By Jeremy Balan
With a playoff spot on the table, Lick-Wilmerding High School’s girls basketball team simply got outsized and outhustled against visiting Marin Academy on Thursday.
Marin Academy’s pair of 6-footers, Emily Klein and Charlotte Marx, dominated the Tigers in the paint in a 62-46 Bay Counties League West win.
Klein, a 6-foot senior, had a game-high 24 points and 18 rebounds, while Marx, a 6-foot-3 senior, had 12 points and 13 rebounds, and the Wildcats (14-10, 4-4) outrebounded Lick 46-28 as a team.
The Wildcats were also missing their leading scorer, junior Rachel Zimmerman, who averages more than 13 points per game.
“We focus on having a full team effort and have everyone play aggressive offensively, but we always know they’re there,” said Marin Academy head coach Steve Tillson. “I don’t know how many offensive rebounds [Klein] had tonight, but she’s usually good for 18 to 20 [rebounds] every game and that’s a big part of what we count on.”
Although the Wildcats opened up a 60-33 lead early in the fourth quarter, Lick (8-12, 3-5) dominated the final frame and ended the game on a 13-2 run. All six of Marin Academy’s points in the fourth quarter came from Klein.
“We have these spurts, either in the first couple minutes of the game or in the last couple of minutes, but you only have so much time,” said Lick coach Daniel Tesfai. “We put ourselves in a hole, because we gave them second-, third-, fourth- and fifth-chance opportunities.”
One of the lone bright spots for the Tigers was the play of freshman guard Julia Thompson, who scored a team-high 12 points, took care of most of the ball-handling responsibilities and shared the team lead with five rebounds.
“We’ve been hiding her for a little bit,” Tesfai joked. “She’s just been phenomenal and has been a great floor leader out there for us.”
Lick has yet to secure the fourth and final playoff spot in the BCL West, and if Urban takes down last-place Drew today, the Tigers will be in a fourth-place tie with the Blues.
Marin Academy clinched a playoff spot with the win and has designs of knocking off top seeds Convent and University.
“The teams in our league are all really close,” Tillson said. “If we play like we did tonight, we can beat anybody.”
Julia Thompson – 12
Hayley Lew – 8
Kate Waters – 8
Erica Crew – 4
Brenda Young – 4
Emily Klein – 24
Tessa Bednarz – 14
Charlotte Marx – 12
Leigh Pomerantz – 9
Amanda Klein – 2