HAZLETON - Northern Lehigh head coach Dave Oertner's scouting report on Mid Valley said that the Lady Spartans weren't overall good shooters from three-point range.
Danielle Terranella, one of the team's two 1,000-point scorers who finished with a game high 23 points, erased that theory, however. She drilled her third of the game with 1:04 left on the clock to break a tie and start a five-point run that led to a 46-41 win to end the Lady Bulldogs season at Hazleton High School on Tuesday.
Mid Valley goes on to play District 3 champion and undefeated York Catholic (30-0) in Friday's quarterfinal round.
It was actually a long offensive rebound that set up Terranella's long bomb from the top of the key. Northern Lehigh repeatedly stopped the Lady Spartans (24-4) time and time again as they drove to the hoop, but Sam DeMarco came up with the offensive board and reset the offense as head coach Bob Doughton called out a play from the sidelines.Terranella got loose through a double screen and she drained the shot that gave Mid Valley a 44-41 lead.
The Lady Bulldogs, who were 1-for-10 from three-point range missed one from beyond the arc and Alyssa Miraglia made a pair of free throws with 28 seconds left for the five-point cushion and the win.
"We didn't shoot the ball well at all again tonight and I was really proud of our girls for hanging in there," said Northern Lehigh head coach Dave Oertner. "I even said to them at the one timeout we're not making anything and we're only down four points.
"We just didn't have a good night shooting and I thought they had a great night shooting. They were a much better shooting team than I expected them to be. We've struggled the last six to eight games offensively and it's tough when you get into those situations."
The Lady Bulldogs (23-5) finished the contest making 18 of 44 shots from the floor and were just 4-for-9 from the free throw line. The Lady Spartans, on the other hand were 15-for-45, but sank 11 of 15 free throws thanks to a 6-for-6 night from Terranella.
Mid Valley, a much smaller team than Northern Lehigh, also held a 28-24 edge on the boards, thanks to numerous offensive rebounds.
Northern Lehigh jumped out to a 15-11 lead in the first quarter, only to see the Lady Spartans score the final four points of the stanza that started what would be a 12-0 run.
Terranella played a big part in the run as she scored nine of her team's 11 points in the second quarter.
With 1:58 left in the half, Mid Valley widened its lead to 27-17, but Aimee Oertner scored off an offensive rebound and Lauren Oertner scored from underneath to pull Northern Lehigh within six at the half.
The Lady Bulldogs pulled within two a couple of times in the third quarter, but found themselves trailing 36-28 with 1:14 left on the clock.
A bucket by Kristi Seiler from the side and a shot by Aimee Oertner from inside the lane with 0.6 seconds left cut it to 36-32.
Northern Lehigh finally regained the lead when Lauren Oertner hit a jumper and Tina Bastardi scored on a layup with 3:55 left in the game, but Terranella made a pair of free throws with 2:40 remaining to give the Lady Spartans the lead back before it was knotted up for the final two minutes.
"Aimee took that one shot with about three minutes to go," said the Bulldogs head coach. "I thought she might have been fouled. If she makes that shot or they call the foul we have a three-point lead and it's a different game, but it just wasn't our night tonight."
Aimee Oertner and Josephson finished in doubles with 13 and 11 respectively for Northern Lehigh.
"I'm proud of our kids, they worked hard," Dave Oertner added. "They might not have won a championship, but they're champions in my book."
Terranella 7-6-6-23, DeMarco 3-0-0-8, Miraglia 3-2-2-8, Walsh 2-2-4-6, Runco 0-1-2-1, Sakson 0-0-0-0, Collins 0-0-0-0. TOTALS: 15-11-14-46.
A. Oertner 5-3-7-13, Josephson 5-0-0-11, Seiler 4-0-0-8, Bastardi 2-1-2-5, L. Oertner 2-0-0-4. TOTALS: 18-4-9-41.
Mid Valley 16 11 9 10 - 46
No. Lehigh 15 6 11 9 - 41
Three-pointers: MV - D. Terranella 3, DeMarco 2; NL - Josephson 1.