North Penn ral­lies past Soud­er­ton

North Penn Life - - Sports - By Kev Hunter khunter@jour­nalregis­ter.com

Lau­ren Crisler scored a game-high 19 points and Vicky Tu­masz added 18 as the North Penn girls bas­ket­ball team ral­lied from a 16-point deficit to de­feat ri­val Soud­er­ton Area 56-54 in over­time cri­day night in the Sub­ur­ban One Con­ti­nen­tal Con­fer­ence opener for both teams.

Mikaela di­u­liani hit a pair of free throws to put the Maidens up 55-54 with 13 sec­onds left in OT, and af­ter a strip by Crisler on the de­fen­sive end, Bri­anna Cullen hit one of two free throws for the Maidens to ex­tend the lead to two.

Crisler then broke up a pass at the other end for one fi­nal stop and the Maidens gave their spir­ited home fans a mem­o­rable come-from-be­hind win at North Penn.

“Vicky was great, came out and hit a bunch of great shots, and I just think ev­ery­body was a lot more ag­gres­sive on de­fense,” Crisler said of the turn­around in the sec­ond half. “We were smarter with (Soud­er­ton’s) trap­ping. In the first half, our shots were just not fall­ing, but you could tell we came to­gether and picked each other up.”

Crisler was dom­i­nant on the in­side while Tu­masz drilled three cru­cial threes in the vic­tory.

Soud­er­ton Area had started the game by get­ting out to a 10-0 lead, which in­cluded a pair of 3-point­ers by Bianca Pi­card, who would foul out in over­time with a team-high 17 points.

“There were mo­ments out there tonight that showed we’re a team to be reck­oned with,” Big Red coach Lynn Car­roll said. “We have the po­ten­tial to be a very good team this year. We haven’t quite found our­selves yet but we will.”

The Big Red (1-2) main­tained a dou­ble-digit lead for most of the first half and led 25-9 late in the sec­ond. The Maidens (4-0) cut the deficit be­fore half­time, with Crisler scor­ing on a re­bound just be­fore the buzzer to make it 25-13 at the break.

Tu­masz gave the Maidens their first lead of the game, 44-43, with 2:49 left to play in reg­u­la­tion. The two teams would ex­change leads the rest of the fourth, and then Tu­masz stole an in­bounds pass and got it to Crisler, who made one of two free throws to send the game to over­time.

“I give all the credit to Soud­er­ton. They played a great game and gave us some great com­pe­ti­tion,” Crisler said. “We really wanted this game and we want to prove some­thing in this con­fer­ence.”

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