Lady Monarch Basketball Cruises Past Keystone: 65-41
In the final non-conference game of the season, the King’s Lady Monarchs basketball team cruised to victory past visiting KeystoneCollege, on Monday Jan. 21, 65-41. The Lady Monarchs improved to 13-4 with the victory and Keystone fell to 9-7. The senior duo of Lindsay Atchinson and Celia Rader combined for 33 points to lead the Lady Monarchs.
Inclement weather caused Keystone to arrive late at Scandlon Gymnasium. Early on, both teams shot and played as cold as the weather as the score was only 8-2, King’s, with 12 minutes remaining in the first half. The Lady Monarchs extended their lead to 19-4 as they held Keystone without a basket for over nine minutes. The Lady Giants finally snapped the scoreless drought when Charlene Hook made a free throw and the Lady Monarch lead was 19-5. After that the Lady Monarch offense began to get in rhythm as they closed the half on a 13-0 run, keyed by three three-pointers from Rader. The Lady Monarchs took a commanding 32-5 lead into the locker room.
King’s kept things up to start the second half, building up 30 points at 41-11 before head coach Brian Donoghue began to take the starters out. The Lady Giants did manage to cut the lead to 17 on the Lady Monarch backups with six minutes to go, but the Lady Monarchs never quit, and led by 20 points the rest of the way.
Atchinson posted her usual double-double, recording 17 points and pulling in 12 rebounds. She also had three assists and three steals. Rader followed with 16 points—
12 of which were from beyond the arc—six rebounds, and three steals of her own. With her performance, Rader moved within 35 points of reaching 1,000 for her career. First-year Jennifer Fabian had a nice game, tallying nine points and 11 rebounds. The leading scorer for the Lady Monarchs, Kaitlin Michaels, contributed as well, but in an unusual way. She recorded just two points but posted a double-double with 12 assists and 11 rebounds. The Lady Monarchs played stout defense, forcing 26 Keystone turnovers, 14 of which were steals.
Jazmyn Robinson was the leading scorer for Keystone, recording 14 points along with five rebounds, four assists and four steals. She was the only Lady Giant to score in double figures.
After traveling to Misericordia and earning an important Freedom Conference win on Wednesday, the Lady Monarchs lost in Allentown against DeSales on Saturday. The Lady Monarchs now sit at 14-5 and 6-2 in conference play.
King’s will host EasternUniversity on Wednesday, Jan. 30 on what could be an historic night, as Rader needs six points to reach 1,000. After that the Lady Monarchs begin the homestretch of the season, hosting FarleighDickinsonUniversity on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 1 p.m.