On February 6, 2016, the Berks Catholic Saints defeated the Twin Valley Raiders in the BCIAA Girl’s Basketball quarterfinals by a score of 51-23.

The Twin Valley Raiders played the Berks Catholic Saints in the quarterfinals of the BCIAA Tournament at Exeter Township Senior High School. (Photo: Ariane Cain/Full Sail University)

The Twin Valley Raiders played the Berks Catholic Saints in the quarterfinals of the BCIAA Tournament at Exeter Township Senior High School. (Photo: Ariane Cain)

The Raiders appeared to be easily overmatched. At halftime the Saints led by 18 points, and scored the first 14 points of the third quarter. The Saints Devon Merritt was the leading scorer for the game, despite sitting out the entire fourth quarter.

Twin Valley’s bid for the championship ended quickly, while the Saints are projected to go deep into the tournament. Twin Valley was the 7th seed in the tournament, out of 8, while Berks Catholic was seeded 2.

The Raiders didn’t have a bad season, with a league record of 5-5 and an overall record of 14-9. They finished third in their conference, behind Berks Catholic with a 10-0 league record and 17-4 overall record, and Conrad Weiser.

The Raiders' bench watches the game as Berks Catholic scores again, increasing their lead. (Photo: Ariane Cain/Full Sail University)

The Raiders’ bench watches the game as Berks Catholic scores again, increasing their lead. (Photo: Ariane Cain)

The Saints seem to have been the Raiders weakness all season, winning both regular season games. The first game was tight, with a final score of 31-27. The margin grew in the second meeting, with a final score of 56-36. The story between the two teams culminated on Saturday afternoon, with the Saints winning by their largest margin yet.

Despite being overmatched and outplayed, the Raiders kept fighting. Mark Morrow, the Raiders’ coach, refused to let them give-up, searching for anyway to motivate the disheartened team.

Raiders' fans look on as Mark Morrow attempts to rally his team before the fourth quarter begins. (Photo: Ariane Cain/Full Sail University)

Raiders’ fans look on as Mark Morrow attempts to rally his team before the fourth quarter begins. (Photo: Ariane Cain)

Despite a lack-luster student section, the Raiders continued to compete through the entire game, lessening the Saints’ lead during the fourth quarter when all of the starters had been replaced. They drew fouls from the Saints’ second-string, and slowly chipped away at the insurmountable point margin.

The Twin Valley student section watches the second half of the game. (Photo: Ariane Cain/Full Sail University)

The Twin Valley student section watches the second half of the game. (Photo: Ariane Cain)

When the game finished the team was understandably upset, unable to see the pride they should have. The odds were stacked against them, but they were able to make their season last long enough to qualify for the County Tournament, a tournament only 8 schools were able to participate in. Twin Valley’s season may have ended sooner than they wanted, but it lasted longer than many other teams. Only one team can end the season with a win, and maybe the Raiders will soon be able to say that they lost to the County Champions.

A Twin Valley player prepares to leave the court immediately after the game.

A Twin Valley player prepares to leave the court immediately after the game. (Photo: Ariane Cain)