Crisler has grand night against CB South

News-Herald (Perkasie, PA) - - OPINION - By Kev Hunter

Lau­ren Crisler drove hard to the bas­ket, was fouled by a Cen­tral Bucks South de­fender, and then headed to the foul line for maybe the most mem­o­rable free throw of her North Penn ca­reer.

HHU fiUsW sKoW IHOO WKUouJK clean and the crowd erupted, as the Maidens se­nior had notched her 1,000th ca­reer point with 3 min­utes, 52 sec­onds re­main­ing in the third quar­ter Tues­day night.

“I was just try­ing to think of it as a nor­mal foul shot, but that was hard,” Crisler said smil­ing. “I knew I had all my friends there cheer­ing in the stands so that was awe­some.”

Crisler, need­ing 13 points coming into the game to reach her mile­stone, scored a game-high 17 points in all to lead North Penn to a 4429 vic­tory over the Ti­tans in a Sub­ur­ban One Con­ti­nen­tal Con­fer­ence game.

“She’s very di­verse - she can do a lot of things,” Maidens coach Mag­gie deMarteleire said of her star 6-foot-2 se­nior. “She can hit shots from the out­side, she can post up on the in­side, she’s a good passer, she’s a good of­fen­sive re­bounder - there’s just a lot of ways she can score. She’s tough to de­fend.”

Crisler got off to a fast start, scor­ing eight points in WKH fiUsW TuDUWHU Wo NHy D 16-8 North Penn lead. Crisler’s shot was there from the start, as she hit a jumper from the foul line to get things go­ing. 6KH wDs DOso fiQGLQJ UooP un­der­neath, scor­ing on a lay-in and then on a base­line jumper to push the Maidens (15-2, 8-1 con­fer­ence) out in front early.

“I just knew I had to let the game come to me. I didn’t want to force any­thing,” she said. “I can trust my team­mates so much and I knew they could pull the weight too.”

Crisler’s per­for­mance was com­ple­mented by a 16-point night by fresh­man guard Mikaela Gi­u­liani.

“I thought she really stepped up,” deMarteleire said. “She han­dles pres­sure really well.”

A jumper by Lau­ren Mosher brought the Ti­tans (10-7, 4-5 con­fer­ence) within 2116 by half­time, but it was to be North Penn’s night.

Once Crisler hit 1,000, she was mobbed by her team­mates and also her own cheer­ing sec­tion, as a large gath­er­ing of stu­dents hold­ing up Crisler signs through­out rushed onto the court to con­grat­u­late the se­nior. Crisler then gave the ball to her par­ents and UHcHLvHG D bouTuHW oI flow­ers be­fore re­turn­ing to the line to calmly sink her sec­ond free throw.

Crisler joins 10 other North Penn bas­ket­ball play­ers - both male and fe­male - to hit 1,000 ca­reer points, in­clud­ing Crisler’s former team­mate, 2012 grad­u­ate Steph hnauer.

“It feels really good. I’m really ex­cited,” Crisler said. “See­ing Steph do it last year was great, and she was one oI WKH fiUsW 1oUWK 3HQQ SODy­ers to do it in nine years. So to have it hap­pen two years in a row is awe­some.”

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