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Class 4A Championship Lake-Lehman Girls 1 Shot Short

March 1, 2019
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Class 4A Championship Lake-Lehman Girls 1 Shot Short

WILKES-BARRE — From Charlie Lavan’s view in front of the Lake-Lehman bench, the shot looked like it had a chance. On the other side of the scorers’ table, Scranton Prep’s Bob Beviglia was thinking the same thing. Lake-Lehman’s Corinna Scoblick launched an off-balance 3-point attempt as time on the fourth quarter clock was winding down. The best it could have done is tie the game and give the Black Knights another chance in overtime. But it wasn’t meant to be. The shot was on the mark, only drawing the back of the iron, bouncing away. The end result was a 46-43 victory for Scranton Prep in the District 2 Class 4A championship game, Thursday night at Mohegan Sun Arena. The win improved the Classics to 24-1 as they head to the state tournament as District 2’s top seed. Lake-Lehman dropped to 19-6 and will also move on to the state playoffs. Lake-Lehman will play either Shamokin or Jersey Shore next week at a site and time to be announced. “It stings a lot,” Lavan said. “At the end we got a decent enough look, it looked like it might go in. The bottom line is with (Scranton Prep) there is no margin for error defensively. They make you pay every time you make a mistake.” The Black Knights battled back all night long. They used an 11-2 run to close the second quarter to take a quick lead. Elisa Penetar’s basket just before the buzzer that allowed Scranton Prep to tie the game at 20. “Every time they came at us, we answered,” Beviglia said. “Everybody talks about the rims and the backdrop here. You would never know that today. Good offensive players are going to make shots no matter where you are playing.” That was the case early after Prep made three 3-pointers in the first quarter, and Savannah Purdy made three in the second quarter to key Lake-Lehman’s run. “They had a lot of success early shooting the ball,” Lavan said of the Classics. We had to battle back. We got down again and we battled back. I am extremely proud of the kids.” Once Lake-Lehman started hitting its shots from the perimeter, Scranton Prep had to adjust its defense. Rather than playing a double-team on the Black Knights’ center Madison Borum, the Classics had to go out and challenge the Lake-Lehman shooters. That made it easier for Borum to get the ball. Borum scored six points in the third quarter, but the Black Knights still found themselves trailing by three going into the fourth. “We tried to sag off and it worked early,” Beviglia said of the plan of guarding Borum. “Purdy made some shots and then Scoblick made some. Then we had to come after them. That made it easier to get the ball to Borum.” Scranton Prep opened up a seven-point lead with 4:16 left in the game, but the Black Knights had one last surge. Borum scored five consecutive points to bring Lehman within one point. Borum then got the ball at the high post and found Sarah Salus wide open on the low block on the opposite side. When Salus scored, the Black Knights held a 43-42 lead. On the ensuing possession, Rachel Rose made two free throws, and Cecelia Collins added two more with eight seconds left. But after Collins made her two free throws, things got interesting. Rather than just being able to run an offensive set, the Black Knights had to navigate their way through some intentional fouls. Scranton Prep had four fouls to give over the final 25 seconds and it used them wisely. “We were trying to (foul) every two dribbles,” Beviglia said. “I thought we did a good job.” That was until Scoblick’s last-ditch effort to send the game to overtime. “It looked good from where I was,” Beviglia said. “We tried to put them in a situation where that was the only type of shot they would have. We were fortunate enough to make free throws down the stretch.” The game was quite different from the first meeting between the two teams in December when Scranton Prep won easily. “It’s a disappointment, but I am not disappointed in the kids,” Lavan said. “I’m very proud of the way they played and the way they fought back. A game like this is only going to help us going into the state playoffs.” Contact the writer: sbennett@citizensvoice.com; 570 821-2062; @CVSteveBennett