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WVHS Girls' Basketball: Cold Shooting Dooms Lady Rams in Playoff Loss

Central Columbia put together two second-half runs en route to a 54-39 win over Wyalusing Valley in a District Four, Class AA girls' pigtail game at Montoursville on Feb. 23.

The Lady Rams, who struggled from the field throughout the contest, finished the year with an 11-12 record. Wyalusing made just 15 shots from the floor in 56 attempts, only a 27 percent success rate.

Central Columbia was in control of the game from the start, forging a 16-6 lead through the first quarter, paced by Shannon Phillips and Olivia Grazio with four points each.

It was the first of four runs by the Lady Jays during the game, but Wyalusing, despite its offensive woes, battled back into contention after each run until an 11-2 skein in the fourth quarter finally proved fatal.

In the fourth quarter, after Gabby Edsell and Laci Holdren combined for all the points in an 8-0 run to pull Wyalusing to within seven, 41-34, with 5:05 to play, Central Columbia exploded.

Amanda Murtin and Alyssa DeWalt each had four points in Central Columbia's victory-sealing run.

In the second quarter, Wyalusing closed to within one point, 18-17, with an 11-2 run of their own, sparked by treys from Abby Fogel and Lindsay Schulze.

Central Columbia had consistently beaten Wyalusing's man-to-man defense in the first quarter. Lady Ram coach Jon Schulze switched to a zone defense to open the second quarter, which slowed down the Lady Jays, who were getting easy baskets cutting through the lane.

The Lady Jays closed out the half with a five-point run for a 23-17 lead.

The two teams swapped scores in the opening minutes of the third quarter. Leading 25-21 with 4:57 left in the stanza, Central Columbia went on a 12-3 run.

Down 41-28 late in the third quarter, Wyalusing answered again with the run fueled by Edsell and Holdren.

DeWalt paced the Lady Jays with 17 points and eight rebounds. Phillips added 18 points.

Grazio also had eight caroms.

Edsell led Wyalusing with 11 points. Holdren chipped in nine. Schulze and Daly finished with eight and seven points, respectively.

Daly had 11 rebounds and three steals. Edsell and Holdren each had two thefts.

Wyalusing Valley's Gabby Edsell shoots despite the defense of Central Columbia's Brooke Clarke, left, during the 54-39 playoff loss at Montoursville on Feb. 23.

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