Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

She Literally Did It All for Rangers

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

She Literally Did It All for Rangers

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When a player has an exceptional performance, particularly late in a game, it can be easy to rush and say that they "single- handedly" willed their team back into or won a game. Oftentimes, this isn't actually the case, as basketball is obviously a team game that requires many players to pitch in and score.

Last Saturday in the WPIAL, however, a game took place that defied traditional hyperbole.

In the Fort Cherry girls' basketball team's 41-22 loss to Trinity in a non-section game, guard Jenna Lucas scored each one of her team's points in the game, bringing a new, and literal, meaning to the term "single-handed."

"I have never been associated with [anything like] that," Fort Cherry coach Gary Kacsur said of Lucas' accomplishment.

Included in Lucas' 22 points were four made 3-pointers, more than any other player recorded that night in the WPIAL.

Impressive as the feat was, there is some context to attach to Lucas' scoring total. In the first quarter of the game, the Rangers lost junior guard Rachel Bellhy to an ankle injury. Bellhy entered the game against Trinity averaging 18.2 points per game, making her not only Fort Cherry's leading scorer, but also one of the top scorers in the WPIAL.

Kacsur said the injury will be re-evaluated this week. In the meantime, the Rangers, who have just two seniors on their roster, will look to make due without their star player.

"She's very important to our team," Kacsur said. "The girls look up to her. When she goes and Jenna goes, the whole team goes. Everyone's important on our team and they need to step up a little more with our top scorer down."

While it is unreasonable to expect Lucas to account for 100 percent of her team's points like she did last Saturday, Fort Cherry will be relying more on its second-leading scorer and assist leader in wake of Bellhy's injury.

The Rangers (7-8, 4-5) have four games left in the regular season and though they have a losing record, they are still in contention for one of the top four spots in Class AA Section 4, which would give them a spot in the WPIAL playoffs.

But even if Fort Cherry is unable to qualify for the playoffs, it will be hard to forget an equally extraordinary and bizarre performance in late January from its junior guard. …

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