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February 27, 2013

Dry's heroics sends LHS girls into semis

No. 2 Lockport downs visiting No. 7 Frontier, 38-34.



The Lady Falcons dominated most of the action, especially early on before a large, stunned, partisan crowd in the Lady Lions’ Den.
A Dry jumper got things started for LHS, but a bucket by Caisey Lipka (8 points, 5 rebounds, block) and a three-pointer from their best player, Natalie Galus (14 points, 2 steals) gave the visitors a 5-2 lead.
A Cheatham free-throw and an inside bucket by physical sophomore forward Wagner (10 points, 8 rebounds, 4 steals, block) off a nice feed from sophomore Hailey Bechtold (3 rebounds) tied the game at 5-5, but the Lady Falcons got another bucket from Galus, then Lipka completed a three-point play with 2:30 left in the first and Frontier led 10-5.
The Lady Falcons controlled the boards and the ball the rest of the quarter, capping it with a Kaitlyn Lipka offensive rebound basket that beat the buzzer, giving Frontier a 12-5 lead after one.
Frontier continued to frustrate Lockport in the early part of the second. Cheatham’s three-pointer cut the deficit to 12-8, but the Lady Falcons reeled off five straight points and Shaw called a full timeout, trailing 17-8 with 5:43 left before the half.
Wagner converted on a rebound basket, went 2-for-2 from the charity stripe, then added a running left hander as the Lady Lions closed out the second with Alyssa’s 6-0 run to trail by just three at the half, 17-14.
“We weren’t playing as a team in the first half,” Dry said. “I think we were listening to the fans too much and getting too excited. They were taking Sara and Alexis out of the game and that left me Allie (Cavagnaro) and Alyssa open. We didn’t put ourselves down and came out stronger in the second half.”
Dry and the unsung senior stalwart Cavagnaro (4 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists) found the range in the third quarter from the right and left side, respectively. Cavagnaro’s second straight bucket off a feed from Dry midway through the stanza lifted Lockport into its first lead (21-20) since the first minute of the first quarter.

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