North Penn holds off Soud­er­ton

North Penn Life - - Sport - By An­drew Mar­cus amar­cus@jour­nalregis­ter. com

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.

“7RnLJKW wDV GLI­fiFuOW bH­cause we all knew it was a very emo­tional game for them,” Maidens coach Mag­gie deMarteleire said. “It is very sad, and I thought they

were go­ing to come out and play in­spired bas­ket­ball and that is what they did.”

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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.”

In the third quar­ter fresh­man Mikaela di­u­liani and ju­nior Erin Ma­her got ac­tive on the of­fen­sive glass and sec­ond chance op­por­tu­ni­ties helped the Maidens take con­trol. Ma­her pulled down eight re­bounds and scored seven of her 11 points in the WKLUG TuDUWHU. GLuOLDnL fin­ished with 10 re­bounds and six points.

“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.”

An 11-5 scor­ing ad­van­tage for the Maidens in the third quar­ter sent the sec­ond round ri­valry game LnWR WKH finDO HLJKW PLnuWHV all knot­ted up at 24-24. Nei­ther team was hav­ing its best shoot­ing night and it looked as though the most cre­ative and de­cep­tive de­fense was go­ing to come out victorious.

“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.”

The In­di­ans were the fiUVW WR ODy WKHLU KHDUWV Rn the line. Need­ing a stop to even see pos­ses­sion again, Pi­card forced an over-and­back in­frac­tion and gave her club the ball with 40 sec­onds re­main­ing down D fiHOG JRDO. 3LFDUG’V GULvH fell short, but there was Sarah Der­stein to pull down her 10th re­bound of the night. Der­stein was fouled and the en­su­ing in­bound pass went into Pi­card.

“,W wDV GHfinLWHOy nHUvHwrack­ing,” Ma­her said. “te were play­ing the guess­ing game, with who were they go­ing to go to and what screens they were go­ing to set. te just really had to com­mu­ni­cate.”

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.”

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