North Penn rolls past Lans­dale Catholic

North Penn Life - - Sports - By Mike Cabrey

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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.”

Ma­her was a big part to the Maidens fast start Satur­day DIWHrnoon, VForLnJ fiYH oI KHr 12 points dur­ing a 9-0 run to open the con­test.

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.”

Se­nior Lau­ren Crisler finLVKHG wLWK D JDPH-KLJK 19 points — scor­ing 15 of 1orWK 3Hnn’V 28 firVW-KDOI points — as the Maidens (2-0) bounced back af­ter a slug­gish open­ing to Fri­day’s 58-46 win over Perkiomen Val­ley. North Penn did not KDYH D fiHOG JoDO Ln WKH firVW quar­ter against the Vik­ings, although they led 6-1.

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.

North Penn led by as many DV 14 Ln WKH firVW HLJKW PLnutes — the last time at 19-7 — be­fore LC col­lected the finDO Iour SoLnWV Wo Jo LnWo the sec­ond trail­ing 19-11.

“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.

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