by Renee Di Pietro
The Lady Cavaliers beat Eastern College 63 to 53 in their PAC game Saturday, Jan. 19. Junior Erin Crawford, the team’s point guard, was the high scorer of the game with 18 points. Her team leadership is present while commanding the ball on the court. She scored her 1,000th career point earlier this month, an honor that only seven other players have accomplished in team history. Her number-one fan, senior John Amerman, refers to her as the best guard in the nation.
About 125 people attended the game in the Dixon Center. The game was easily summed up as aggressive. The rivalry between the Lady Cavaliers and the Eastern Eagles was evident as players hustled up and down the court. The Lady Cavaliers led the game from the first half, but the Eagles followed closely with single digits before letting the gap widen to 10 points in the fourth quarter.
The fourth quarter is where the highs and lows of the game took place. Despite taped knees, ankles and a knee brace, crafty plays by the Cavaliers were continually executed.
Junior Colleen Dorrian had six rebounds and six points. She refers to Saturday’s game as part of the bigger picture of how their season is progressing. “I think each game it is more evident of how we are playing as a team,” she said.
Every player contributed in balancing out one another’s weaknesses and strengths. Junior Kendra Ryer led the team with nine rebounds and eight points. Sophomore Katie Kempton was the second high scorer for the Lady Cavaliers with 11 points and eight rebounds. Senior Gina Virelli had nine points and five rebounds. Taryn Repici was 100 percent with all her foul shots and had eight points. Sophomore Lisa Kqira also had two out rebounds and three points.
“The two teams went after the ball aggressively throughout the whole game,” Laura Bulley said, an spectator at the game, “the refs had their work cut out for them.