VARDEN — Over the course of the past four years, Alexix Roman has developed into one of the premier post players in the entire Lackawanna League.
Wallenpaupack Area's star center has evolved from shy and tentative as a frosh to confident and aggressive as a senior.
On Monday night at the venerable Varden Garden, Western Wayne fans got a firsthand look at Roman … one they're not likely to forget anytime soon.
"She is a very good player and she hurt us at both ends of the court, but especially on offense," Coach Colleen Kloss said.
"When we pressured their guards and fronted Roman, they had a tough time of it. But, when they got the ball inside to her, we were in a little bit of trouble. "
Paupack skipper Adam Holtzer concurred.
"Alexix is the whole package," he said. "She's a very good athlete who can score almost at will. Alexix also rebounds extremely well and plays very good defense."
Roman powered her way to another double-double on Monday. She poured in a game-high 18 points and also pulled down 12 boards in leading the Lady Bucks to a 54-41 road victory
With this win, Paupack upped its overall record to 9-2 on the season. The local lasses are also off to a 2-0 start in Division Two of the Lackawanna League.
Western Wayne dropped to 7-3 overall and 1-1 in divisional action.
Both teams will be back on the hardwood Thursday night. The Lady Bucks host archrival Honesdale, while the Lady 'Cats travel to Abington Heights.
Each of these contests is set for a 7:15 p.m. tip.
Power in the Paint
Page 2 of 3 - Paupack's coaching staff has been preaching an "inside-out" approach to the offense this season.
Guards like Bridgette and Nicki Mann are charged with getting the ball inside on a consistent basis. Once that's accomplished, Roman can do one of two things: power up for a shot or kick the ball back outside for a perimeter look.
In Monday's contest, the Lady Bucks were most effective when Roman went to the rim.
"She had her way with us a little bit," Coach Kloss said. "Roman is very hard to deal with when she gets the ball and attacks the basket. We tried to deny her the ball and pressure their guards into mistakes, but we didn't do it enough."
Paupack opened up a 17-10 margin after one quarter and extended that lead to 39-16 at intermission.
Western Wayne did stage a furious rally in the third period, but the Lady 'Cats eventually ran out of gas in the final eight minutes.
While Roman dominated the post, a trio of Paupack sharpshooters sniped away from the perimeter.
Danielle Palazzi led the way with 11 points on the strength of three field goals, one trey and a 2-for-3 stint at the charity stripe.
Bridgette Mann also dialed it up from long distance, draining two deep treys and finishing up with eight points. Nicki Mann chipped in with one 3-ball and five points.
Irene Dispenza (four pts), Paige Hiller (four), Raeann Ehrhardt (two) and Kaelyn Ragonese (two) rounded out the Lady Buck scoring.
Over & Out
Western Wayne has been playing extremely well this winter and the Lady 'Cats tried desperately to claw their way back into this one.
Sophomores Rebecca and Rachel Carmody paced the offensive atttack.
Page 3 of 3 - Rebecca poured in a team best 14 from her point guard spot, while Rachel contributed 13 to the cause with a pair of treys.
Bridget Quinn did a solid job on Roman defensively and added six points at the offensive end.
Caleigh Wildenstein and Kelsey Russo each chipped in with four points.
Score by Quarters...
WA (2-0) 17 22 5 10 – 54
WW (1-1) 10 6 17 8 – 41