When Delone's Maddie Comly took the court on Wednesday night, she knew that she and her Squirette teammates needed to show more energy and intensity than they did Saturday in a loss to Gettysburg.
The Squirettes did just that in a 52-31 victory over New Oxford (2-4).
The contest was full of runs and turnovers, but in the end, Delone had more depth and size than New Oxford.
"We had some flashes of brilliance and some moments that left a lot to be desired," Delone Catholic head coach Gerry Eckenrode said. "We did enough to win tonight but need to be on top of our game from start until finish, and I don not think we did that tonight."
Delone (5-1) received a huge performance from Comly, who finished with a game-high 17 points.
From the onset, Comly controlled the game for the Squirettes and gave them the poise that they needed to fend off a feisty Lady Colonial team.
"I saw the holes opening up in the zone tonight and they were switching on screens, so I just took the opportunity and took them to the basket," Comly said.
Comly got the Squirettes on the board first as she hit a jumper from the free-throw line. On the Squirettes' next possession, she hit Mary Gingrow down low with a beautiful pass to put the Squires ahead 4-0. That pass was a theme the Squires would have much of the night.
"They did not have a lot of tall girls, so we knew we had the height advantage and we tried to use that as much as possible," Comly said. "The game plan was inside-outside to see if we could work the ball down low and capitalize on our strength, and tonight it worked."
Delone jumped out to an early 20-6 lead, but New Oxford scored nine straight points to close within five with just over two minutes remaining in the half.
The Colonials, who only have one senior and nine players on their team, had received a great first-half performance from center Taryn Crone, but she got into foul trouble at the three-minute mark. The Squirettes took advantage of that and closed the half on a 9-0 run of their own to head into the half with a 29-15 lead.
New Oxford cut the Delone lead to seven points late in the third quarter, but Abbey Sponseller followed her miss with a layup, and that was the closest the Colonials would get.
"Despite the loss, I think we had great effort tonight," New Oxford head coach Mike Sanders said. "We did not play very well Tuesday night against South Western, so I was pleased with our ability to come back and play better tonight. We are going to have nights like tonight where we give great effort and then nights like last night.
"I thought our turnovers tonight were from attacking the basket whereas in the last three games, we were passive out front. By the end of the year, we will get there."
For the Squirettes, it is all about becoming more consistent as soon as possible.
"We have our high and low points," Comly said. "We are trying to work on our consistency, and we wanted to come out with a fight since we lost our last home game. We didn't want that to happen again. We came out hard and finished hard."
Despite being pleased with the win, Eckenrode agreed with Comly.
"We need to get better," he said. "Maddie really performed well. She stepped up and took control of the game from the end of the third quarter on. We needed someone to do that because we were fluctuating from a 7- to 11-point lead, and she just took off and gave us some breathing room."
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NEW OXFORD (31)
Jensen Sneeringer 4 1-2 12, Lindsey Miller 3 3-4 10, Crone 2 0-2 4, Lawrence 1 1-1 3, Clinton 1 0-0 2, Thomas 0 0-1 0. Totals 11 5-10 31.
DELONE CATHOLIC (52)
Maddie Comly 7 3-3 17, Abbey Sponseller 4 2-5 12, Ball 3 0-0 6, Becker 3 0-1 6, Gingrow 2 1-2 5, Mall 2 0-0 4, Durbin 0 2-2 2, Ugarte 0 0-0 0, Thomas 0 0-0 0, Wilson 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 8-13 52.
New Oxford 3 12 10 6 -- 31
Delone Catholic 15 14 8 15 -- 52
3-point goals -- New Oxford 4 (Sneeringer 3, Miller); Delone Catholic 2 (Sponseller 2 ).