Most times the Old Forge girls’ basketball team proves it’s not the size of the dog, but the size of the fight in the dog that counts. But last Saturday at Norristown High School, the dog was just too big.
The Blue Devils had no answer for Delaware County Christian’s 6-foot-4 center Emily Homan after the first quarter of play as Old Forge lost, 43-25, to the Lady Knights in the first round of the PIAA Class 1A playoffs.
Old Forge held Homan in check for the first five minutes of action as the Blue Devils raced out to an 8-2 lead with 2:53 left after scoring the game’s first six points.
Freshman Lauren Carey scored two fast break baskets and another off of a steal, and Lindsay Regan added an offensive rebound to give Old Forge what would be its only highlights of the afternoon.
After a DCC timeout, the District 1 champs finished the quarter on an 8-0 run to take a 10-8 lead into the second period.
The teams traded baskets for the first four minutes as the Blue Devils got to within 14-13 with 3:48 left before halftime. But the Lady Knights forced the ball into Homan from that point on, and the Lafayette recruit spurred a 26-4 run over the next 14 minutes of action as DCC took a comfortable 40-17 lead with 5:41 left in the game.
Homan scored 16 of her 23 points during the run. She also dominated the glass with 11 rebounds and the Lady Knights interior defense by blocking seven shots on the night. Her presence, along with DCC’s pressure man-to-man, half-court defense, limited the Blue Devils to just 9-for-41 shooting from the floor, including 0-for-9 in the third quarter.
Old Forge tailed 20-13 at the half, and 32-14 entering the fourth quarter as DCC held the Blue Devils to just a free throw by Carey midway though the period.
Carey and Nicole Marianelli each scored seven points to lead Old Forge in scoring. Taylor Bennett added six points on two fourth-quarter three-pointers.
Regan added a season-high 11 rebounds for Old Forge, and Andi Alsalahat chipped in with three rebounds and three blocked shots.