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LDN-JP-090316-lvc-fmBY JEFF FALK

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ANNVILLE – When you’re focused on the moment, you can lose track of time. But the Lebanon Valley College women’s basketball team seems to know exactly how late it is.

On Saturday afternoon at Lou Sorrentino Gymnasium, the Flying Dutchmen began their push towards a postseason berth with a 67-56 home triumph over Alvernia. Not only did Lebanon Valley do a good job of getting to the rim, but it also did an admirable job of finishing.

The result was critical for a Flying Dutchmen squad fighting for a playoff spot. With seven regular-season games remaining, Lebanon Valley stands at 8-10 overall, 5-4 in the Commonwealth Conference and on the cusp of extending its season.

The Flying Dutchmen had dropped four of their last five contests coming in.

LDN-JP-090316-lvc-fmAlvernia plummeted to 1-17 on the season and 1-8 in the conference. Back on December 3rd, LVC had scored a 56-50 decision at Alvernia.

The contest served as the opener of a women’s/men’s doubleheader.

“We expect ourselves to be in the playoffs,” said Lebanon Valley head coach Amy Sokaitis. “We’re in the hunt. There’s no question we feel like we should be there. But everyone’s goal is to make it to the playoffs.

“I want to go to the playoffs because I want to go to the playoffs,” Sokaitis added. “But we’ve grown and developed. I’m proud of where we are. But the playoffs are not going to make or break our season.”

After Lebanon Valley led by as many as 18 points in the third quarter, Alvernia used a 17-2 burst to close to within three points, early in the fourth quarter. But the Flying Dutchmen righted themselves with jumpers from Taylor Troutman, Hilary Yoh and Lexie Lantz, and a lay-in by Jasmine Copeland, to re-extend its advantage to 63-52.

LDN-JP-090316-lvc-fm“The biggest thing for us was staying composed and taking care of the ball,” said Sokaitis. “It was just cleaning things up and doing a better job.

“There are some games we dropped that we would’ve liked to have not dropped,” continued Sokaitis. “Our non-league schedule was one of the toughest in the country. We’ve got to continue to improve everyday.”

The Flying Dutchmen enjoyed a 38-26 halftime cushion, then opened the third quarter on a 13-7 run. With nine points, Lantz was nearly unstoppable during the burst, while teammates Becky Evans and Anne Lehr contributed buckets to the LVC cause.

“I’m happy with the win,” said Sokaitis. “We needed a win. I’d like to see us execute better, and defensively, we’d like to be a little more solid.

“The message after the game was just about doing the little things,” Sokaitis continued. “It was a good win. We have to do the little things better going forward.”

With 19 points and ten boards, Lantz spearheaded the Flying Dutchmen’s balanced attack. Yoh collected 13 points and Evans netted ten, as did Lehr.

Lebanon Valley held Alvernia to 32 percent shooting from the field and forced 23 Crusader turnovers.

“Why was this game such a big deal?,” said Sokaitis. “Because we played so well on Wednesday (in an overtime loss at Messiah) and came up short. To play so well and lose, you want to bounce back. I didn’t want to lose that momentum.”

Lebanon Valley led 14-9, six minutes in, thanks to a jump shot by Morgan Bamberger.

LDN-JP-090316-lvc-fmEarly in the second stanza, the Flying Dutchmen ripped off 11 straight points to forge a 29-18 advantage. The run began with an Evans lay-in, featured five points from Yoh and concluded with back-to-back lay-ups by Lehr.

“We just pushed the ball and moved it quicker,” said Sokaitis. “We got down the floor faster. We really controlled the boards in the first half, which is a big deal for us.

“Yeah, we can make the playoffs,” added Sokaitis. “We’re 5-4 in the conference and tied for fourth place. It depends on what happens with the rest of the league. We have to continue to play well. We have to win a couple of games down the stretch, but we don’t have to win out.”

 

 

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2016-17 Lebanon Valley College Women’s Basketball Schedule

DATE OPPONENT LOCATION TIME/RESULT
11/15/2016 Elizabethtown College Elizabethtown, Pa. L 51-63
 
Rinso Marquette Tournament
11/18/2016 Penn State Altoona Annville, Pa. W 81-44
 
11/19/2016 SUNY Geneseo Annville, Pa. L 40-52 
 
11/26/2016 Misericordia University Annville, Pa. W 74-63 
 
11/27/2016 York College of Pennsylvania York, Pa. L 53-63 
 
11/30/2016 * Widener University Annville, Pa. W 79-62  
 
12/3/2016 * Alvernia University Reading, Pa. W 56-50 
 
12/7/2016 * Stevenson University Annville, Pa. L 49-55 
 
12/10/2016 * Hood College Frederick, Md. W 75-53
 
12/19/2016 Marywood University Scranton, Pa. L 46-54 
 
12/20/2016 No. 3 University of Scranton Annville, Pa. L 52-63  
 
Moravian Tournament
12/30/2016 Delaware Valley University Bethlehem, Pa. W 62-57 
 
12/31/2016 Moravian College Bethlehem, Pa. L 78-88
 
1/4/2017 * Lycoming College Williamsport, Pa. L 56-72
 
1/7/2017 * Albright College Annville, Pa. L 57-74 
 
1/11/2017 * Arcadia University Glenside, Pa. W 74-68
 
1/18/2017 * No. 25 Messiah College Annville, Pa. L 79-85 (OT)
 
1/21/2017 Alumni Game Annville, Pa. 11 a.m.  
1/21/2017 * Alvernia University Annville, Pa. 2 p.m.  
1/25/2017 * Stevenson University Owings Mills, Md. 6 p.m.  
1/28/2017 * Hood College Annville, Pa. 4 p.m.  
2/1/2017 * Widener University Chester, Pa. 6 p.m.  
2/4/2017 * Albright College Reading, Pa. 2 p.m.  
The Pink Game
2/8/2017 * Arcadia University Annville, Pa. 6 p.m.  
2/11/2017 * Messiah College Grantham, Pa. 3 p.m.  
Senior Day
2/14/2017 * Lycoming College Annville, Pa. 6 p.m.  
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 Middle Atlantic Conference
 Commonwealth Standings
School MAC Overall
MAC Commonwealth
Albright 9-0 14-4
Messiah 7-1 16-1
Stevenson 7-2 12-6
Lycoming 5-4 11-6
Lebanon Valley 5-4 8-10
Widener 3-6 6-12
Arcadia 2-7 6-12
Hood 1-8 6-12
Alvernia 1-8 1-17

 

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