Rancocas Valley rolls to girls Group 4 state title game

Rancocas Valley's Lauren Moses looks for a shot against Washington Township's Erin Rafter (right). CLEM MURRAY / Staff
Rancocas Valley's Lauren Moses looks for a shot against Washington Township's Erin Rafter (right). CLEM MURRAY / Staff
Posted: March 09, 2013

Anthony Corrado had heard it before.

"I feel like I get asked the same question every game," the Rancocas Valley coach said.

The topics were commonplace: The dominance of Lauren Moses; the depth of his team; the balance; the tough defense; the ability to answer, emphatically, every run an opponent makes.

All of it was on display Thursday night in a 52-37 win over Washington Township in a Group 4 state girls' basketball semifinal at Deptford.

In 32 minutes, Rancocas Valley again showed every reason that it just might be the scariest team in the state entering a Group 4 championship matchup with Paterson-Eastside on Sunday at Toms River North.

"We've worked so hard to get to this point," Moses said. "Being in this position is what we've been hoping for all season."

Moses helped her team build a 19-8 first-quarter lead. Moses, a 6-foot-2 junior forward, netted 11 of her 22 points and grabbed seven of her 20 rebounds in the first period.

"I just wanted to come out hard," she said.

Moses was the only player to score in double figures. Point guard Brianna Logan scored nine for RV on three three-pointers. Bella Siravo paced the Minutemaids with nine points.

Washington Township made its only run of the game in the second quarter.

The Minutemaids (23-7) ended the first half on a 9-1 run and trailed by just six points.

"We clawed back like we always do. Our kids don't quit. We made it respectable," Minutemaids coach Jenn Natale said. "We just hope we can be back in this game and face RV again next year."

As it generally has this season, RV opened the second half on a tear, stripping Washington Township of whatever momentum it built late in the first half.

The Red Devils scored the first 14 points of the third quarter and held a comfortable lead for the rest of the game.

"The third quarter is ours," Corrado said. "We've been very successful this year. We found our intensity in the second half."

Washington Township 8 13 8 8 – 37

Rancocas Valley 19 8 18 7 – 52

WT: Kylie Giedemann 6, Kelly Giedemann 7, Paige Anastasi 6, Jess Monte 6, Bella Siravo 9, Erin Rafter 3.

RV: Kristin Smith 2, Dominique Ward 5, Lauren Moses 22, Jasmyne Lewis 7, Brianna Logan 9, Jordan Woods 7.

Contact Chris Melchiorre at rallysports@phillynews.com.

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