Sunday, March 10, 2013

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Archbishop Wood runs past Pope John Paul II

A week ago, the Pope John Paul II players were enjoying a win over Lower Moreland in the District One Class AAA third-place game and celebrating the program’s first berth in the PIAA tournament.

Meanwhile, Archbishop Wood, the three-time defending PIAA Class AAA champion, was searching for answers after a pair of disappointing, low-scoring losses.

So while the Panthers basked in the limelight of a huge accomplishment, the Lady Vikings went back to the drawing board.

“We went back and looked at what we had done and what we had become,” Wood coach Jim Ricci said. “We wanted to be more competitive with each other. We looked tired. We had to make our shifts shorter and play more people.”
Ricci decided to pressure all over the floor, push the ball whenever possible and substitute five players at a time every two or three minutes. For openers it worked like a charm.

The Lady Vikings forced 12 first quarter turnovers, then pushed the ball up the court en route to a 22-0 lead after eight minutes and never looked back, rolling to an impressive 60-39 victory in the PIAA Class AAA first round game at Archbishop Carroll on Saturday.

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