BY SAMMIE REESE – STAFF WRITER
The Susquehanna women’s basketball narrowly defeated Elizabethtown 60-59 in a crucial game on Feb. 3, securing a spot in the Landmark Conference Tournament.
After two minutes of missed shots and steals, Susquehanna sophomore Angie Shedler put points on the board with a three-pointer. Her sister, senior Sofia Shedler, followed suit shortly after, making a three of her own.
Susquehanna maintained a 14-0 run until Elizabethtown player Rachel Forjan eventually scored with three minutes left in the quarter.
This started a 7-0 lead for the Blue Jays, bringing the score to 14-7 Susquehanna by the end of the quarter.
The second quarter started with multiple substitutions on each side. Blue Jay Alyssa Aichele was the first to score, making a layup.
Crusader junior Lexi Biggs-Garcia tried to bring the momentum back from the first quarter by making a three-point shot.
However, Elizabethtown continued to hang in the game with their score creeping up.
The Schedler sisters continued to be the big scorers of the first half, with the score ending at 34-20 in favor of Susquehanna’s team.
In the second half, Elizabethtown began to heat up and made big moves, nailing shot after shot and barely let the Crusaders put any points on the board.
The Blue Jays had a 25-12 run bringing the score to 48-44 and leaving them just four points behind Susquehanna.
Tensions were high beginning the last quarter with both teams fighting for a chance to be in the Landmark Conference.
Elizabethtown’s Forjan, the first to score in the quarter, sunk a jump shot.
Susquehanna quickly mustered up their strength and went on a 6-0 run, but they continued to give the Blue Jays a chance to get back in the game. With less than 25 seconds left in the game and the score at 58-54, Elizabethtown made a quick layup but was followed quickly by another layup by Crusader junior Nikki Komara.
With just 5 seconds left, Elizabethtown’s Marissa Gingrich made a huge three-pointer, but it wasn’t enough to win. The final score of the game was 60-59, victory for the Crusaders.
After the game, Sophia Shedler said: “We came together as a team well. There were points in the game we could have broken down when they cut the lead down, but we stayed focused instead to finish it out.”
When asked about the conference championship, Sophia Shedler said: “My expectations for us is to give it all we have. We have nothing to lose, so I want us to go into the game with no regrets and leave everything we have on the court.”
The win earned the Crusaders a postseason berth and a spot in the Landmark Conference Semifinals against Scranton University on Wednesday, Feb. 24.
Scranton’s strong defense got the best of Susquehanna in this matchup, defeating the Crusaders 66-38, and ending Susquehanna basketball’s promising season.