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Lady Knights bested by Saegertown

Eisenhower’s Alexis Courtney goes up for two during the first half of Monday’s Region 2 contest against visiting Saegertown.

If Eisenhower could have subtracted the second quarter, they would have been right with Saegertown, one of the top teams in Region 2.

Unfortunately they couldn’t undo the 24-2 Panther surge in the second period in what was ultimately a 55-30 setback on Monday at Eisenhower High School.

“You add up the other three quarters and it’s 31-25,” pointed out Eisenhower coach Mike Logue. “We just had that one bad quarter that cost us.”

The Lady Knights jumped out to a 13-12 after the opening period thanks to strong offensive execution against Saegertown’s 2-3 zone.

Bella Marino opened the game with a 3 and Emiley Wheeler made a pair of nice passes to Delaney Chase and Lilee Renninger that resulted in makes and the early advantage.

Eisenhower's Delaney Chase drives towards the basket against Saegertown.

“They ran the game plan extremely well,” Logue said. “We don’t have a lot of teams that play the 2-3 against us. Em was trying to do some things tonight. She knew she might not have the big night because of what they do. She was looking for that weakside pass and hit it a couple times to Delaney Chase and Lilee Renninger.”

The second quarter was a different story, however.

Saegertown got several turnovers which they were able to convert into easy layups, and also multiple second-chances that resulted in makes.

“One of our biggest problems, if there’s a turnovers, is us getting back,” Logue said. “They got some easy layups and that got us frustrated.”

Eisenhower continues to be a team that battles for 32 minutes, and they did so again in this one. Wheeler scored five of her seven points in the third and Marino hit another 3 early in the fourth.

“I thought Bella took a step up tonight,” Logue said. “She’s getting more physical, going after rebounds and those types of things.”

Mollie Pryzbrowski, Saegertown’s leading scorer coming in, played a strong game on her way to a game-high 18 points.

Marino led Eisenhower with nine points, while Renninger and Leah Peterson had 8 rebounds each and Chase and Wheeler 3 assists apiece.

“We’re headed in the right direction,” Logue said. “If we can put it together for 32 minutes, we’ll be okay.”

The Knights return to action, traveling to Youngsville for the second meeting between the teams this season.

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SAEGERTOWN (55)

Young 3-0-0-6, Pryzbrowski 8-0-0-18, A. Braymer 3-2-6-8, Mulligan 4-0-0-8, Jones 5-3-4-13, Trzeciak 0-0-0-0, Kindervater 1-0-0-2, Crawford 0-0-0-0, Totals 24-5-10-55

EISENHOWER (30)

Marino 3-1-2-9, Peterson 0-0-0-0, Wheeler 2-3-6-7, Chase 3-0-0-6, Renninger 2-2-4-6, Courtney 1-0-2-2, Jareno 0-0-0-0, Strausser 0-0-0-0, B. Smith 0-0-0-0, Totals 11-6-14-30

By Quarters

Saegertown 12 24 9 10 – 55

Eisenhower 13 2 5 10 – 30

Three-point FGs: Saegertown (2) – Przybrowski 2; Eisenhower (2) – Marino 2

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