Caitlin Conley controlled the pace for Shanahan. She scored nine points, but more importantly, she was able to break the Patriot zone, dishing out eight assists. Conley was also dominant on defense, with seven steals and five rebounds.
Kate Wisiewski and Kirsten Korcsh were on the other end of Conley's passes. Wisiewski finished with 12 points, nine of them coming in the first half. Korcsh added nine points, three rebounds and two assists.
Shanahan's Mary Samoylo registered a double-double, scoring 10 points and grabbing a game-high 10 rebounds.
Roberta Patton led Great Valley, scoring six points and grabbing a team-high six boards. Emily Roe also scored six for the Patriots.
The outcome seemed obvious early. Conley and Korcsh were able to penetrate the Great Valley zone and find their teammates for open jumpers. When they missed, Samoylo was there for the offensive board.
On the other end, Great Valley had no answer for Shanahan's pressing defense. They had to settle for long-range jump shots, none of which found the mark.
By the time the first quarter was over, the rout was on 16-2.
And things only got worse in the second quarter. Shanahan started the period by scoring nine unanswered points, thanks primarily to Conley's passes and Wisiewski's scoring. By the time Roe scored for Great Valley, her team was down by 20 points. The lead grew to 36-10 by halftime.
To start the second half, the Patriots seemed determined to find a way to work the ball inside. On consecutive possessions, Roe was able to get the ball to Patton in the paint, and she made strong moves to convert the layups. But Shanahan quickly adjusted.
The next two attempts to get the ball to Patton led to Conley steals and fast-break layups for Korcsh.
It was still a much better half for Great Valley. They outscored Shanahan 9-8 in the fourth quarter, but in the end, the huge hole they dug in the first half was too much to overcome.