Jenk­in­town bat­tles past Phil-mont

The Globe - - COMMUNITYCALENDAR - By Nick Iuele

A bas­ket­ball game can of­ten be de­cided by freethrows. At the end of the day, Jenk­in­town was al­most per­fect from the char­ity stripe down the stretch, while PhilMont Chris­tian strug­gled to hit a pair.

“I was sur­prised to see the free throw stats af­ter the game,” Jenk­in­town coach Jim Ro­mano said. “We want to hold our op­po­nents un­der 30 if pos­si­ble and we did that. Turnovers were crit­i­cal for us. The game’s played in four quar­ters, for­tu­nately for us.”

Jenk­in­town edged PhilMont 36-29 in the open­ing game of the Ore­land Lions Hol­i­day Tour­na­ment. De­spite a heavy size and re­bound­ing ad­van­tage to PMCA, Jenk­in­town used its team speed and clutch shoot­ing to steal a win and a spot Ln WKH finDO.

The key to the game can be seen in the free-throw cat­e­gory, where Jenk­in­town went 6-for-9 and Phil-Mont man­aged a 2-for-12 per­for­mance that cost them dearly in the end.

“We like to play man-to­man and keep con­stant pres­sure, but when you’ve only got six or seven girls deep, it’s tough,” Ro­mano said. “We had to press just to gen­er­ate of­fense at times.”

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That’s when things got in­ter­est­ing.

The Lady Fal­cons came out swing­ing in the third quar­ter and it ap­peared as though the Drakes sim­ply weren’t ready for it. They were get­ting beat up in­side on al­most ev­ery de­fen­sive VWDnG DnG KDG WrRuEOH finGing the bot­tom of the net. Madi­son Kemp scored four of Jenk­in­town’s six points in the quar­ter, but four points from Carly John­son and a big trey by Katie Siebert helped give Phil-Mont a 27- 24 OHDG JRLnJ LnWR WKH finDO quar­ter.

Luck­ily for the Drakes, they woke up just in time. Af­ter get­ting stomped in the third, Jenk­in­town gave PMCA a taste of its own medicine and won the quar­ter 12-2 en route to the vic­tory. Dor­shimer had six points in the fourth, stamp­ing her mark on the game. Kemp also hit two big free throws as part of her 6-for-6 night from the line.

“I think our team de­fense was pretty good in the fourth quar­ter, we only al­lowed two points,” Ro­mano said. “They GHfinLWHOy KDG WKH VL]H Rn uV, but it was their size against our speed and we won out.”

In the loss, DeHeer saw some things he liked, but oth­ers that need to be im­proved, namely free throws.

“We were ter­ri­ble from the line and didn’t re­bound well at the end of the game,” DeHeer said. “I guess we just ran out of gas. The nice thing is they saw that they can play with [Jenk­in­town] and the FRn­fiGHnFH wLOO FRPH.”

Mont­gomery Me­dia / BOB RAINES

Jenk­in­town’s Emma Dil­lon goes up for a shot over Phil-Mont Chris­tian’s Traci Good­man dur­ing Fri­day’s ac­tion.

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