Ju­nior trans­fer de­liv­ers for Pen­nridge

Ju­nior trans­fer de­liv­ers in debut for Pen­nridge

The Reporter (Lansdale, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Mike Cabrey mp­[email protected]­tu­ry­media.com @mp­cabrey on Twit­ter

Ju­lia Krei­der shined in her Pen­nridge debut as the Rams girls bas­ket­ball team rolled in its sea­son opener Fri­day night.

Krei­der, a ju­nior Cen­tral Bucks West trans­fer, scored 14 of her game-high 18 points in the first half as Pen­nridge pulled away in the sec­ond quar­ter and routed Faith Chris­tian 71-23 in the first game of the Pen­nridge Tip-Off Tour­na­ment.

“She’s a nice ad­di­tion,” said Rams coach Mike El­ton of Krei­der. “She’s go­ing to help us a lot.”

Pen­nridge jumped out to a 20-6 lead in the first quar­ter be­fore Faith cut the mar­gin in half by scor­ing the next seven points — Syd­ney Heller’s two free throws pulling the Li­ons to within 20-13 at 7:16 in the sec­ond quar­ter.

But the Rams shook off some early foul trou­ble and over­whelmed the Li­ons with their pace on both ends of the court to end the half on a 23-3 run, go­ing into the break lead­ing 43-16 af­ter a Sam Muredda 3-pointer.

“I think our de­fense was good, our help de­fense and step­ping in,” Krei­der said. “We’ve got to work on the fouls but that will come.”

Emilee Cramer had 11 points while Ash­ley Gor­don chipped in 10 points for the Rams (1-0), who eclipsed 70 points for the first time since beat­ing Freire Char­ter 71-31 on Dec. 28, 2015.

“I just like the fact that we’re play­ing as a team bet­ter than we have in the past,” El­ton said. “So we spent a lot of time on at­ti­tude and ef­fort. And a lot of it was just watch­ing them start to put it to­gether. So they’re just more in sync I think.”

Pen­nridge faces the win­ner of Gwynedd Mercy-Tru­man in the tour­na­ment fi­nal at 3 p.m. Satur­day while Faith Chris­tian (0-1) takes on the loser in the con­so­la­tion at 6 p.m.

Heller’s 10 points paced Faith Chris­tian, who had a tough

night on of­fense – scor­ing 12 points in the fi­nal three quar­ters af­ter putting up 11 in the open­ing eight min­utes.

“Lit­tle bit of spurt, we ran out of gas,” Li­ons coach Dave Forker said. “Pen­nridge played great, the shot the lights out. So I know we’re kind of the David in this Go­liath tour­na­ment with 6A schools — I guess Gwynedd’s not that size — but we ex­pected to do a lit­tle bit bet­ter than what we did to say the least but hats off to Pen­nridge for what they were able to do.”

Krei­der got off to a quick start, scor­ing seven early points – the last five the start of a 12-0 run that gave the Rams a 17-4 lead af­ter a Cramer jumper.

“I think my first game the en­ergy and my team­mates were sup­port­ing me the whole time,” Krei­der said.

A Cramer 3-pointer put the Rams up 20-6 be­fore Heller knocked down a triple and Stephanie Cicero drove for a bas­ket to cut the Li­ons’ deficit to 20-11 at the end of the first quar­ter.

Heller’s two free throws 44 sec­onds in the sec­ond had Faith within seven. Af­ter a Gor­don jumper, Joy Hiss­ner’s foul shot made it 22-14 but from there the Rams col­lected the next 16 points to lead 3814 af­ter a pair of Corinn Mart free throws at 1:30.

“It was nice to know that our prac­tice is pay­ing off,” Krei­der said.

The Rams ex­tended their lead to 57-18 af­ter the third and led by much as 49 (7122) in the fourth.

JAMES BEAVER/FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Pen­nridge ju­nior Ju­lia Krei­der (11) at­tempts the steal against Kaylee Paul (11) of Faith Chris­tian Fri­day night.

JAMES BEAVER/FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Pen­nridge ju­nior Ju­lia Krei­der (11) moves the ball up the court in a game against Faith Chris­tian on Fri­day night.

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