By Summer Patsko
After losing a late-season game to Fairview, the Valley Forge girls basketball team bounced back to beat the Warriors 45-26 on Saturday in the GLC tournament.
This win means the #6 Patriots still have a chance to finish in fifth place in the tournament. They face #8 Lakewood on Tuesday. The winner advances to the fifth-place game.
Jada Benjamin led all scoring with 16, Lameice El-Madhoun had 13, Kailey Quinones had 8 and Alysa Coyne and Emily Beckner had 3.
The game was tied after the first quarter, 12-12. The Patriots then outscored the Warriors 26-7 over the second and third quarters. That run included a 15-0 run in the third.
The Patriots led 38-19 going into the fourth quarter.
This game had a much different outcome from when the Patriots and the Warriors faced off on Jan. 30. The Warriors beat the Patriots 39-34. Patriots assistant coach Aaron Carter said post play was a key difference in this game.
“Our posts played a big presence in this game, especially coming off the bench,” said Carter. “They gave a big effort on the boards and attacking, especially on their other small post player. They’ve been practicing all week about taking advantage of our height. When the guards attacked and kicked the post finished. We got to get a ton of good offensive rebounds, and just force an issue on them, boxing out was solid so they had a hard time taking advantage of it.”
The Patriots went on multiple scoring runs due to a press and aggressive defense, which caused many turnovers. The Patriots also didn’t allow a lot of second-chance points by rebounding and boxing out.
“A big role the posts played today for offense and defense is boxing out on the rebounds and kicking it out to the post and going straight up into contact.” said Quinones.
The Patriots’ first OHSAA state tournament game will be Saturday at home against Lorain.