Black Knights Hold On To Beat Rivals
DALLAS — On two occasions Friday night, Lake-Lehman could have let the game slip away.
When the Black Knights trailed by six points in the third quarter and again when it was tied in the fourth, rival Dallas had all the momentum at its home gym.
“There was a little bit of panic,” said Lehman senior Savannah Purdy, “but I knew that we couldn’t hit the panic button and we couldn’t let it get to us. We just had to work through it.”
Lake-Lehman absorbed Dallas’ best rallies and countered with even longer, more dominant runs in a 53-41 Lehman win in Wyoming Valley Conference girls basketball.
“I was proud of my kids for getting their game together, coming back, and getting the win,” said Lehman head coach Charlie Lavan. “Because for a while there, we were playing bad enough to lose and they were playing good enough to win.”
Lake-Lehman looked the part of the superior team early, leading 16-6 late in the first quarter before Dallas’ Deanna Wallace drained a buzzer-beating jumper.
Dallas made it interesting in the second quarter, though, by which point seven Mountaineers had made a field goal and tightened Lehman’s lead to 22-20.
Dallas’ rally continued into the third quarter, when Lauren Charlton’s corner 3 gave the Mountaineers a 23-22 lead.
After a Purdy layup returned the lead to Lake-Lehman, 24-23, Dallas scored the next seven points on a Morgan MacNeely 3 and jump shots by Samantha Kern and Haley Habrack.
“We were down, we weren’t playing well,” Lavan said. “And then all of a sudden, we started to use some back-door cuts, we started to play smarter basketball, hustle, and it got us a win.”
Trailing 30-24, Lehman ramped up the defensive pressure and also used an unstoppable transition offense to score 11 unanswered points, which made it 35-30 Lehman at the end of three.
Lake-Lehman center Madison Borum played terrific inside, scoring 10 points with 12 rebounds.
Claire Dougherty added 12 points, Corinna Scoblick and Purdy had 10 points each, and Sarah Salus notched nine points, as the Black Knights’ (7-2, 4-0 WVC) starters scored 51 of their 53 points.
“I start the offense and everyone just kind of goes with it,” said Scoblick, a senior point guard. “We work good together as a team, so it all comes together. We’ve been playing together for a long time now — since sixth grade.”
Dallas fought back to tie the game, 37-37, early in the fourth, but Borum hit a three-point play to make it 40-37. Salus hit a 3 moments later, making it 43-37.
Purdy then hit back-to-back layups, the second of which happened with only 1:50 to play, as Lehman’s 47-37 lead was never threatened.
“We just got momentum and we went on a run,” Salus said. “It was easy for us once we started to get the momentum.”
Another factor in the game was Lake-Lehman’s active hands on defense, which resulted in nine steals, including four by Scoblick and three by Purdy.
Despite going up against Borum in the paint, Dallas rebounded well with Charlton and Kern recording a team-high six rebounds each. Charlton had a team-high nine points.
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