Archbishop Wood ousts Villa Maria

Posted: March 14, 2014

Villa Maria had the Archbishop Wood girls' basketball team on the ropes.

Down by just three with a minute remaining in the third quarter, the Hurricanes had all the momentum and were taking it to Wood on both ends of the floor.

The Vikings, led by their poised senior class, never panicked. They went on to win easily, 53-31, Wednesday night in the second round of the PIAA Class AAA state tournament at Colonial Elementary School in Plymouth Meeting.

"We just couldn't lose," senior Rachel Day said. "We couldn't."

Despite the 22-point margin of victory, the game was tight through 31/2 quarters, as the Hurricanes (16-12) received a spirited effort from senior Jackie Carlin and were tough on defense.

But Wood received some spirited performances from its seniors, as well.

When it mattered most for the Vikings (24-3), Day stepped up, netting 10 of her 13 points in the final period. She also was a force on defense, getting several key steals down the stretch.

"It is Jess [Kaminski] too, and it is Laura [Trisch]. It's Aubree [Brown], and it is Bailey [Greenberg]," Day said.

"We all work so well together, and we aren't selfish."

The unselfish play was apparent at both ends. Brown led the Vikings with 14 points, and Greenberg added eight.

"When we get stops and they don't score then we get points, it just kind of lifts your spirits and gives you a little boost," Trisch said. "It switches the momentum a lot."

The Vikings will play the winner of Wednesday night's game between Bethlehem Catholic and Scranton Prep on Saturday in the quarterfinals, at a time and a neutral site to be determined.

After a disappointing second-round exit last year, the Vikings welcome the opportunity to continue their journey all the way to Hershey and the state championship.

"From here on, I think there are 10 days left," Day said. "If we are going to make it this far, we might as well make our goal happen."

Villa Maria 4 11 12 4 – 31

Archbishop Wood 8 14 10 21 – 53

VM: Jackie Carlin 15, Molly Namiotka 8, Danielle Knopp 6, Mora Fetterolf 2.

AW: Aubree Brown 14, Rachel Day 13, Bailey Greenberg 8, Laura Trisch 8, Catey McFadden 5, Jess Kaminski 2, Emily Kiersnowski 2, Brittany Keyes 1.

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