North Penn rolls past Lansdale Catholic
A right knee injury kept Erin Maher out of the North Penn girls basketball team’s season opener.
The junior, however, was not going to stay on the sidelines for a game against Lansdale Catholic.
“It probably would have been maybe smarter to miss this one, but it’s LC,” she said. “And it’s always competitive. It’s nice to play against them, so I wanted to play.”
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North Penn never lost the lead from there, then pulled away in the second half to defeat the visiting Crusaders 54-34 in the Lady Knights Tip Off Tournament championVKLS finDO.
“I loved the way we got off. We got off to a great start,” Maher said. “We let it up a little bit toward halftime, but I was proud of the way we didn’t let them comeback. We kept adding to our lead and by the end, we had a solid lead.”
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Saturday, the Maidens were up double digits early on the Crusaders (1-1), as a basket from Tehya Daneker inside made it 13-2 in the opening quarter.
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“We’re still rusty, but a lot better than yesterday,” North Penn coach Maggie deMarteleire said. “I thought we got a lot more open looks. And it was really important for us to get off to a good start and we did. And obviously having Erin back in the lineup helped.”
The victory gave North Penn its second straight Lady Knights Tip Off title. In the inaugural tournament last season, the Maidens EHVWHG LC 50-27 Ln WKH finDO.
In the third-place game earlier Saturday, Perkiomen Valley topped Gwynedd Mercy 50-44.
The Crusaders had three GouEOH-fiJurH VForHrV Ln WKHLr 55-45 win over GMA Friday, but had none against North Penn. Erin Brokans paced LC with seven points, while Claire Hill and Amanda Bradley each had six points.
“I felt like we were out of rhythm today and I felt like we were really slow,” Lansdale Catholic coach Heather Glemser said. “Everything was in slow motion. And then they got frustrated. I said to them, ‘You can’t get frustrated, you’ve got to continue and play.’”
deMarteleire said Maher had her knee buckle during the Maidens’ scrimmage with Spring-Ford Tuesday. For the junior, starting the season a game after her teammates brought a mix of emotions.
“It was a relief. I was really excited, little bit nervous,” Maher said. “It was everybody’s second game, so they kind of got the nerves out, EuW LW wDV VWLOO Py firVW. 7ry not to show it, cause try to be a leader and not show my nHrYHV. BuW GHfinLWHOy wDV D little bit nervous, but really excited.”
After Maher’s basket to open the third put the Maidens ahead 30-19, the Crusaders used a 7-2 run to pull to within 32-36 on Kim Talley’s baseline jumper. North 3Hnn, KowHYHr, VForHG WKH final nine points of the quarter to enter the fourth leading by 15. Maher gave North Penn its largest lead when she banked in a short jumper to make it 54-32.
“In the beginning I felt we were unlucky, but after that we just gave them so many rebounds, we let Crisler have her way with us,” Glemser said. “And that was one of the things we talked about, at least getting her off the boards because she’s so quick at getting back on the boards and getting second shots. And we just didn’t do a good job of that at all.”
In the second quarter, a Sierra Simon jumper had North Penn up 26-13 before six straight LC points cut the margin to 26-19 after a Brokans free throw with 29.6 seconds left. The Maidens, however, went into halftime up nine thanks to a Crisler putback.
Christopher Dock’s Azariah Parmer works a ball between Quakertown defenders during Tuesday’s non-league action.