Brett’s three lifts Hat­ters over Bears

The Willow Grove Guide - - OPINION - By Nick Iuele

ni­uele@mont­gomerynews.

com Although Hat­boro-Hor­sham and Up­per Moreland will not wow you with their records, no one has ever ac­cused ei­ther team of not putting it all out there ev­ery game. This one was no dif­fer­ent and it needed a big three at the end to set­tle it.

With the score knot­ted at 35-35 wLWK 1:48 UHPaLQLQJ in the game, Amanda Brett hit a three from the cor­ner to give the Lady Hat­ters a three-point lead they would QRW UHOLQTuLVK, fiQLVKLQJ RuW a 39-35 YLFWRUy RYHU USSHU Moreland. The sec­ond half was a bit shaky for H-H, but good de­fense and clutch shoot­ing in the fourth quar­ter gave them a much-needed win.

“I was so ner­vous,” Brett said of the even­tual gamewin­ner. “I had only hit one three in the game and I was on the bench really want­ing to go in. I love shoot­ing from the out­side. You get a rush when you shoot it and the crowd gets really ex­cited. We really needed a win so I was glad the shot went in.”

H-H was up fairly big unWLO WKH fiQaO SHULRG. WLWK OHVV WKaQ fiYH PLQuWHV WR JR LQ the game, Up­per Moreland’s harli Lynch hit a big three­p­oint play grab the lead. Lynch, who had six of her 12 points in the fourth, led the come­back, but H-H set­tled down and stopped turn­ing the ball over at alarming rate.

“We de­cided to play a lit­tle late to­day,” Up­per Moreland FRaFK EG DHFNHU VaLG. “, don’t know if it was a hang­over from last night’s game, but we lit them up a lit­tle af­ter a half­time. We just didn’t get the bucket we needed at the end.”

One word that ad­e­quately de­scribes this game would be phys­i­cal. There wasn’t more than a three-minute stretch where some­one wasn’t hit­ting the deck. Whether it was div­ing for loose balls, try­ing to ex­tend a play or charg­ing to­ward the bas­ket, both teams put it all on the line through­out the game. Although th­ese teams will not be men­tioned in the play­off races, they have big hearts and that goes a long way.

“Both teams work really hard,” H-H coach Steve

Flynn said, “The bot­tom line is, both teams were really re­spon­si­ble on de­fense for most of the game. They are both very phys­i­cal on ei­ther side of the ball. There were not many easy op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

The Lady Hat­ters were GoPLQDQW LQ WhH fiUsW hDOI. Only al­low­ing six points in HDFh oI WhH fiUsW WZo TuDUWHUs, H-H caused many turnovers and chal­lenged al­most ev­ery shot Up­per Moreland took. Only Lady Bears’ cen­ter Me­gan Penecale, who had QLQH oI hHU 11 SoLQWs LQ fiUsW half, got through the de­fense and af­ter that she wasn’t hHDUG oI DgDLQ uQWLO WhH fiQDO pe­riod. H-H made ad­just­ments through­out the game and it paid off.

As good as the Lady HatWHUs ZHUH LQ WhH fiUsW hDOI, they may have got­ten a bit too com­fort­able. Although the de­fense still held Up­per Moreland in sin­gle dig­its in WhH WhLUG TuDUWHU, WhHy oQOy scored six them­selves. Be­cause of the poor third, H-H ZHQW LQWo WhH fiQDO SHULoG with an un­easy nine-point cush­ion.

“It was a bit more in­ter­est­ing than it had to be,” Flynn said. “It seemed like ev­ery­one wanted to hit the big shot in­stead of work­ing the ball in­side or wait­ing for a bet­ter shot. That is an ex­am­ple of our in­ex­pe­ri­ence. You want them to shoot in the meat of the game, but we gave a 12-point lead back.”

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