Ne­shaminy girls just flat out­gun­ning op­po­nents

The Advance of Bucks County - - PBUCKOSLOCARLNETWS.SCOM - By John Glee­son

The ac­tion in Fred derst gym at Ne­shaminy High School on Dec. 18 proved en­er­giz­ing as Red­skin round­ballers on both the var­sity and ju­nior var­sity level bat­tled Ben­salem in a spir­ited quadru­ple-header.

The mar­quee matchup for Ne­shaminy fans was the first var­sity game fea­tur­ing coach Joe Lally’s red hot Lady Red­skins and coach Don Bo­gan’s high-fly­ing lwls. do­ing into the game, Ne­shaminy sported an un­de­feated 2-0 record. They took a close 58-53 win over Cen­tral Bucks West in the sea­son opener. Sarah lliveira led the Red­skin’s scor­ing with 16 points. Lori Paulits took scor­ing hon­ors in game two when she poured in thirty points as the ‘Skins dis­man­tled Harry Tru­man 59-3T.

Ne­shaminy knew that their early suc­cesses would not guar­an­tee a vic­tory over the lwls. Ac­cord­ing to Sarah lliveira, ju­nior for­ward, the Red­skins aimed to play an up-tempo, ag­gres­sive game. “We knew that one of their best play­ers Tyra Roberts was go­ing to be out. That just en­cour­aged our guards to drive in the lane be­cause she was big. Also we wanted to shut down Ashida Cooper.”

The strat­egy cer­tainly fit the ‘Skins’ team pro­file. With only one six footer listed on their ros­ter, Ne­shaminy needs to com­pen­sate for a lack of size with very ag­gres­sive play. In Sarah’s es­ti­ma­tion, “ln de­fense, we work on traps. The of­fense tries to con­vert the turnovers and find gaps in the other team’s de­fense.”

The strat­egy worked against Ben­salem as Ne­shaminy took a 10-6 lead at the end of the first quar­ter. Though ahead, the Red­skins were not con­tent. “When we were only up by four, we re­al­ized we needed to push harder and ap­ply the pres­sure, and over­all, play bet­ter de­fense. Also, we needed to look for the open shots when they were there.”

The press and run scheme re­sulted in a 25-6 half­time lead. Me­gan Schafer keyed the at­tack, steal­ing the ball sev­eral times and feed­ing off to open team­mates. Sarah and se­nior team­mate Lori Paulits, who counted for a good deal of the scor­ing, ap­pre­ci­ated Schafer’s role.

“Me­gan is awe­some to have as a point guard. vou couldn’t have a bet­ter one. vou know when you’re open on of­fense you al­ways know to put your hands up be­cause Me­gan will get you the ball.”

Though seem­ingly in con­trol, Ne­shaminy knew not to let up. “lur coach told us we were do­ing well and keep it up. He re­minded us that we needed to play the full 32 min­utes.”

The ‘Skins heeded

the coach’s warn­ing. They im­proved their lead to 45-10 by the end of the third quar­ter and then cruised to a 5514 vic­tory, a win that cer­tainly proved a con­fi­dence booster. “We felt good be­cause last year, we only beat them by three points. To make such a leap from last year was so help­ful for ev­ery girl on the team.”

Ne­shaminy had cer­tainly met one of its pre­sea­son goals. “We wanted to stay united through ev­ery­thing, wins or losses. We want to stick to­gether and get bet­ter and get back to the gym to work on our game. We never have a lot of time to be happy. vou can be happy right af­ter the game but the next morn­ing in the gym you work just as hard.”

The whole ef­fort cer­tainly cre­ates team unity, a qual­ity ev­i­dent in the Red­skins’ early games. Sarah feels, “We’re such a fam­ily now with our new coach. We are

even though we push each other in prac­tice. We work hard and try to make each other bet­ter. I am so proud of us. We’ve come such a long way from last year. I love our team.”

The boys var­sity team did not fare as well in the day’s fi­nale. Fac­ing a high pres­sure Ben­salem squad, coach Jerry Devine’s charges were out­gunned in the first quar­ter. The lwls’ fast-paced of­fen­sive at­tack, spear­headed by Leo sin­cent, raced out to a 20-4 lead af­ter the first quar­ter. They never looked back as they cap­tured their sec­ond big SlL vic­tory by a 6T-48 score.

Re­gard­less of the out­come, Ne­shaminy fans had def­i­nitely been treated to an in­vig­o­rat­ing early hol­i­day gift.

Mor­gan Gold­en­baum drives the base­line for the lady Red­skins.

Me­gan Schafer drives the lane for the Ne­shaminy girls team.

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