CB South snaps Pennridge’s three-game winning streak
The opening eight minutes went better than planned for the Pennridge boys basketball team Friday night.
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Pennridge began the fourth with six consecutive points — a Dietterich breakaway dunk making it 48-37 — and got within eight at 51-43 on Schmidt’s three. But South went 6-for-6 from the foul line in a 1:09 span to push its lead back to 14.
Hatboro-Horsham’s Mike Brown tries to get past Souderton’s Austin Murphy during Tuesday’s Suburban One Continental Conference action.