North Penn rallies past Souderton
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.”