Haddon leads Ephrata past Bucks, Cocalico
By: TODD RUTH Review Sports Editor email@example.com, Staff Writer
Some times a simple adjustment is all it takes. That certainly was the case for the Ephrata girls Friday in Denver.
Trailing host Cocalico 20-13 at the half, the Lady Mounts switched out of a man-to-man defense to a 1-3-1 zone in the third, and that one move made all the difference in the world.
Ephrata forced 10 third-quarter turnovers and held the Lady Eagles without a field goal for the entire period to go from seven down to six up (28-22). The Lady Mounts continued to surge in the fourth and put it away at the foul line en route to an impressive 47-34 victory.
"I just thought we had to do something different," Ephrata Coach Mike Garman said of his defensive change. "I just thought we’ll try it and see what happens. Some nights it works and some nights it doesn’t. Tonight it was effective."
The Lady Mounts were quite effective Tuesday night as well, jumping all over visiting CV early before rolling to a 53-27 victory.
Sarah Haddon led the early onslaught for Ephrata, which led 16-2 after one quarter and 40-12 at the half. The 5-10 junior scored all of her game-high 20 points in the first half to pace the Lady Mounts, who evened their Section Two record at 4-4 (5-8 overall) with the win.
Morgan Wentz had 11 and Tyneisha Murray 10 to lead the Buckskins (0-8, 1-13).
Cocalico also was in action Tuesday, dropping a 53-27 decision to undefeated Solanco (8-0, 13-0).
The host Mares sped out to a 16-1 lead after one quarter of play and coasted in with the victory. Solanco had three players finish in double figures with Gillian Glackin’s 18 leading the way. Makenzie Keys and Emily Allport both added 12 for the winners.
The Lady Eagles, who fell to 3-5 in section play (5-9 overall), were led by Marissa Gingrich’s 10 points.
While the Lady Mounts were stellar defensively in the third quarter Friday night at Cocalico, Haddon was the difference at the offensive end. With Cocalico center Kristen Boyer on the bench in foul trouble, Haddon went to work inside, scoring 10 of her game-high 19 points in that period.
"In that situation we run a little offense where we try to isolate people," Garman said. "And if you have someone who is in foul trouble it’s a good little thing to do and that’s what we did. Sarah Haddon really stepped up. She really stepped up and did a nice job, which is what you need."
"She’s a heck of a player," Cocalico coach Tony DiMatteo said of Haddon. "She just punished us in the second half, and when she didn’t make her first shot, she got the second shot and third shot. I feel like she’s their best player and she proved it tonight."
Senior reserve Ashley Mayer gave Ephrata a huge boost in the fourth, scoring all nine of her points in that period off the bench to help salt this one away.
Ephrata opened up an 18-point lead in the fourth, going 11-for-17 from the line, before cruising in with the win.
The Lady Mounts actually led 11-9 after one quarter but ran into trouble in the second as Cocalico gained the advantage behind a stingy defense and a big offensive quarter from both Boyer and Gingrich. Boyer (9 points) had five in the period and Gingrich, who led her team with 17 points, tallied six as Cocalico out scored Ephrata 11-2 to take a seven-point advantage into the locker room.
Unfortunately for the Lady Eagles, they couldn’t hold it.
"They switched defenses up on us and we didn’t think quick enough, DiMatteo said of his team’s second-half play. "Our girls know what to do but the bottom line is you got to go out there and do it. You have to make crisp passes…. We were open, the seams were there but we just didn’t make the right passes. We dribbled too much and got into trouble."
Last Wednesday, the Lady Eagles also dropped a 53-32 non-league contest to visiting Lower Dauphin. Boyer scored 13 points in the loss. More GIRLS, page B4