North Penn rolls over Pen­nridge

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

With their head coach hos­pi­tal­ized with a bro­ken an­kle and their lead­ing scorer side­lined with an in­jury, the North Penn girls bas­ket­ball team was able to go out and bat­tle past Pen­nridge 47-19 Thurs­day night to earn at least a share of the Sub­ur­ban lne’s Con­ti­nen­tal Con­fer­ence ti­tle.

Cen­tral Bucks West needs to win at home Fri­day against last-place Hat­boroHor­sham to earn a share of the ti­tle with North Penn.

Ju­nior Erin Ma­her was a con­sis­tent force for the Maidens, scor­ing 11 points and grab­bing 12 re­bounds to help North Penn get a piece of its first con­fer­ence crown since win­ning the SlL’s Pa­triot Di­vi­sion back in 1996.

“I was born in 1996,” Ma­her said with a smile, “so this feels awe­some. It means a lot. The last two years, we didn’t get as far as we wanted to, so even though we’re shar­ing it, it feels great to have the con­fer­ence.”

The Maidens (12-2 con­fer­ence), af­ter lead­ing by six at half­time, pulled away in the third quar­ter. sicky Tu­masz hit Jenn Hal­co­v­age un­der­neath on a fast break to ex­tend the mar­gin and mo­ments later Ma­her nailed a three at the top of the key to make it a 23-14 lead. North Penn would go ahead by 17 at the end of the third.

“We didn’t come out as strong as we wanted to, but in the sec­ond half we got a good pep talk from (as­sis­tant coach Lau­ren) Bud­weg,” Ma­her said. “We came out pretty strong in the sec­ond half so hopefully that gets us go­ing for play­offs.”

Bud­weg took over the coach­ing du­ties for head coach Mag­gie deMarteleire, who suf­fered a bro­ken an­kle at home on Tues­day but was ex­pected to be re­leased from the hospi­tal later in the evening on Thurs­day.

“I think the girls re­sponded well and it took us a lit­tle to get go­ing, but at the end they turned it around,” Bud­weg said. “I thought Erin played a great game, picked up some slack for a lot of peo­ple, and this is great for the girls. This is our first ti­tle since 1996, and it’s a credit to the girls. They’ve done what they needed to do to turn the pro­gram around.”

Hal­co­v­age hit a pair of threes in the sec­ond half and added 10 points and Tu­masz scored nine for the Maidens,

who should get se­nior for­wardL­cen­ter Lau­ren Crisler (an­kle) back for the play­offs.

Alex sil­lella hit two threes for the Rams, whose lone lead came early in the sec­ond quar­ter at 9-8. Pen­nridge (2-12 con­fer­ence) trav­els to lwen J. Roberts tonight for its sea­son fi­nale while North Penn awaits the district seed­ing meet­ing on Sun­day.

“We def­i­nitely stepped up in big games,” Bud­weg said, look­ing back on the reg­u­lar sea­son. “Tues­day night (against West) was a big game for us and it gave us a lot of mo­men­tum head­ing to­wards the play­offs, and I think we

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