Vandermark's late shot lifts LCM past Lady Warriors

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ERMA – The Lower Cape May Regional girls basketball team was on the verge of being upset by Wildwood Friday night.

That is, until Jill Vandermark hit the mark at a most important time.

Vandermark’s banked shot from 12 feet with six seconds to play lifted the Lady Tigers to a 49-48 win over county rival Wildwood in the regular-season finale for both teams.

Vandermark’s basket gave Lower (17-9) its first lead since the team held a 5-4 advantage early in the first quarter.

Wildwood built a lead as high as 14 points in the second quarter, led by 12 at halftime and still enjoyed a comfortable eight-point edge going into the fourth quarter. But Wildwood had some trouble with Lower’s full-court defensive pressure in the fourth quarter and also missed some key free throws in the final minute.

“They probably deserved to win,” Lower coach Scott Douglass said. “They outplayed us pretty much the whole game.”

Vandermark finished with 10 points. Teammate Lauren Holden scored a game-high 18 points.

Jess Freeman tallied 17 points and Leishly Reyes added 14 for Wildwood (14-11).

“Our kids played hard,” Wildwood coach Dave Troiano said. “This is the kind of game you replay in your head all night while you’re laying in bed trying to fall asleep.”

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