NEW HOLLAND — The Cumberland Valley girls basketball team built a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter but Abington finished on a 18-4 run — Cam Lexow’s layup off a Kassondra Brown breaking a 50-50 tie with 17.7 seconds left as the Ghosts rallied to hand the Eagles a 52-48 loss in PIAA Class 6A second round Tuesday night at Garden Spot High School.
“The bottom line was we missed free throws and we made turnovers, gave them opportunities to again have possession,” Cumberland Valley head coach Bill Wolf said. “You ended making, again, some free throws probably win and again if you take care of the ball you probably win. We do both, we definitely win.”
Julie Jekot hit four 3-pointers in scoring a game-high 16 points for the District 3 champ Eagles, who finish the season 23-5. Cumberland Valley was looking to reach its first state quarterfinal since 2016 when it won the last of three straight Class 4A titles.
“I told the girls, too, we won the district title, it was only the fourth team in the history of the school to win a district title,” Wolf said. “So while this is extremely disappointing, we did accomplish a district title and that’s pretty special. It was a great year.
Tamia Wessels hit four 3-pointers in pacing the Ghosts (26-4) with 14 points. Rhode Island commit Brown, who picked up a fourth foul at 6:31 in the third, had 13 points while Lexow added 12 points.
Abington advances to face SOL American Conference rival Upper Dublin in the quarters for the second straight season. UD won that meeting 36-31.
Courtney Campbell collected the final five points of the third quarter — her trey tying the game at 31 with her basket off a Linda Leitzel assist giving CV its first lead at 33-31.
Jekot opened the fourth with five straight points to make it 38-31 Eagles. A Lexow 3 had the Ghosts within four, but Jekot and Kuffa knocked down triples to put CV up 44-34.
Abington chipped away at the margin but still trailed 48-42 with 1:12 remaining after Leitzel made both ends of a 1-and-1.
A basket from Brown made it 48-44 and after CV missed the front end of a 1-and-1 at 59.5 seconds, Brown connected once from the line to get Abington within 48-45. After a Ghosts steal, Kaeleigh Sierianni’s free throw at 40.1 made it a two-point game.
Cumberland Valley again missed the first of a 1-and-1 at 35.5 seconds. Khalis Whiting was fouled on a drive and hit both free throws to knot the contest at 48.
As the Eagles pushed the ball up court, Brown jumped into the passing lane for a steal, then found Lexow for the go-ahead layup.
On its final possession, Cumberland Valley was called for a travel on the baseline. A Whiting basket sealed Abington’s trip to the quarterfinals.
“I thought we played a good game — except for the last three minutes,” Wolf said.
Abington had a 18-11 lead in the first quarter after back-to-back 3-pointers from Miranda Liebtag and Wessels but Cumberland Valley cut its deficit to 20-15 at the entering the second quarter.
All five points for Abington in the second quarter came from Brown while all six of CV’s points came from the foul line as the Ghosts went into the half up 25-21.