The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


December 29, 2012

Women's basketball: Lady Crusaders hold on for tourney win


Monahan was a big help under the basket pulling down rebounds for the Crusaders. The junior guard grabbed a team-high 10 boards, nine of which were defensive, and ended the night with a double-double thanks to a 17-point performance. She added 11 points in the second half alone.

While Monahan had a boost in the second half, Loyalsock grad Jonaida Williams led the game with 18 points while Gina Palazzi added 10.

"Jonaida's been consistent for us all year. She shot an extremely high percentage from the floor. She's our all-around player," Reed said. "Jonaida defends, Jonaida gets rebounds, Jonaida makes perimeter shots, Jonaida scores the ball driving to the basket.

"She is the complete all-around player for our team, and she does that every game and I'm not surprised by her performance."

Williams added seven rebounds, six assists and five steals in the win.

With just inside of four minutes to play, Eastern's Kaitlyn Dougherty sank two free throws to tie the game for the fourth time, 49-all.

Less than a minute later, Palazzi grabbed a defensive rebound and fed it to Monahan, who ended up sinking a huge 3-pointer to give Susquehanna a 3-point lead.

Susquehanna's defense forced 22 turnovers, scoring as many points off them.

"I thought we did a really good job taking advantage and getting a couple of baskets in transition, but at the same time, when we didn't have anything, getting ourselves under control and then executing on offense," Reed said. "By far, the best we've done with that so far this year."

The largest lead Susquehanna held was just four points. In the first 10 minutes of the opening half, the two teams exchanged leads a handful of times and Susquehanna tied it up at 19-all. Eastern then started to build up its giant lead, however Susquehanna never hung its head.

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