LHS girls top DHS, fall to N. Schuylkill
Liberty’s girls’ basketball team closed out its season on Feb. 4 at home with a 66-40 loss to North Schuylkill but won its last conference game against Dieruff, 61-34, on Jan. 3 at Dieruff.
“We played a very, very good game yesterday against Dieruff,” said Liberty coach Andy Wescoe. “Tonight, [North Schuylkill’s] pressure is a little different, but you know, our kids compete. We don’t give up.
“I felt we got a little passive against their pressure and once you do that, their confidence, their energy picked up, and we just couldn’t find a way to get the momentum back in our favor.”
The Hurricanes scored six straight points to open the game, but were held to seven in the first quarter, while the Spartans scored 17.
“We tried our hardest. It was a tough loss,” said Liberty guard Kat Wescoe. “At Dieruff, we played hard defense and kept them off the boards.”
Hurricane scoring in the Dieruff victory was led by Layla Orth with 22 points, followed by Jessica Farrell with 11, and Erin Eisenhart who had 10. Wescoe scored five points, Julie Curti and Morgan Bokan scored four, Zoe Reifinger had three points, and Dom Althouse had two.
“It was our last league game and we all contributed,” said Curti.
Orth also led the Hurricane scoring against North Schuylkill with 14 points, but the Spartans’ full court press was the biggest challenge of the game for Liberty.
“That’s a very, very good team that we played today. They play an aggressive two-three zone,” said coach Wescoe.
“It’s imperative that you have good player movement as well as ball movement because they’re going to cheat and anticipate the next pass. We didn’t do that very well, and they had a lot to do with that.”
Eisenhart, who had the first points for the Hurricanes, was held to two points all game, and Farrell had six points which came in the first and the fourth quarters.
“We had to move the ball a lot offensively because we weren’t going to be able to get easy shots,” said Curti.
North Schuylkill’s Maddy Wetzel and Kamryn Mengel were the Spartans’ biggest offensive threats, scoring 13 and 15 points, respectively.
The Lady Hurricanes are graduating five seniors: Althouse, Bokan, Curti, Reifinger, and Wescoe. Their season record is 7-15.
“All four years, we barely won, and one year we didn’t win at all so I think putting together seven wins is pretty good,” Kat Wescoe said.