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March 7, 2014

Girls basketball: Warrior Run falls to Dunmore in first round of states

SCRANTON — At a time when her teammates were struggling offensively, Steph Shamburg took one last shot at extending the Warrior Run season and the most productive scoring career in program history.

Shamburg scored 18 of her game-high 24 points in the second half to help the Lady Defenders eliminate more than half of a large deficit, but it was not enough as Dunmore came away with a 56-42 victory in the first round of the Class AA state tournament Friday night at Lackawanna College.

With Shamburg scoring 11 Warrior Run points in a row at one point, the Lady Defenders went from 18 down in the third quarter to within eight with 1:34 to play. She finished with 18 of her team’s 23 points in the second half while the rest of the Lady Defenders were just 1-for-13.

“Steph’s been doing that for four years,” Warrior Run coach Jonathan Weaver said after Shamburg went 4-for-4 from the floor and 10-for-12 from the line in the second half. “She’s a senior you hate to see go.

“She’s as tough as they come.”

Dunmore got Warrior Run into serious foul trouble while pounding away inside during a 23-5 start to the second half. Shamburg set up inside and started getting Dunmore into similar trouble while working the Lady Defenders back within range.

“Shamburg inside was hard to deal with,” Dunmore coach Ben O’Brien said. “I thought our players did as well as they could.”

In the end, Warrior Run was unable to overcome the damage Dunmore did in the first 6 ½ minutes of the half. During that time, the Lady Bucks went 10-for-13 from the floor and retrieved two of those misses, turning both into baskets, including a three-point play.

“They were able to start the second half with that run, which was the difference in the game,” Weaver said.

Warrior Run played well early against the District 2 champions and 2011 state finalists, who improved to 25-2 on the season.

The Lady Defenders held an 8-5 lead after one quarter. Abby Fisher hit a long 3-pointer on the team’s first shot and took a steal the length of the floor for a three-point play and the last points of the quarter.

Fisher finished with 11 points.

Dunmore started to pull away in the second quarter, but Warrior Run scored the last six points of the half to complete a 9-2 run and force a 19-19 tie.

Madi Welliver, who finished with seven points and seven rebounds, drove for a three-point play to start the run and beat the buzzer with a putback for the game’s final tie.

Chloe Eisenhuth had nine rebounds and five assists for Warrior Run, which finishes at 21-7.

Kayleigh Semion shot 7-for-10, including 4-for-7 on 3-pointers, to lead Dunmore with 18 points. Mariah Maciejewski, who made all six shots from the floor, and Maddie Martin, who was 6-for-6 at the line after Warrior Run got to within eight, added 15 points each.

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