Western Wayne girls varsity hoops squad sweeps both games at Mountain View
The very last thing Colleen Kloss before she left the venerable Varden Garden Thursday night was that she hoped her girls didn't have to play two games on Friday.
Once again, Old Man Winter was threatening to wreak havoc on Western Wayne's varsity basketball slate as a yet another storm loomed on the horizon.
Perhaps predictably, that's exactly what happened, though. The season's first major snowfall paralyzed the area Saturday.
And, in anticipation of those treacherous travel conditions, officials at Mountain View decided to play the entire McLaughlin Tournament Friday night.
Despite this unfortunate development, the Lady 'Cats went out and did what they've been doing all season so far: they played hard and won both games.
Western Wayne defeated Lakeland in the semifinals (42-31), then held on for a wild win over Mid Valley in the title tilt (38-33).
"I'm very proud of the girls," Coach Kloss said. "I thought they might have dead legs, but they didn't.
"We played better on defense and were much more consistent offensively. They were good wins."
Weather permitting, the Lady 'Cats were scheduled for a key non-league game at Holy Cross on Monday.
"That should be a really good test to see where we are," Coach Kloss said. "We beat them at home last year in overtime, so we know they'll be out for blood."
Next on the agenda for Western Wayne is a return trip to Mountain View for a battle with the Eagles.
That contest is set for a 7:15 p.m. start Thursday.
Rebecca Carmody has been on fire since the start of the 2013-14 campaign.
Through four games, the junior guard is averaging just over 20 points and six rebounds per game.
"Becca is really playing fantastic basketball," said Coach Kloss.
"She's doing everything well. Anytime we need a big basket, a big rebound or a big stop on defense, she gets it for us."
Camody was particularly impressive in both games of the McLaughlin Tourney. She rattled the rims for 19 in the semifinal victory over Lakeland, then powered her way to a game-high 26 in the championship game win over Mid Valley.
For her efforts, Rebecca was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player.
"She deserved it," Coach Kloss said. "Becca is just taking control of games right now. She has another gear she can go to whenever she needs it."
Kourtney Jones and Kelsey Russo also turned in stellar efforts en route to All-Tournament Team bids.
Jones is a senior guard who made her presence felt at both ends of the floor against Lakeland and Mid Valley Friday night.
"Kourtney came off the bench and really gave us a spark," Coach Kloss said. "She hustled, made some key free throws and hit a couple of big shots."
Russo is also a senior who sees most of her minutes in the backcourt.
Kelsey tallied four points in each tourney game and earned rave reviews from her mentor for outstanding all-round effort.
"Kelsey always gives us 100 percent," Coach Kloss said. "She
Rachel Carmody led the Lady 'Cat attack in the low post at Mountain View.
The junior center was at her best in the win over Lakeland, muscling her way to a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
The Lady 'Cats trailed at intermission in this one. However, thanks to the potent 1-2 punch provided by the Carmody Twins, they dominated the second half by a margin of 29-15.
Western Wayne squandered an early lead in the title tilt, but staged a fierce fourth quarter rally to deal Mid Valley a crushing 38-33 loss.
With this win, the local lasses claimed their fourth straight victory to start the current campaign.
"We're getting better all the time," Coach Kloss said. "If we stay healthy, take care of the ball and focus on the fundamentals, we'll be in good shape."
Score by Quarters...
WW (4-0) 11 7 8 12 - 38
MV (2-2) 5 7 15 6 - 33