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Buchholz, who had only scored two points in the junior varsity game against Phoenixville earlier in the night, dropped in 15 points and added six rebounds as LC stormed past the Lady Phantoms, 64-14.

"We were just all pumped because it was Senior Night, and we all just wanted to come out and show what we are made of," Buchholz said.

Head coach Maggie deMarteleire started the game with an all-senior lineup of Karen Bloomfield, Lindsay Formica, Leann Kovacs, Liz Smith and Bridget Clemens, who opened up a 15-8 lead on the strength of Formica's 11 points. Formica would finish with 24 points, nine rebounds, two steals and a block, despite sitting out more than two quarters of the game.

Coach deMarteleire inserted a brand new lineup in the second quarter, and this time it was Buchholz who led the way for the Crusaders.

She scored 12 points in the second - six of which came off of offensive rebound putbacks - and collected five rebounds in all.

"She did a great job. Her offensive rebounding in the second quarter alone was just outstanding. She is a very, very good rebounder offensively and defensively. She has a nose for the ball and always gets into position," said deMarteleire.

The team as a whole had success on the boards, outrebounding an injury-riddled Phoenixville 38-18.

Just as the Lady Phantoms' season seemed to be getting back on track, they lost their two starting forwards to injury. Their absence - particularly on the glass - was glaring.

"It's kind of a shame because they had just won three out of their four games," said deMarteleire, "and then all of these injuries came upon them. So it's difficult for them."

Phoenixville (4-17) would score just one point apiece in the second and third quarters. Lansdale Catholic, conversely, erupted for 42 points in that stretch to give them a 47-point lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Eight LC players in all contributed offensively.

"Since we lost to Owen J. Roberts on January 3, our offensive production has been a lot more balanced," said deMarteleire. "Lindsay scores a lot of the points, but other kids have stepped up and scored eight to 12 points."

Add the sophomore Buchholz to that list.

The Crusaders (14-3) will host St. Pius on Tuesday with a chance to solidify their hold on the top spot in the PAC-10. LC is currently tied with St. Pius and Pottsgrove at 14-3 in the league.

In boys action, Phoenixville topped Lansdale Catholic, 53-49 in a game originally scheduled for Tuesday.

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