Cold shooting costs SV girls
Raiders bow to Shaler, 42-19
Butler Eagle
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January 28, 2013

JACKSON TWP — He didn’t see it coming, which made it all the more difficult for Rob Lombardo to watch.

Seneca Valley’s girls basketball coach spent most of Thursday’s Section 3 clash with Shaler shaking his head in disbelief.

The Raiders managed three or less points in three quarters — shooting just 3-of-29 from the field in the first, third and fourth periods — in a 42-19 loss to the Titans at William Paul Gymnasium.

Shaler (9-9, 3-5) is in the playoff hunt after a poor start.

“We talked all week about how important this game was,” said Shaler coach Neal Martin. “We started 0-5 (in the section) and the girls may have been second-guessing themselves, but it’s a hungry group. They want to win.”

The Raiders are mired in a five-game losing streak, but Lombardo was optimistic entering Thursday’s game.

“We had our two best practices of the year the last two days,” he said. “I was most disappointed with our overall effort tonight.”

The Raiders trailed 18-14 at the break and proceeded to make just one of 12 field goal attempts in the third quarter as Shaler won the period 12-3 to take a 30-17 edge into the final eight minutes.

SV never threatened down the stretch. Emily Crisci scored the team’s lone points of the fourth period with under five seconds left in the game.

The Raiders struggled from the floor all night. Even when the team scored 12 points in the second quarter, it shot just 31 percent (5-of-16) from the field. Throw in 22 turnovers and a 2-of-9 effort from the free throw line and it was a night Lombardo would like to forget.