Jenk­in­town top­ples Pioneers

News-Herald (Perkasie, PA) - - OPINION - By Nick Iuele

It turns out that re­venge is a dish best served in the con­fer­ence tour­na­ment.

It was no easy task, but Jenk­in­town edged Christo­pher Dock 34-25 in the open­ing round of the Bi­cen­ten­nial League Tour­na­ment. Aveng­ing an early sea­son loss, the top-seeded Lady Drakes strug­gled early, but turned things around in the fourth quar­ter to take con­trol of the game. Jenk­in­town guard bmma Dor­shimer kept her team afloat, drop­ping 25 points, 10 of which came in the cru­cial fi­nal pe­riod.

“I don’t know why we started slow,” Jenk­in­town coach Jim Ro­mano said. “They were really ex­cited about the game and I thought they would come out fir­ing and ready to go. It was prob­a­bly nerves, but I don’t ex­pect that out of this group. But, de­fense wins games.”

Dock kept the game close the en­tire way, but an ex­pe­ri­enced Jenk­in­town team used de­fense to bail them out of a poor shoot­ing night by any­one not named bmma Dor­shimer. Luck­ily for the home team, the slow start did not hurt too badly.

“Some­times we just start out really slow,” Dor­shimer said. “But I think we warmed up through­out the game and stepped up at the end. I felt good, but it can’t just be me. I feed off my team­mates.”

To put it lightly, the Lady Drakes got crushed on the boards, specif­i­cally by Dock’s Keerece Seuren, who had a team-high 10 points. Although the Lady Pioneers were win­ning the bat­tle of the boards, they strug­gled to put the ball in the net more times than not, mak­ing life a bit eas­ier for Jenk­in­town to get sec­ond chances on missed op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“We bat­tled, but we have had dif­fi­culty gen­er­at­ing of­fense in the half court,” Dock coach Tim bhst said. “It was pretty much a de­fen­sive bat­tle like the first time we played. We have had dif­fi­culty find­ing con­sis­tency on the perime­ter.”

Dock was down just two points with two min­utes re­main­ing in the game, but when it came time to hit its foul shots, Jenk­in­town was up for the moment. The Lady Drakes went 7-for-9 from the char­ity stripe in the fi­nal pe­riod, all of which were hit by Dor­shimer. Dock’s Olivia Lon­gacre had five of her seven points in the fourth, in­clud­ing a three to take a brief lead in the mid­dle of the pe­riod, but Jenk­in­town kept the Pioneers from scor­ing even when they got the ball with time on the clock.

“We had dif­fi­culty scor­ing

in the paint other than Kereece and we had foul trou­ble with Lau­ren An­der­son,” bhst said. “We have some raw tal­ent in the post, but we need to grow in the spot on the court and make it more of a strength. I’m hop­ing we can build on the progress from this sea­son and make it a threat next year.”

The game got off to a rough start. It took four min­utes for ei­ther team to score, and even when the points came, the first quar­ter ended 6-4 in fa­vor of Dock thanks to a Lon­gacre steal-and­score as time ex­pired.

The scor­ing picked up a bit in the sec­ond, but Dor­shimer had 12 of Jenk­in­town’s first 14 points. The Lady Drakes strug­gled to re­bound, which kept Dock in the game in the early go­ing. Olivia Seavy came off the bench to lead Dock with four points in the first half.

As the Lady Drakes await the win­ner of the other quar­ter­fi­nal, Dor­shimer hopes that the close game was a wake-up call.

“I think we need come out with in­ten­sity,” Dor­shimer said. “Some­times we have a prob­lem with that. But in the next round we need to come out bet­ter than we did tonight.”

For Mont­gomery Me­dia / SU­SAN KEEN

Jenk­in­town’s Lau­ren Shenk goes for a re­bound against Faith Chris­tian’s Tay­lor Barnes dur­ing Mon­day night’s Bi­cen­ten­nial League ac­tion.

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