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Strong finish lifts Alvernia women’s basketball over rival Albright

Knotted in a tie game in the fourth quarter, Alvernia continued to put the ball in the hands of point guard Jordan Karmonick, and the senior continued to deliver.

Behind 12 points from Karmonick, the Golden Wolves outscored Albright by seven points over the final seven minutes of play to lift Alvernia to a 69-62 win over the rival Lions in a Middle Atlantic Conference Commonwealth women’s basketball game on Saturday at the Bollman Center.

“(We were) just sticking together and feeding off the atmosphere,” Karmonick said. “Keeping our cool was definitely huge in the fourth quarter.”

The Golden Wolves (4-4, 12-7) finished the game on an 18-11 run, which was kickstarted by a 13-0 scoring burst midway through the fourth quarter. Karmonick drilled back-to-back 3-pointers, giving Alvernia a 64-51 lead with less than three minutes to play to put the game out of reach.

“Jordan is the point guard that we rely on,” Golden Wolves coach Rayne deMarteleire said. “We want the ball in her hands in big games like this because she can knock down foul shots, she can also hit 3s.”

Karmonick finished with 17 points, 14 of which came in the second half. She also had 10 rebounds, five assists and two steals.

“She works to the point of exhaustion,” deMarteleire said about Karmonick. “She’s every coach’s dream, because she’s going to leave it all out there on the floor.”

Alvernia shot 50 percent from the floor in the fourth quarter and 42.9 percent overall. The Lions (4-4, 7-12) never led in the game, which was tied on only three occasions.

“We kept our composure,” deMarteleire said. “We concentrated on our defense.”

With the win, the Golden Wolves sweep the season series against the Lions. Alvernia has won four of the last five meetings between the programs.

“Albright is a tough team,” deMarteleire said. “It means a lot to us.”

Alvernia opened the first quarter on a 15-8 run, however, Albright did not fade away quietly and responded with an 8-3 run. The Golden Wolves led 18-16 after one quarter.

Alvernia opened the second quarter with a 14-4 run to take a 32-20 lead, its largest of the first half. The Golden Wolves led 32-26 at the break.

Forward Kayla Williams led Alvernia with 12 points in the first half and finished with a team-high 19. The senior also had 12 rebounds, eight blocks and seven assists.

“I’m so happy with Kayla,” deMarteleire said. “Having a veteran leader like that that’s not just a one-dimensional player that’s able to deliver on every aspect is huge for us.”

The two teams played an even third quarter, but Alvernia stayed in front. The Golden Wolves led 47-43 heading into the fourth.

In the fourth, Albright tied the game 49-49 and again at 51-51 but never took the lead. The Lions shot just 25.6 percent from the floor in the game and were led by junior guard Mackenzie Dover, who finished with 19 points.

“It’s huge,” Karmonick said about the victory. “It’s always a big rivalry game.”


Source: Berkshire mont

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