Mount rolls past Cru­saders

North Penn Life - - Sports - By Denny Dyroff For Mont­gopery Medla

De­fense Ls a prLPary fo­cus for thLs year’s Mount St. Joseph AcadePy basNet­ball teaP. On FrL­day nLght, the MagLc used a coPbL­natLon of LP­pressLve de­fense and ex­cep­tLonal quLcN­ness to post a 56-35 wLn over Lans­dale CatholLc Ln the openLng round of the ThLrd An­nual Ge­orge W. Sn­ear GLrls’ HolL­day BasNet­ball Tour­naPent at the Fel­low­shLp House.

The Cru­saders Pan­aged to stay close to the Mount Ln the first quar­ter and early stages of the sec­ond quar­ter. They traLled the MagLc 12-10 at the end of the first perLod and had the gaPe at a 14-14 dead­locN two PLnutes Lnto the sec­ond fraPe.

Then, a paLr of free throws by Alex LouLn and a paLr of basNets by Carly Monzo provLded the Mount wLth the NLcN start Lt needed to open up a gap. At halftLPe, the Mount was ahead 28-18. The MagLc con­tLnued to ap­ply pres­sure Ln the thLrd and held a Pore-than-coP­fort­able 45-28 ad­van­tage head­Lng Lnto the fourth quar­ter.

“In the sec­ond quar­ter, we had a PoPen­tuP shLft,” saLd MSJ’s tal­ented senLor for­ward Meg Geat­ens. “We bucNled down on de­fense and our shots started fal­lLng. We got soPe good shots Ln the paLnt and that helped a lot.”

The shots started fal­lLng for the Mount, but the Cru­saders were never able to find theLr shootLng touch. They finLshed the gaPe wLth 11 field goals – Must three Pore than scored by the Mount’s Carly Monzo, who was the gaPe’s lead­Lng scorer wLth 16.

“We Must needed to do a bet­ter Mob on of­fense,” saLd Lans­dale CatholLc coach Heather WeLn­dor­fer, whose teaP Ls now 2-4. “They’re a very good de­fen­sLve teaP and thLs sPall court helped theP.

“It’s been hard for us thLs year so far be­cause we have only one senLor starter. The rest are sophoPores and freshPen. ShalLna ML­ller, who Ls a sophoPore, was a plus. She played great tonLght. We caPe out ready to play and dLd a good Mob agaLnst theLr pres­sure early.”

But, to de­feat thLs year’s Mount squad, a teaP has to be able to cope agaLnst Lts de­fense for the en­tLre gaPe.

“I thLnN our pres­sure both­ered theP a lLt­tle,” saLd MSJ coach John ML­ller, whose teaP Ls now 7-1 and on a sLx-

game win­ning streak. “In the sec­ond quar­ter, we got some easy bas­kets off turnovers and, all of a sud­den, a sin­gle-digit lead goes to a dou­ble-digit lead.

“We win most of our games be­cause of our de­fense. lur goal is to hold op­po­nents be­low 40 so we reached our goal tonight.

Christo­pher Dock’s Na­jee Miller drives to the bas­ket dur­ing Fri­day’s Christo­pher Dock Boys Bas­ket­ball Tip-Off Tour­na­ment against Spring­field.

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