The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


March 16, 2013

Girls basketball: Red Raiders carry Valley banner to Elite Eight

Red Raiders carry Valley banner to Elite Eight


"We've got to contain their point guard (Hollenshead), which is a challenge."

Part of Lourdes' run into the PIAA quarterfinals is the way it plays as a team.

Rachel Schultz leads the Red Raiders with 15 points per game while Sarah Getchey is averaging nearly 13. Getchey also broke the school record this season for most 3-pointers in a single season (58), a mark previously held by Sara Schroyer (2000-01).

In addition to those two, Nikki Komara leads the team in both rebounds and assists.

Anyone suiting up for the Red Raiders can step up at any given time, a nice factor to have in the state playoffs. And no matter which five Klembara has out on the court, the speed Lourdes possesses always plays to its advantage.

"We want to take advantage of the God-given talent that our girls have and that of course is their quickness and (we want to) certainly enhance that and improve upon that," Klembara.

That speed is not only crucial offensively, but defensively as well. Klembara and his team know that solid defense is just as crucial to winning as a talented offense.

"When we approached this season this year, I felt that we weren't going to win just by outscoring people. We were going to win by solid defense, shoot fouls well and execute our offense," Klembara said. "That was what our goal was against every opponent and we were going to control the tempo of the game as much as we could (and) playing great defense was paramount and when the opportunity presents itself, we were going to spread the floor and make layups and make fouls."

Lourdes' speed can be seen on every play, particularly with quick passes to move the opposing defenses around, much like it did against Girard College in the second round.

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