Valley Forge Lady Patriots are on a 3 game win streak. Beating Oberlin 57-43, Parma 41- 40 and Brookside 55-40. All three games were great wins for the Patriots but the one that stands out most was the nail biter victory over rival Parma on Saturday, December 16th. The Lady Patriots last victory over the Lady Redmen came in January of 2014 and a first for seniors Lily Nelson and Latique Barrett.
Unfortunately, due to weather, the game was delayed from Wednesday to Saturday. Coach Britt Korth said “After Tuesday’s preparation we were physically and mentally prepared for a game that we hoped would be played the next night. Our team was disappointed that they had to wait a few more days to put the game plan to the test. The focus in the locker room prior to the game was like nothing I had seen before from my team. Even with a minor change in the game plan, they were ready”! The team got into foul trouble early in the game which forced the bench to step up and they did.
“Although we went into half time down 23 to 13, our focus never changed. We had a job to do and we stuck to the game plan” . In the second half there were multiple lead changes until the last lead change which put Valley Forge on top. With 54 seconds left in the fourth quarter , something significant happened, Senior Lily Nelson fouled out of the game. Emotions ran high.
The last possession on offense started with an in-bounds play to Freshman Lameice El-Madhoun. El-Madhoun had the confidence to take the ball to the basket for two points. This brought the score to 41-40. The excitement wasn’t over. Parma advanced the ball up the court quickly and with 3.5 seconds left on the clock the officials called a jump ball. Possession arrow pointing toward Parma. Parma called a time out to draw up a play. When the game resumes they will inbound the ball under their own basket. Forge left a player open under the basket who had an open look at the rim. Mary Kontra finished the play with great sense of urgency and blocked the shot. Haley Onderak snatched the ball and held on while the time ran out.
The win over Parma is the first conference win for the Lady Patriots since the 2015-16 basketball season. “We took a step as a program not only on the court but our mentality as a group. Our team had a special motivation that day. After the game, our team was excited because they got a win for our Seniors. This group is a joy to coach because of their selflessness on and off the court. They play for a bigger purpose and truly have a respect and love for their fellow teammates. They have the same goals in mind, work together to achieve them and hold one another accountable when someone gets off track”.
Lady Patriots will resume competition on Saturday, December 23rd when they take the Fairview Warriors at Valley Forge High School starting at 12:00.