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2018-03-08 / Sports

Lady Legends drop sectional quarterfinal game to Frontier

Sports Reporter

The Lancaster girls basketball season came to an end last Tuesday when the Lady Legends lost to Frontier, 47-42.

The game was pretty close all the way through. With less than two minutes left in the game, the Lady Legends were down by one point with the ball. But they couldn’t score in a half-court set, then had to foul. Frontier made both shots, taking a three-point lead. A three-point attempt by Lancaster failed and they had to foul again. The Lady Falcons made both shots again, putting the game out of reach.

“I was very pleased overall with the way my girls played and the way they fought all the way through,” Lancaster coach Jayson Jaskier said. “Unfortunately, sometimes a whole four-month season comes down to one game. Sometimes things don’t always go your way.”

The Lady Legends lost their first game against Frontier, but won the second by nine points. The playoff game was similar to the first game in that the Lady Falcons pressed Lancaster and handled the press well on defense.

“This game was very similar to the first time we played them at home,” Jaskier said. “Their pressure was excellent. They execute a very efficient press offense and a trapping style of defense, which played to their favor. I think that was the difference-maker. The first time around, when we played them at Frontier, our press-breaker was working very well. It was a different press-breaker than they had seen the first time around. I think that helped out a little bit. Ultimately, they were able to execute and we weren’t.”

Overall, the Lady Legends have a lot to be happy with this season. The team finished with a 15-6 season, improving by three wins from last season. They scored 1,030 points and gave up just 861, earning their first home playoff game since 2012.

“I’m very pleased with the way things went overall,” Jaskier said. “Our goal every day is get better. We did that as the season went on. We achieved our goal of getting a home playoff game. We finished second overall in our division, which a step up from last year. We finished with more wins, more points, fewer losses. The girls really improved upon what we did last season. They took it to the next level. Hopefully we can just continue to improve as the years go on.”

The team will lose six seniors on this year’s team, a few of whom have spent three years on varsity. One of those seniors is Molly Mahony, who finished her final season with 277 points, 40 percent shooting, 193 rebounds, 74 assists, 88 steals and 14 blocks. Hanna Wozniak had 221 points on 33 percent shooting with 42 rebounds, 60 assists and 63 steals. Other seniors included Sara Wagner, Madisyn Pepke, Hannah Kirisits and Lexi Amborski.

This senior class had special meaning as the girls were the new players on varsity when Jaskier took over in 2015.

“The seniors that we have were the first crop when PJ Odrobina and I took over a couple years ago,” Jaskier said. “They were sophomores then. They’ve been with us for the past three years. They’ve played an instrumental part in rebuilding the program and rebranding the program and changing the culture of girls basketball at Lancaster. They were a huge part, and we owe them everything. All the success we have in the future is attributed to the hard work they’ve put in for the past three years in helping us get to where we want to go and build the program we want to have.”

The program will bring back five girls and bring up a solid group from JV next season. There is plenty to be optimistic about with this program.

“We’re very much looking forward to next season,” Jaskier said. “We’ll be returning five girls. We have a good crop of girls coming up from the JV program. We’re always excited to look toward the future.”

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