S. ABINGTON TWP. — A furious third-quarter rally carried Holy Redeemer past Abington Heights, 51-45, in a non-league girls basketball game Tuesday night.
Sharon Houlihan and Erin Albright each scored four points in the first quarter to help Abington Heights build an 11-8 lead.
Hannah Kowalski and Hannah Hughes knocked down back-to-back 3-pointers to stretch Abington Heights’ lead to seven with 5:35 remaining in the second quarter. The Lady Comets also led, 23-14, late in the second quarter before Holy Redeemers’ Julia Andrejko hit a 3-pointer and Lauren Wasiakowski made a basket to pull the Lady Royals back within one.
Holy Redeemer guard Sarah Kuderka scored nine of her game-high 19 points in the third quarter when the Lady Royals outscored Abington Heights, 23-7. Samantha Yencha and Andrejko each added five points in the third for the Lady Royals.
“It was our first time playing together and they are a very good team,” Kuderka said. “They have multiple scorers and they had height and strength against us. In the locker room, we came up with a plan and ran the plays. It was team chemistry that really pulled us together during the third quarter.”
Abington Heights committed 10 turnovers in the third, including three in a row to start the quarter.
The Lady Comets began the fourth quarter on an 8-0 run, capped by a basket from Cassie Ksiazek, who scored nine points and blocked three shots, to cut their deficit to two points with 5:36 left in the game.
“We had a bunch of turnovers and it’s uncharacteristic for us to have that many in a row,” Abington Heights head coach Deanna Klingman said. “That really hurt us, I tried to get a couple timeouts to regroup. We came back and played about five minutes of basketball and cut it to two. Credit to (Redeemer), they stepped up and hit shots like this was their home court.”
Kowalski, who finished with 10 points, eight rebounds and five assists, ignited the rally with four points and two assists in the fourth quarter.
“We’re never gave up, we kept fighting, but we need to clean some things up,” Klingman said. “Taking care of the basketball is number one.”
Kuderka hit another big 3-pointer to halt the Lady Comets’ charge, and Wasiakowski and Alyssa Gushka each made two free throws in the final three minutes to seal the win.
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