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Press photo by Bob BrandmeirJill Kreglow and the girls basketball team took the Vikings to overtime. Press photo by Bob BrandmeirJill Kreglow and the girls basketball team took the Vikings to overtime.

Girls fall to Vikes in overtime

Thursday, January 28, 2016 by Steve andres Special to the Press in Sports

To measure how far the Whitehall girls basketball has come this season, one only has to look at their recent game against Allentown Central Catholic.

Even though they lost the game to the Vikettes, they were able to send the contest into overtime.

This was against a team that has won the last 24 meetings against the Zephyrs dating back to the 1998-99 season.

The Zephyrs led most of the game. They would be up five at times, four another, and also three as well, but Central would always come back.

They had the chance to win it twice down the stretch, but failed to execute on the offensive end, sending the game into the extra session.

They were further hampered by the loss of Ivanna Jones who fouled out in the waning minutes of regulation. That impacted them in the OT. They eventually lost 47-41.

Still, head coach Dwight Repsher was encouraged by their performance as they were on the brink of a win against their longtime nemesis.

“It really was a great game,” said Repsher. “Once we got to the overtime, we got all ferhoodled. We couldn’t make a shot.”

In their two meetings this season, the Zephyrs were outscored by just 11 points. Over the last nine games before this season, the Vikettes had defeated the Zephs by an average of 20.2 points.

That margin of victory indicates the domination during that history and illustrates the strides the program has made under Repsher. It also helps to have an experienced team, and their seniors have made a big contribution this season. That group accounted for 27 of their 41 points.

Taylor George was tops with 11 points, while Alex Buskirk added nine. Additionally, Ivanna Jones and Jill Kreglow each chipped in with seven and Jill Rex had two.

The loss puts them at 11-8 overall and 7-6 in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference The Zephs would also own the tiebreaker if they won against the Blue Eagles on Tuesday.

However, the road got more difficult as they lost to the Blue Eagles, 49-37. The Zephs could never recover from the 14-2 hole they found themselves in after the first quarter.

Repsher said that it was a shame they lost against ACC because they played really well.

They were able to keep Neila Luma in check for most of the game, rolling their defense to disrupt their low post game, especially in the second half.

“We did a decent job of taking that away,” said Repsher.

However, Repsher said they lost track of her in overtime leading to a score, and once ACC got the lead, they spread the Zephs out and made them come out of their zone.

“In the overtime, we didn’t get done what we wanted to do,” Repsher said.

Throughout most of the game, he said they were efficient on offense.

“We shared the ball, made the right passes and made the shots,” he said.

That game was in stark contrast to last Tuesday’s game against Parkland in which they couldn’t make a shot, said Repsher.

While they got good looks, they couldn’t convert. They failed to score double digits in any quarter and wound up losing 37-22.

“We just came out cold in that game,” said Repsher.