WILMINGTON -- Too many turnovers and trouble making shots underneath, led to a Twin Valley girls basketball team loss to Springfield, 34-19, on Thursday evening.
The Cosmos were ahead for most of the first quarter until Abbi Molner (who also had a bucket) dished it inside to Christina Moore, who put in the layup to give the Wildcats the lead.
It was the only time they had it.
"Our team was just coming off a tough loss to Fair Haven, a game we should have won," said Springfield coach Joe Brown, whose team moves to 4-3. "Our mission tonight was execution. It’s what gave away in our last game, so we eliminated some of those problems and got the win."
The Wildcats gave up 26 possessions.
After Chelsea McAllister stuffed a Wildcat player hard, sending her to the floor, the Cosmos’ sophomore guard picked up five points to carry her team to a 7-6 score by the end of the opening quarter. She finished with 13 points.
McAllister harrassed the Wildcats for a good chunk of the matchup, crowding her opponents with quick hands and crafty steals. Teammate Sara Locke took notes, and while she didn’t hit any shots, she was also a menace on the Cosmos defense.
Twin Valley had a rough second quarter, and almost went scoreless, as Springfield piled on another nine points. Nearly half of those buckets came from Nicole Patterson, who tossed them all in from just inside the arc, and totaled eight points by game’s end.
Following that onslaught, Springfield managed to put away nine points in each subsequent quarter. It was 16-7 at the break.
The Cosmos had little difficulty setting up each offensive approach, implementing clean bounce passing and sufficient footwork, though Twin Valley’s Hannah Swanson gave them a run for their money on a few ocassions. Swanson and Moore pulled down the majority of the Wildcats’ 47 rebounds, compared to Springfield’s 31.
In third quarter action, Patterson nailed a deep one early on to give Springfield a 20-8 advantage. Then McAllister accomplished one of her patented steals and ran away with it for an easy layin.
Twin Valley trailed by 14 points heading into the stretch.
Lexi Reinertson led Twin Valley with five points, giving her best performance during the fourth quarter. Swanson, Moore, and Sammy Cunningham-Darrah chipped in with four apiece.
"Let’s call a spade a spade here," said Twin Valley coach Buddy Hayford. "It was awful. We consistently continue to out-rebound our opponents. The problem, is that we cannot score inside. Simple as that."
The 3-4 Wildcats play at Pottstown on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
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