The visiting Crusaders buried seven 3-point field goals to stymie the Wildcats, 67-52, in a Pioneer Athletic Conference contest between schools tied for third place in the standings.

Lindsay Formica poured in 26 points and Leanne Kovacs added 18 for the Crusaders (8-3). Sophomore Katelin Formica drilled three treys for nine points.

Caryn Exley led the Wildcats (7-4, 8-7) with 14 points, including one trey, while Brittany Martin totaled 12 points. Katrina Brumfield finished with nine points and a game-high 11 rebounds.

"They are a great team," said Owen J. Roberts coach John McCormick. "They beat us by 15 after we beat them by 10 (52-42). They came fighting back, which is the sign of a good team when you make sure it doesn't happen twice."

Lansdale Catholic broke a 13-13 tie on Kovacs' last-second 3-pointer from the left corner to end the first quarter up 16-13. The Crusaders followed that up with a 7-0 spurt to start the second period and never trailed thereafter. The visitors led 31-22 at halftime.

The Crusaders shot 24-for-51 (47 percent) from the field and 12-for-13 at the free throw line. OJR wound up 20-for-52 (38 percent) from the floor and 10-for-14 at the charity stripe.

"We tried man and zone," McCormick said. "We didn't have many more options. They (Crusaders) stepped up. That is all there is to it.

"We fought. But we were desperate. Then you make more mistakes, gamble and really get beat."

The firepower pleased Crusaders coach Maggie deMarteleire, whose ballclub had been struggling offensively in the early going of the season.

"That is the first time we were shooting well," deMarteleire said. "We haven't shot well from the perimeter. We really shot very well tonight and we needed it."

LC's 20-footers struck a dagger in the Wildcats, who were coming off a big victory over St. Pius X.

Lauren Healy (eight points) and Brumfield starred in that contest, which deMarteleire witnessed. Those were the two players she was especially concerned about defending.

She even deployed a diamond-and-one defense on Healy that proved to be effective.

"Everything runs through her (Healy)," deMarteleire said. "Brumfield is a rebounding machine and Martin. They really do hustle off the boards.

"I was nervous at the end. They were getting easy putbacks or we fouled them. We had to play the way we were playing. We were much more aggressive. They are a very well-balanced team."

LC carried a 54-40 advantage into the last eight minutes. The Crusaders outscored the Wildcats 23-18 in the third stanza, draining four threes in the process.

The Wildcats closed the gap to 59-50 on Martin's putback at 2:12, but the Crusaders made eight straight free throws down the stretch to put the game away.

Martin had six rebounds for the 'Cats. Kovacs pulled six caroms for the winners while the Formicas and Michele Brokans had five each.

OJR won the junior varsity game 39-25.

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