Crusaders fall short of Pennsbury
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Unfortunately for the Crusaders, visiting Pennsbury made sure it never left the senior’s grasp.
With a chance to force overtime or claim the win, Brokans was unable to get off a shot before time expired and the Falcons held on to earn the 51-49 nonleague victory.
“I wished I had the shot EDFN, MusW EHFDusH LW wDs fivH seconds,” Brokans said. “I just wish I got a shot off to get a chance.”
Brokans had eight of her team-high 16 points in the fourth quarter as Lansdale Catholic (2-7, 0-1 Philadelphia Catholic LeagueF tried to rally from a seven-point GHfiFLW HDUOy Ln WKH SHULoG EuW HnGHG uS OosLng LWs fiIWK straight.
“I made it a point to, early on, try and run something for the team. And I’m like, you know what, if we ever get the chance, I’m always going to put it in Mary Kate’s hands,” dlemser said. “Because I feel most comfortable with her driving or looking to score. So, I always give her the opportunity to go out and win it for us, because I think see deserves that, being the senior.”
Sajanna Bethea paced all scorers with 22 points as the Falcons (7-2, 2-1 Suburban One League NationalF collected its second-straight win.
“,W’s D wLn, EuW WKH flow of the game wasn’t to our liking,” Pennsbury coach aonna Nicholson said. “We didn’t play very well, but we played well in spurts.”
After Brokans knocked down a jumper in the corner pulling Lansdale Catholic to within 47-46, Berthea hit a short jumper to give Pennsbury a three-point edge. With 23 seconds remaining, Kaitlin Kelly connected on both ends of a one-and-one at the foul line to make it 51-46 Falcons, but Brokans answered with a three from up top, cutting the margin to two.
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Kelly chipped in eight points for the Falcons. gae gackson collected seven points before leaving the game after injuring her knee driving to the basket at 4W47 in the second quarter.
“How she hurt her knee, it’s scary,” Nicholson said. “You know, the thing with her is she wants to play, she wants to get back on the court. Hopefully, it’s a minor injury, a minor setback.”
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Christopher Dock’s Lauren Anderson looks for a shot between a host of MaST Charter defenders during Wednesday’s Bicentennial League game.