After falling to the defending PAC champion Grove City Wolverines, the Waynesburg Lady Jackets traveled to Westminster and competed against the Titans at Memorial Fieldhouse Saturday afternoon.
Waynesburg never managed to obtain a lead in this game. The Lady Jackets were trailing by as many as 21 points and cut the deficit down to as much as six points. With the leadership of Westminster junior guard Magen Polczynski (16 pts., 5 reb.) and PAC player of the week Natalie Murrio (12 pts., 3 reb.), the Titans came out with the 65-58 victory over Waynesburg.
“Our intensity and effort [weren’t] there like it was for Grove City,” said Waynesburg Senior Guard Andrea Orlosky. “I think we held our own pretty well, but it just didn’t hold up at the end.”
The Lady Jackets saw the return of two starters in Saturday’s game: junior guard Kasey Kastroll (3 pts) and junior forward Brooke Fuller (14 pts., 5 reb.), which gave the Jackets a few more fresh legs from the bench.
“That played a huge role because playing seven was not ideal,” Orlosky said.
Orlosky led the way on both ends of the floor for the Jackets. Posting a double-double on the day, Orlosky had the game-high 26 points amongst both teams in addition to pulling in 15 rebounds.
The senior leadership from Orlosky is what Waynesburg head coach Sam Jones thinks is the factor that kept the Lady Jackets in the game.
“It kept us in the game when we couldn’t get a bucket from anywhere else,” Jones said. “It kept us in sniffing distance to try and make it a game.”
In comparison to the 26-turnover affair at Grove City, the Jackets limited their turnovers to 16, a factor that Jones always stresses.
“We had less turnovers, but sometimes the timing of the turnover was critical,” said Jones. “We did take a little bit better care of the ball, but we’ve got to limit the critical ones at bad moments.”
Both teams struggled from beyond the arc, but Waynesburg only went 2-21 from three-point range, which is something that Jones knows the Lady Jackets need to address before heading into their next game.
“Every shooter has a day like this. We just chose to have all of our shooters have that day on the same day,” Jones said. “We’ve got to get in the gym and get some shots up. That’s the only way they get better at making shots is to practice.”
Waynesburg plays its first home game at the Rudy Marisa Fieldhouse this upcoming Monday, Feb. 8. Tipoff is at 5:30 p.m.
“We’re young, we’re new,” said Jones. “We are just trying to play a little bit better each time but start with that energy, focus and fix some of the actual tactical mistakes that we got to fix.”