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January 21, 2013

Women's basketball: Former District 4 stars trying to get their teams to the postseason

WILLIAMSPORT -- In December, when former Mifflinburg star Katy Fogel, now at Elizabethtown College, met up on the court with Shikellamy's Rachael Scheller and Milton's Ali Derr, both key members of Lycoming College's women's basketball team, all three were trying to help their teams ignite after slow starts.

When they met again on Saturday, there were few hotter teams in the Commonwealth Conference and the game took on a playoff atmosphere inside Lamade Gym, as both teams were in the thick of a seven-team race for five conference playoff spots as the second half of the conference schedule commenced.

Predictably, the game came down to the final moments, with Elizabethtown holding off a charging Lycoming, 52-49, and as could be expected, all three former District 4 stars made their impact known in the game.

Fogel, a starting shooting guard, factored into several categories on the stat sheet, posting four points, five assists and three steals, proving particularly effective during the Blue Jays' opening 15-1 run.

"We came out really intense on defense," Fogel said. "We forced some turnovers and then in the second half, I don't know if the break affected us, but Lycoming came out and played really tough."

Derr, a starting forward, posted eight points, seven rebounds and three steals for the Warriors, as she tied the game at 43 with 3:07 left with two free throws. Scheller, the Warriors' starting point guard, added six points and five rebounds, scoring four points in the final 10 seconds to try and lead the Warriors to the comeback win.

However, Elizabethtown stayed red hot, as it has been since the first meeting with Lycoming, a 70-62 loss, turning a 1-6 start around by winning eight of its last nine to move into fourth in the Commonwealth with a 6-4 record, two games ahead of fifth-place Lycoming.

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