Western Wayne's star senior forward and her twin sister are now both on the school's "Wall of Fame"

It was an emotional night for Western Wayne girls basketball fans at the Varden Garden.

The Lady 'Cats put out the welcome mat for Valley View Thursday evening in a Division I-II crossover contest, a game that carried with its major ramifications for the remainder of the 2014-15 campaign.

Coach Collen Kloss' team was fresh off a signature win over archrival Honesdale and still basking in the afterglow of Becca Carmody's entry into the 1,000-Point Club.

Despite a solid 13-6 record to that point in the season, the Lady 'Cats were still fighting for the possibility of a home playoff game come Class AAA tournament time.

“I told the girls that we really needed this game,” she said. “If we lost to Valley View, that would kind of cancel out the win over Honesdale.”

As if that weren't enough pressure, it was also Senior Night ... not to mention the fact that Rachel Carmody was on the verge of joining her sister on Western Wayne's all-time honor roll.

“Yes, it was definitely an emotional night,” Coach Kloss said with a laugh.”

“It was fun, but I'm glad it's all over, too!”

Victory Lane

Thankfully for local fans, the Lady 'Cats put aside all distractions and focused on the task at hand.

By the end of the night, everything had fallen into place: Western Wayne won the game by a score of 41-32, Carmody tallied her 1,000th point and all the departing seniors saw serious court time.

“These girls have really meant a lot to the program the past four years,” Coach Kloss said. “They're great kids and I'm going to miss them a lot.”

With this hard-fought win, Western Wayne upped its overall record to 14-6 on the season. The Lady 'Cats are now 7-4 in Division II and rising in the District Two rankings.

Weather permitting, the local lasses will close out their campaign with a pair of road trips next week.

The Lady 'Cats travel to Paupack on Monday, then journey to Delaware Valley on Wednesday night.

Starting times have been moved up for each of these Lackawanna League games.

Opening tip for the JVs is now set for 5:30 p.m., which means the varsity contests are slated to begin at approximately 6:45 p.m.

Milestone Moment

Carmody entered the action Thursday night just 17 points away from her milestone moment.

Rachel wasted no time going on the attack against Valley View. The senior power forward scored her team's first eight points as the Lady 'Cats surged to a 16-10 lead after one.

“She was absolutely on fire,” Coach Kloss said. “Rachel was definitely on a mission. There was no way she wasn't going to get it.”

Carmody is a nightmare for opposing coaches. She lines up in the low post, but also has the ability handle the ball, get out on the break and knock down long range jumpers.

On this particular night, all of those skills were on display for the hometown faithful. Carmody tallied three field goals, dialed-up a trio of treys and went 2-for-4 at the charity stripe.

Rachel's magical moment finally arrived as time ticked down in regulation.

After a brief scramble under the basket, Rebecca came up with the ball and kicked it outside to her twin sister who, was camped out at the three-point line.

Rachel completely ignored a Valley View defender and calmly nailed the trey ... a basket that gave her exactly 1,000 for her varsity career.

“I'm so happy for her,” said Coach Kloss. “Rachel is such a hard worker and she's so competitive. She's one of the most versatile kids I've ever coached.

“Rachel can do it all on the basketball court. She plays good defense, gets to the boards ... and she's pretty much unstoppable when she gets going offensively.”

Solid Win

Valley View sought to slow down the pace of the game considerably against Western Wayne's man-to-man defense.

This scrappy Cougars' squad held a high-octane offense to single digit scoring in each of the final three stanzas.

Becca Carmody was the only other Lady 'Cat to reach double figures, and she managed just 11 points.

Kylea Clark chipped in with nine, the vast majority of which came in the paint.

“She goes out there every night and gives us 100 percent,” Coach Kloss said.

“Kylea is one of the most improved players around. She's doing an outstanding job for us this year.”

Ariana Sanders and Hannah Roedel rounded out the offensive attack with two points apiece.

Western Wayne played its own brand of suffocating defense down the stretch, limiting Valley View to just 13 points in the entire second half en route to a nine-point victory.

Score by Quarters...

WW (14-6) 16 7 9 9 - 41

VV (8-12) 10 9 6 7 - 32