Cru­saders fall short of Penns­bury

News-Herald (Perkasie, PA) - - OPINION - By Mike Cabrey

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.

For Mont­gomery Me­dia / MARK C. PSORAS

Christo­pher Dock’s Lau­ren An­der­son looks for a shot be­tween a host of MaST Char­ter de­fend­ers dur­ing Wed­nes­day’s Bi­cen­ten­nial League game.

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