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Lady Bulldogs Escape Late Saints Rally

Wilson BCIn the night cap of the BCIAA girls basketball semifinals double-header, No.1 Wilson took on No.4 Berks Catholic.

The Lady Saints would jump out to an early 5-0 lead, however, behind strong inside play from Carley Brew, Wilson was able to reel off a 12-0 run to regain the lead at 12-5.  After a timeout, Berks Catholic responded nicely. Led by senior guard Katrina Balatgek’s 11 first quarter points, the Lady Saints found themselves tied 15-15 after one.

The two teams would trade baskets in the early moments of the second quarter, leaving the game tied at 22 with five minutes and change still remaining until half.  However, the Wilson girls would pull off another remarkable streak, heading into the half on a 13-0 run.  As the teams headed to the locker room, Wilson held a 35-22 lead.

Despite falling behind by thirteen, the Lady Saints emerged from the locker room proving that they would not go down without a fight.  Berks Catholic got great contributions from sophomore center Devon Merritt.  Wilson’s Ivory Bailey and Jessie Wallace seemed to have an answer for nearly every Merritt basket though.  After three quarters, Wilson still held a 47-38 lead, heading into the home stretch.

Nearly as soon as the fourth quarter began, you could see fire in Katrina Balatgek’s eyes.  The fire extended to her shooting hand, as well.  Balatgek used three third quarter three-point field goals to pull Berks Catholic to within three.  Heading into the final minute of play, Wilson held just a 53-50 lead with Berks Catholic in possession of the ball.  The Lady Saints had a chance to pull within one or tie, but their offensive possession resulted in a missed field goal.  The Lady Saints committed a foul and put Wilson’s Ivory Bailey on the free throw line with just 18.5 seconds left to play.  After converting on both foul shots, the Lady Bulldogs maintained a 55-50 lead, which would hold to be the final score.

After the game, Wilson head coach Doug Myer commended the Lady Saints for their efforts. “The way they shot the ball in the second half, they were as tough as anyone we’ve faced.”, Myer said.

Leading the way for Wilson was Ivory Bailey, who poured in 19 points.  Senior Avery Marz was also able to score in double figures for Wilson, as she finished with 11 points.

The Lady Saints were led by Katrina Balatgek, who finished with a game-high 23 points on a career-best 7 three-pointers.  Devon Merritt was able to add 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Lady Saints cause.

Wilson will square off with No.2 Fleetwood on Friday at 6 pm at Santander Arena.

About Justin Allen

Justin Allen is a 23 year old native of Pottstown, PA. Justin is a die hard Philadelphia sports fan. Justin has also written, recorded, and performed music for the last 10+ years.