Crusaders fall short of Pennsbury
Her team down two points with just five seconds left Monday night, Lansdale Catholic girls basketball coach Heather Glemser had no doubts about putting the ball in the hands of Mary Kate Brokans.
rnfortunately for the Crusaders, visiting Pennsbury made sure it never left the senior’s grasp.
With a chance to force overtime or claim the win, Brokans was unable to get off a shot before time expired and the Falcons held on to earn the 51-49 nonleague victory.
“I wished I had the shot back, just because it was five seconds,” Brokans said. “I just wish I got a shot off to get a chance.”
Brokans had eight of her team-high 16 points in the fourth quarter as Lansdale Catholic (2-7, 0-1 Philadelphia Catholic League) tried to rally from a seven-point deficit early in the period but ended up losing its fifth straight.
“I made it a point to, early on, try and run something for the team. And I’m like, you know what, if we ever get the chance, I’m always going to put it in Mary Kate’s hands,” Glemser said. “Because I feel most comfortable with her driving or looking to score. So, I always give her the opportunity to go out and win it for us, because I think see deserves that, being the senior.”
Sajanna Bethea paced all scorers with 22 points as the Falcons (7-2, 2-1 Suburban One League National) collected its second-straight win.
“It’s a win, but the flow of the game wasn’t to our liking,” Pennsbury coach Donna Nicholson said. “We didn’t play very well, but we played well in spurts.”
After Brokans knocked down a jumper in the corner pulling Lansdale Catholic to within 47-46, Berthea hit a short jumper to give Pennsbury a three-point edge. With 23 seconds remaining, Kaitlin Kelly connected on both ends of a one-and-one at the foul line to make it 51-46 Falcons, but Brokans answered with a three from up top, cutting the margin to two.
“Being the leader, I have to take those big shots,” Brokans said. “And I’m going be the one if I miss, I’ll put it on myself, so it’s fine with me.”
LC then forced a Pennsbury turnover in the backcourt, giving the Crusaders the ball with five seconds left. Brokans tried to work around the perimeter, but could not get the look she wanted as time ran out.
“It was a great game, it
was a great battle,” Glemser said. “We came back, we were like eight down, I think, and we never stopped fighting.”
Shalina Miller added nine points for Lansdale Catholic, while Rachel Hart finished with eight points.
Kelly chipped in eight points for the Falcons. Jae Jackson collected seven points before leaving the game after injuring her knee driving to the basket at 4:47 in the second quarter.
“How she hurt her knee, it’s scary,” Nicholson said. “vou know, the thing with her is she wants to play, she wants to get back on the court. Hopefully, it’s a minor injury, a minor setback.”
Lansdale Catholic heads back into PCL play Friday as it hosts Bonner-Prendergast at 7 p.m. Pennsbury, meanwhile, is in SOL National action at Truman at 7 p.m Tuesday.
rp 14-8 after a quarter, Pennsbury pushed its advantage to nine twice in the second — the last time at 24-15 on a C.J. Kruscavage free throw at 2:06. Lansdale Catholic, however, ended the half on an 11-2 run, as Claire Hill’s three-pointer from the right side sent the teams into halftime tied 26-26.
Consecutive baskets from Alexa Lucas to start the third had the Falcons leading 3026 before LC even the game 30-30 after Brokans hit a fall-back jumper from the foul line. But the Falcons collected the next five points — a Lukas jumper making it 35-30 — and never gave up the lead the rest of the con- test.
“We had the game tied, and then I think we just need to come out stronger at halftime just like the beginning of the game,” Brokans said.
Lansdale Catholic was able to slice the Falcons’ advantage down to one at 39-38 after a Hart jumper. Pennsbury responded with the final four points of the third, with Bethea scoring inside for the opening basket of the fourth, putting the Falcons up 45-38.
Christopher Dock’s Lauren Anderson looks for a shot between a host of MaST Charter defenders during Wednesday’s Bicentennial League game.