Wood shuts down Scranton Prep

Wood's Rachel Day steals the ball from Scranton Prep's Clare Philbin in the third quarter of the Vikings' 48-33 win. ELIZABETH ROBERTSON / Staff
Wood's Rachel Day steals the ball from Scranton Prep's Clare Philbin in the third quarter of the Vikings' 48-33 win. ELIZABETH ROBERTSON / Staff
Posted: March 17, 2014

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - A strip by Rachel Day.

A steal by Aubree Brown.

Jess Kaminski meets the opposing point guard just after she crosses midcourt, rattling her enough that she makes a bad decision.

Down to the last person on the roster, the members of the Archbishop Wood girls' basketball team play relentless defense. The Vikings' feet never stop moving, and their hands fly everywhere.

Scranton Prep found that out the hard way Saturday, as Wood defeated the Classics, 48-33, in a PIAA Class AAA state quarterfinal at Bethlehem Freedom.

But the well-oiled machine that walked off the court as the buzzer sounded was not the one that first appeared, as Wood (25-3) fell behind by 12-0 in the opening quarter.

"It just happened so quickly and we are not really used to that. But then we finally took a breather, got our feet back under us, and got back in the game," Kaminski said.

Thinking the Wood players did a good job of keeping themselves composed, Kaminski said they came together to "chill each other out."

Instead of panicking, Wood fought back a basket at a time and went into the locker room up, 19-15, at halftime, having shut out Scranton Prep in the second quarter.

Once again, the Vikings didn't rely on just one player on offense, as Kaminski and Bailey Greenberg each scored a team-high 13.

In particular, Greenberg and Brown played well off one another, as Greenberg often found herself open on the block after a sharp cut.

"Bailey can jump really high, and she catches passes most people can't catch," Brown said.

"I love playing with Bailey. She's a really good player, and we know where each other always is on the court," Brown added.

Wood will face District 2's Holy Redeemer on Tuesday at a neutral time and a place to be determined, for a spot in the state-championship game.

"Nerve-racking," Kaminski said of the prospect of being one win from Hershey. "But I believe in our team."

With a defense such as Wood's, how could she not?

Scranton Prep 15 0 10 8 - 33

Archbishop Wood 8 11 18 11 - 48

SP: Madison Ashby 11, Tricia Byrne 10, Clare Philbin 6, Bridget Walsh 6.

AW: Bailey Greenberg 13, Jess Kaminski 13, Aubree Brown 9, Rachel Day 7, Brittany Keyes 3, Catey McFadden 3.


ONLINE EXTRA

See and hear from Archbishop Wood's Rachel Day. inquirer.com/rallypa


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