Lady Lions run ends in regional semis

Angel Barnes of Elizabethtown-Lewis drives to the basket against Courtney Bova of Hammond.

Angel Barnes of Elizabethtown-Lewis drives to the basket against Courtney Bova of Hammond. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— The Elizabethtown-Lewis Lady Lions are hoping not to return to Potsdam any time soon.

After losing a heartbreaking 1-0 overtime loss to Chateauguay in the Class D soccer regional finals in November, the Lady Lions returned to town to face Hammond in the Class D regional semifinal March 5, this time falling to the Red Devils, 47-31.

The Lions fell behind early to the Red Devils and the scoring prowess of Alyssa Crosby, the top scorer in Section X, who scored 14 points in the first half to lead the Hammond attack.

“They had a lot of options on offense,” Lions head coach Don Ratliff said. “They move the ball fast around the perimeter. This is the best team that we have played all season, and we knew that was what we were up against.”

Junior Lily Whalen led the Lions (19-2) with 15 points to go with four rebounds, three steals and one assist. Junior Shonna Brooks scored eight points along with two steals, two blocks, one rebound and one assist. Sophomore Jasmin Barnes added seven points, seven rebounds, one steal and one block, while freshman Emma Disogra scored the final point of the season for the Lions while grabbing a pair of rebounds.

Senior Kearsten Ashline led the Lions with eight rebounds to go along with two assists, two steals and two blocked shots. Senior Kylee Cassavaugh added four assists and a pair of steals, while junior Savannah Graves had two rebounds and senior Crystal Grady had one rebound. Junior Angel Barnes had three rebounds to go with one assist, one steal and one block.

“We played hard and we had a great season,” Ratliff said. “I am proud of they way that this team played and I am pretty excited about the future of this team.”

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