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Anyone who paid admission to see Ridley play Cheltenham in a District One Class AAAA playoff game Friday night certainly got their money’s worth ZLWK D FRPSHWLWLvH JDPH and eight minutes of bonus basketball. The Green Raiders would go on to defeat the Panthers, 61-58, in GRuEOH RvHUWLPH.
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“I was concerned because we had a lot of good looks and they just weren’t falling, sometimes you think ‘uh oh, it’s not going to be our night,’” Ridley coach Mike Snyder said.
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“The game was only being called tight one way,” Cheltenham coach Brian Johnson said.
Early in the game the lower seeded and smaller Cheltenham really came out as the aggressor with a physical presence and tough inside play seemingly embracing their underdog role.
“We just came to play,” Johnson said. “We asked our NLGV WR JR DOO Ln, WKHy JDvH HvHUyWKLnJ WKHy KDG.”
A nRWDEOH SKyVLFDO DGvDnWDJH WKDW 5LGOHy GLG KDvH ZDV center Zain Shaw. Standing at least a head taller than anyone else on the court, Shaw impacted the game greatly with his defense and his rebounding . He also quietly added a team high 16 points into the mix despite nRW VFRULnJ Ln WKH fiUVW KDOI.
“I’m just trying to play as hard as I can for the team, I’m not worried about my personal stats,” Shaw said.
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“We watched them on tape and we knew they were a vHUy GDnJHURuV WHDP,” )unsten said. “Deja (Rawls) is an incredible player and our girls did a great job on her. It was a total team effort.”
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While the 23-game win streak could be credited to a number of things, Gallagher EHOLHvHV LW’V DOO DERuW WKH coaching.
“Honestly, the coaching has been the biggest reason for us winning,” she said. “:H KDvH D ORW RI GLVFLSOLnH in practice and during games and I think the coaching has been great.”
The meeting between the Lady Cardinals and North Penn will be played at Upper Dublin Saturday at 1:30 p.m. North Penn defeated Souderton, 35-34. Souderton and Abington will play Ln WKH fiUVW SODy-EDFN URunG Friday night at Souderton at 6 p.m.