North Penn holds off Souderton
The foul spaces were left unoccupied and Souderton junior Bianca Picard had nothing in front of her except the basket. However she had the support of her teammates and community behind her no matter the outcome in the District lne Class AAAA game against North Penn. The clock read 1.0 seconds and a technical foul gave the Indians two foul shots and possession. Picard made one free throw and the half court prayer that followed clanked the front of the rim, allowing the Maidens to move on with a 35-34 win.
The Maidens will continue their push for a District lne crown on Saturday against Upper Dublin (55-28 winners over Abington on tednesday) and secured their spot in the state playoffs for the third time in four years.
Heartbroken about the loss, yes, but it did not even come close to the heartache the Indians and the Soud- erton area were feeling on tednesday. tith the passing of assistant coach Tom telch in the morning, who lost his battle with bone cancer, the girls remembered what really is important.
“that our team experienced today with the loss of coach telch really puts things into perspective,” Indians coach Lynn Carroll said. “As much as we wanted to win this game in his memory, what the girls decided to do tonight was courageous and inspiring. I am just really proud of this team right now.”
telch has been there for the Indians every step of the way and the Indians did their best to honor him with their best effort. thile the Maidens sympathized, the sixth seed could not let the emotionally charged contest alter their effort.
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“te stressed patience on offense and defensively we stressed help on Lauren Crisler ( who finished with a game high 13 points),” Carroll said. “It was plays we have seen them run and plays they have seen us run. Unfortunately it did not end up in our favor.”
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“I thought Erin Maher stepped up in the third quarter and Mikaela made some big plays also,” deMarteleire said. “As a freshman she is a pretty cool customer. te needed somebody to step up.”
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“lur shooting was off, but we played good defense,” deMarteleire said. “te put things in in practice because of the way they defended us the last time.”
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Picard’s jersey was pulled behind the threepoint line in what looked to be in the act of shooting. But instead of three shots, it was the technical call, which helped emphasize the life lesson. The Indians FRnWLnuH WR fiJKW IRU D 3,AA berth on Saturday against Abington, but on tednesday night that really did not matter.
“Coach telch is the kindest person I know,” Carroll said. “He has the most wonderful family. He was a great man who gave a lot to this program. I really don’t care that we lost. The only reason I care is because it would have made the girls feel better. There are more important things in life than winning a game.”