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