The Lady Olympians learned another lesson last night in their season of struggle from a 58-36 loss to Weatherly.
Good fortune never lasts for too long.
Their good fortune began before the opening tip-off when Weatherly's top scorer, Sara Heister was not listed in the scorebook due to a knee injury suffered in her previous game against Schuylkill Haven. The game began and Jim Thorpe's fortune continued when the Olympians raced to a 9-0 lead on two threes by Brittany Doughty and another trey by Nikki Ennis.
"We needed to get out of our zone and play man defense," said Wreckers' coach Paul Hadzick. "We actually went to a box and one on Ennis because we knew she could light it up from the three point range."
While Jim Thorpe would then be held without another field goal in the first quarter, Weatherly went on a 12-2 tear led by Kelly Parker's five points.
Olympian assistant coach John Koehler knew his team would have trouble when Weatherly "switched gears" and played man defense.
"We have yet to find a solid point guard who can run our offense and get the ball to our shooters inside." said Koehler.
JT kept the score close in the second quarter as Ennis nailed a three with three seconds to go to cut Weatherly's half time lead to five points.
In the third quarter, the Wreckers' Alexis Boyarski scored the first seven points to increase her team's lead to a dozen. Jim Thorpe's Cat Condly's running one hander got the lead down to ten, but that would be the closest the Olympians would get for the rest of the game.
Jim Thorpe was paced by Doughty's 11 points followed by eight contributed by Rebecca Cressman.
"Turnovers killed us again," said Koehler. "They would fast break off their steals and beat us down the court for easy close range baskets. The damn then broke on any confidence we had left."
Boyarski's basket and foul shot with 1:15 left in the third was followed by more of her hot shooting in the fourth quarter. After going scoreless on five missed first half shots, she netted seven of nine in the second half to finish with a game high 17 points. Kelly Parker added 16 to the Wrecker's total.
"When I missed my first few shots in the first half I concentrated on playing good defense," said Boyarski. "Then I got my shooting confidence back and looked for open opportunities to drive to the basket."
Coach Hadzick was proud that Rubarsky and the rest of his players "stepped it up" because they were playing without their "best player" in Heister. Koehler, however, could only lament about the young Olympian's performance.
"We battled through the first few minutes of the third quarter," said Koehler. But losing a lot of games has been tough on us. You could see it in the fourth quarter when we gave them easy baskets off of so many of their offensive rebounds."
"We believe we can make a run to make the playoffs," said Weatherly's Hadzick whose team won its fifth game of the season.
Perhaps the Lady Wreckers can use their good fortune earned last night and keep it going until the end of their regular season.
As for Jim Thorpe, it can take some heart from its JV's come from behind overtime one-point victory played before the varsity game.
Bizarre 1-0-0-2, Dougherty 4-2-3-11, Parker 7-1-2-16, Adamczyk 1-3-4-6, Polchin 2-2-4-6, Boyarski 7-3-6-17, T. Heister -0-0-0-0, Wallish 0-0-0-0, Lovett -0-0-0-0. TOTALS: 22-11-19-58
Doughty 4-0-1-11, Condly 3-0-0-6, Ennis 2-0-0-6, Cressman 3-2-3-8, Becker 2-1-2-5, Hoffman 0-0-0-0, Rusbarsky 00-2-0, Bush 0-0-0-0, Shigo 0-0-0-0. TOTALS: 14-4-6-36.
Weatherly 12 13 14 19 - 58
Jim Thorpe 11 9 5 11 - 36
Three pointers: Weatherly - Parker 2, Adamczyk 1, Dougherty 1; Jim Thorpe - Doughty 3, Ennis 2.