Christo­pher aock edges genk­in­town

North Penn Life - - Sports - By Nick Iuele ni­uele@mont­gomerynews. com

Christo­pher aock’s come­back win over genk­in­town is proof that some­times all a team has to do is keep it close for three quar­ters and any­thing can hap­pen in the fourth.

“Once again we come down to a close game in the fourth quar­ter and strug­gle of­fen­sively,” genk­in­town coach gim Ro­mano said. “I know the kids can score, it’s just some­thing that we need to over­come. I think it’s more men­tal than phys­i­cal.”

Christo­pher aock was down vir­tu­ally the whole game un­til D EiJ finDO SHriRG sSDrNHG D 3228 win RYHr WKH LDGy DrDNHs at genk­in­town. ae­spite Emma aor­shimer go­ing off for 19 points, aock never let genk­in­town out of its sight and pun­ished them for it in the end, outscor­ing their op­po­nents 10-5 in WKH finDO HiJKW Pin­uWHs WR sHFurH the vic­tory.

“This year is a scrappy ver­sion of our team,” aock coach Tim Ehst said. “Some­times we have trou­ble putting the ball in the bas­ket, but tonight we were able to con­tain aor­shimer and their pen­e­tra­tion to the bas­ket.”

The open­ing quar­ter show­cased solid de­fense, but abysmal shoot­ing on both sides. Of­ten rac­ing from end to end try­ing to cre­ate tran­si­tion points, nei­ther team ever set­tled down to run plays. aorsKiPHr OHG WKH LDGy DrDNHs, scor­ing all six of their points in the pe­riod. The poor quar­ter re­sulted in a 6-6 tie head­ing into the sec­ond.

The next eight min­utes weren’t much bet­ter. aock RnOy PDnDJHG RnH fiHOG goal, a three-pointer by Shea Neal, and again only man­aged six points in the quar­ter as a team. genk­in­town im­proved a bit, but still had trou­ble bury­ing shots. aor­shimer kept the of­fense mov­ing though, scor­ing anRWKHr fiYH SRinWs WR DGG WR her to­tal. Both teams went into the much-needed break Wry­inJ fiJurH RuW KRw WR Wurn around their scor­ing woes. 7KH LDGy DrDNHs WRRN D two-point lead into half­time.

aock came out ready to SODy in WKH WKirG. LDurHn An­der­son led her team’s 10-point quar­ter with four points, and even gave aock a two-point lead at one point. How­ever, four big points off the bench from genk­in­town’s 6DrDK OwHns DnG fiYH PRrH points from aor­shimer gave WKH LDGy DrDNHs WKH OHDG EDFN EHIRrH WKH finDO wKisWOH, SuWWinJ WKHP uS 23-22 EHIRrH WKH finDO SHriRG.

“Emma had a great night, be we can’t just rely on her,” Ro­mano said. “I feel like some­times we sit back and watch her play. If we are go­ing to win, we have to score more as a team.”

Con­ven­tional wis­dom says if you don’t hit your free throws down the stretch, you won’t win the bas­ket­ball game, but aock was not a vic­tim of that. ae­spite go­ing 4 of 11 from the char­ity stripe in the fourth, aock man­aged to score 10 points, in­clud­ing four RI LDnDH Hun­sEurJHr’s sHYHn WRWDO SRinWs. 7KH LDGy DrDNHs shot poorly once again and could not be saved by aor­shimer, no mat­ter how hard she tried. At the end of the day one player doesn’t win a game, team does and aock had the bet­ter team ef­fort to come out on top.

“We have to play as a team be­cause we don’t have one per­son who can just take over,” Ehst said. “We wanted to dis­trib­ute the ball evenly and score. I think this is a YHry siJnifiFDnW FRn­fiGHnFH builder. To come down here DnG win DW WKHir SODFH GHfiniWHOy JiYHs us FRn­fiGHnFH.”

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