By Bill Bostic
I was told before tonight’s girls basketball game at Central Dauphin High School that the Lady Rams were going to have their hands full with a more experienced Cumberland Valley squad. The prediction turned out to be spot on as the CV girls closed a 10-point deficit in the last four minutes of the game to nip the Rams 49-46.
The fans who attended this game were treated to a game with multiple momentum swings.
The Lady Eagles, coached by former CD girls skipper and multiple state champion coach Bill Wolf, methodically built a 10-point lead with balanced scoring in the first half and appeared to be in complete control.
CD head coach Randy Gambelunghe worked some magic at halftime and Rams came out and dominated play in the third, outscoring CV 20 to 3 to take a 37-30 lead into the fourth quarter. Gazette reader Dave Ziser credited CD head coach Randy Gambelunghe’s decision to switch from a man-to-man to a zone defense for spearheading the turnaround.
The Lady Rams appeared to have the game in hand when junior Ram guard Haleigh Lackner banked in a three-point buzzer-beater to close out the third quarter.
CV’s players didn’t panic though. They got a three-pointer followed by another quick bucket and they were back in business in a flash. The ball suddenly started finding the bottom of the net and CV took the lead for good with a 1:17 to go in the fourth.
The Lady Rams are a young team and this loss hopefully will be a stepping stone toward learning how to close out games against top-notch opponents.
CD’s leading scorer was Sam Gress with 18, and Maddie LaFrance netted nine and Audrey Weigl had eight.
CV’s win puts them on top of the Mid Penn Commonwealth Division with a 5-0 record. CD drops to second place at 4-1 (8-2 overall).
Up next for the Rams are the Harrisburg Lady Cougars this Friday at Harrisburg High’s gym. Tip-off for the varsity is at 7:30 pm.
Photo from PennLive shows CD’s Sam Gress in action against CV in a past season.