Come tournament time, there are no style points awarded after each game. It's as simple as it gets — win or go home. It's better to win ugly than lose pretty.
"Well, we'd like it to be pretty,' Jenkintown senior Madison Kremp said with a smile, "but we just want to keep going as long as we can.'
The Lady Drakes earned at least another game when they battled past District 12's Parkway West, 57-31, in a PIAA Class A playoff opener at Lansdale Catholic Saturday, but there was no way it was going to be pretty.
"Going into the game, we knew that we had to just worry about ourselves,' Jenkintown coach Jim Romano said. "I don't know, it was a kind of a weird game, kind of unorthodox.'
Unorthodox because Parkway West plays an undisciplined style of basketball that produces a helter-skelter type atmosphere on the court which basically forced the Lady Drakes play a game to which they are not accustomed. Jenkintown doesn't often face teams that play the way Parkway does.
"We kind of had an idea what they were going to do,' Kremp said. "Last year in the first round of states we played a team like that so we kind of were thinking how we played last year. But we came in knowing that if we played our game, we should be able to beat them.'
Jenkintown played their game in a couple of stretches. The Lady Drakes got off to a good start as junior Emma Dorshimer scored 10 points in the first quarter en route to a 16-10 lead.
Then Dorshimer, who was saddled with foul trouble and didn't play at all in the third quarter, came off the bench and ignited a 21-6 stretch in the fourth quarter to put the game away.
In between, while Parkway West never got closer than the six it was after the first quarter, Jenkintown struggled and never managed to pull away.
It was the gut-check work of Kremp and senior Ruby Westkaemper that kept the Lady Drakes going.
"In the first half, we were kind of messed up,' Kremp said. "We were discombobulated, we didn't really know where to play and who we should switch with, so it kind of hurt us for a half.'
Despite not having Emma Dorshimer on the court, Jenkintown managed to increase its nine-point halftime lead to 11 after three quarters.
"That was big,' Romano said, "not having Em in in the third quarter and still being able to have that lead.'
When Dorshimer returned, the offense kicked into high gear.
She not only scored four points early in the period, but she made sure to get the ball in the hands of Westkaemper and Kremp at the end of fast breaks. The senior duo combined to score 15 of the final 16 Jenkintown points.
"Emma is a big help,' Kremp said. "It's good that Ruby and I have been able to develop our own games for when she's not in. If teams box-and-one Emma, we still have Ruby and I who are able to do things.
"But having Emma in the game makes it much easier for us to do things that make it easier for us to win the game.'
Dorshimer (six steals) and Westkaemper (three steals) led Jenkintown with 19 points each, while Kremp added 15 points, 12 rebounds and three steals.
It wasn't pretty, but it was a win.
"That's how it is,' Romano said. "We move on, we're looking forward to Wednesday.'
The Lady Drakes will face District 4 third seed St. John Neumann, a 51-49 winner over Steelton-Highspire, at a time and site to be determined.
Jenkintown (57): Dillon 0 0-0 0; E.Dorshimer 4 11-12 19; Kremp 6 2-3 15; Shenk 0 0-0 0; Lindenbaum-Grosbard 0 0-0 0; Westkaemper 8 3-7 19; McSherry 1 0-0 2; M.Dorshimer 1 0-0 2. Totals: 20 16-22 57.
Parkway West (31): Thompson 9 2-3 20; Cousins 0 0-2 0; McCrae 0 0-0 0; Curry 0 0-0 0; Archie 0 2-4 2; Osby 0 0-0 0; Christmas 0 0-2 0; Brown 2 1-3 6; Robbins 0 0-0 0; Williams 0 1-4 1; Foreman 1 0-0 2; Gaines 0 0-0 0. Totals: 12 6-18 31.
Three-point goals: Kremp; Brown.
Jenkintown 16 12 8 21—57
Parkway West 10 9 6 6—31