By Shawn Wood
For The Daily Item
LEWISBURG - After spending the better part of the last month on the road, Phil Stamm’s Lewisburg girls basketball team was glad to finally be home.
In just their third game at home, Lewisburg snapped a four-game losing streak with a 47-35 Heartland Athletic Conference crossover win over South Williamsport.
Junior Emily Conrad led the Green Dragons (4-5, 0-3 HAC-II) and all scorers with 15 points while Anna Steer and Jennifer Jackson led the Mounties (3-6) with 12 a piece.
The first quarter had a run-and-gun feel as the teams combined for 28 points and both were letting the ball fly from well behind the 3-point arc.
“It was good to get home and I thought we were little more balance and that we were moving the ball well at times, better than we have in some of the other games,” Green Dragons head coach Phil Stamm said.
In their last four games — against Warrior Run, Mount Carmel, Mifflinburg and Central Columbia — the Green Dragons lost by 14, 3, 12 and 10 points, respectively.
“Our record has a lot to do with our opponents, we’ve played a lot of games away from home and we battled in some of those games and we came up a bit short,” Stamm said.
Lewisburg was leading 23-17 with 3:20 left in the second quarter when they committed a foul, sending Steer to the line.
She missed both free throws, the latter of which was grabbed for an defensive rebound by Lewisburg sophomore Akilah McFadden.
“I think the only thing we didn’t do well and we’re going to have to get better at it was rebound,” Stamm added. “We gave up too many offensive rebounds tonight.”
Lewisburg took a 9-point lead into the half thanks to some good defensive pressure late in the first half.
With just under two minutes to play, they held the Mounties scoreless on one possession as South had multiple shots at a basket.
The Green Dragons responded following the defensive stop with a jumper from Conrad from the left side to push the lead to eight.
McFadden, who ended the game with five points, had some key steals during the contest including one with 90 seconds left in the half that she converted into a lay-up and made the free-throw to complete the three point play.
“From the offensive perspective, I thought we attacked the basket a lot better,” Stamm said. “We’ve been a little tentatively on the offense lately.”
South made a run early in the third quarter to cut the lead to seven 31-24, but Conrad’s long three put the lead back up to 10 and stopped the run.
“We attempted to box out and that’s something we are going to continue to work on.” Conrad said of stopping South’s third-quarter run. “Because we are not the tallest team, we try to use our quickness to our advantage and that’s why we were using our full-court press.”
Lewisburg then held off another run in the fourth by South who cut the lead down to five with 4:10 left to play as the Green Dragons, who were 12-for-22 from the free-throw line on the night, were 10-for-12 in the last two minutes of the game.
Conrad’s sister, Kasey, scored seven points while Lenore Doyle added eight for Lewisburg.