Lady Pioneers Fall to Twin Valley After Poor Second Half


On Saturday night, the Girls' basketball team headed to Elverson to take on the Twin Valley Raiders. The Raiders entered the game with a record of 5-1, and also reached the 5A District III final last season. The Pioneers were looking to maintain their perfect 5-0 record before heading back into Section 3 play next week. 

Hailey Leaman Blocks Shot in Game vs Cocalico (Chris Knight LNP)

The Raiders came out of the gates moving the ball very well, grabbing an early lead. Ava Morrow played outstanding in the first quarter, scoring 9 points including a three-pointer. The Pioneer offense turned the ball over frequently and struggled to get moving, granting the Raiders a 13-4 lead at the end of the quarter.

In the second quarter, the offensive play of Maggie Visniski, Emma Drouillard, and Katie Ranck helped the Pioneers narrow the deficit. Ava Morrow continued to play well for the Raiders, heading into the locker room with 14 points. The Pioneers reduced the Raider lead to 23-17 by the end of the quarter.

The third quarter was absolute chaos, and not in a good way. A horrid combination of wayward passes, traveling, and poor shot selection led to just a single shot going through the net for either team in the entire quarter. That shot was a layup by Natali Foster, bringing the score to 25-17 in favor of the Raiders going into the final 8 minutes of regulation. The Raiders ran away with the game in the fourth quarter, with Natali Foster and Ava Morrow hitting their shots to put the game out of reach. The Raiders won by a score of 40-25. 

THREE STARS:

Natali Foster: The Drexel University field hockey commit played great tonight, recording 16 points on 55% shooting. Foster also finished with 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals. Foster holds the unique distinction of being the only player to score during the 3rd quarter of tonight's game. 

Ava Morrow: Morrow also had an impressive night, scoring 16 points including a pair of treys. Morrow added 5 rebounds and 3 assists as well. Morrow also played very well defensively, being a major reason why none of the Pioneer guards were able to score a single point all night. 

Maggie Visniski: There weren't many things that went right for the Pioneers tonight, but Visniski was one of them. Visniski finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds, recording a double-double. She was also efficient, shooting 50% from the field. 

STAT LEADERS:

Points: Ava Morrow/Natali Foster, 16
Rebounds: Maggie Visniski, 12
Assists: Morgan Lennon, 7
Steals: Anna Kaplan/Morgan Lennon, 3
Blocks: Katie Ranck, 2
Turnovers: Emma Drouillard, 8


The JV game was the polar opposite of the main attraction, resulting in a 34-18 win for L-S. The Pioneers will look to recover on Monday, heading to Manheim for a Section 3 clash with the Barons. The Pioneers defeated the Barons 46-29 earlier in the season. As for the Raiders, they move to 6-1 and will play Monday night against Daniel Boone. 

- By Logan Moyer, LS News reporter

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