie Winters and Catherine Andrews contributed Saturday for 27 points combined. “

I’m pretty happy with my whole team.” Kane said. “Very happy.”

The lone starter who did not score twelve, Lindsay Weller, stole the show with two key steals to seal the victory 69-64.

“They kind of fell apart and I just picked it up and ran with it,” first year guard Lindsay Weller said. The Rams finished the week in second place in the PSAC East playoff race with a 5-1 record.

“There’s no quit in these girls,” Kane said. “You’ve been seeing that all year, they play real hard.”

COMING UP: The Lady Rams travel to Columbia Union for a Non-Conference game. On Saturday the Lady Rams return home for a first-place showdown with East Stroudsburg at 1 p.m in Hollinger Field House.

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