When the Indians stretched their lead to 18 points late in the second quarter, things looked hopeless for the Lady Patriots. But it was Senior Appreciation Night for the host team, and Great Valley's seniors decided to show why they should be appreciated.
"The seniors showed the way," Great Valley Assistant Coach Dickson Corbett said. "They showed what leadership is, and the team followed."
Roberta Patton, Carrie Zwaan and Danielle Rock refused to give up. Their inspired play brought Great Valley all the way back to within a single basket in the fourth quarter.
Patton was a force inside, scoring 10 points, grabbing 12 rebounds and rejecting seven shots.
Zwaan - a junior - was a force from the outside, hitting two huge three-pointers that seemed to swell the Patriots confidence. She finished with 10 points and four rebounds.
Rock provided key defensive plays, as well as knocking down important jumpers with the game on the line. She finished with nine points and three steals.
Emily Roe also played a very good all-around game, scoring eight points and grabbing six boards while controlling the ball from the point.
"We play good team offense tonight," Corbett said. "And showed good things happen when you play together."
But in the end, the deciding factor in the game was charity.
Unionville went to the line 26 times, compared to 12 for Great Valley. While the Indians converted for 15 points, the Patriots managed only six points, and that was the difference in the game.
"Unionville shot the ball well all night from the line," Corbett said. It was the Indians free-throw shooting that eventually killed the Patriots rally.
Unionville's Britt Barnes and Roe collided going for a loose ball with Great Valley down by four with three minutes left. Roe was called for a foul, much to the displeasure of coach Jim Marshall, who drew a technical foul.
Barnes converted all four free throws to stretch the lead to 8 points, and Unionville got the ball back and burned a third of the time remaining off the clock. Great Valley never recovered.
Deana Gineitis was outstanding for Unionville. She finished with a game-high 19 points, a team-high 11 rebounds and was terrific on defense.
Guard Donna Figenshu also played a strong game for the Indians, scoring 11 points, grabbing two rebounds and registering three steals.
"Unionville's got a great team, and we showed we can play with them," Corbett said. "That gives us a lot of confidence going into the playoffs."