CR North’s effort the difference against GA
months of the offseason, but one Krasna wanted his played to enjoy as well.
A terrific first half on both ends coupled with solid foul shooting in the second half allowed the Indians to fend off a rally-mined Germantown Academy 60-50 in the opening round of Souderton’s Jim Church Classic.
“They really committed themselves in the offseason and that gave them a little bit of an edge,” Krasna said. “Guys worked really hard and dedicated themselves. We told them you weren’t going to win the game tonight, you won it in April, March and May. I think it gave them a level of confidence they relied on.”
GA couldn’t buy a bucket in the first half, with the Patriots watching three 3-point shots and a layup all go halfway down then out of the rim but that didn’t cost them the game. Council Rock North was better on both ends of the floor and it showed in the score.
Neither team could score for nearly four minutes, but GA didn’t get on the board until there was 2:56 left in the first quarter and North led 5-0. Patriots coach Jim Fenerty noted it wasn’t anything fundamental, his team just wasn’t playing as hard as the Indians were.
“I give Council Rock North a lot of credit, they came out and played a lot harder than we did,” Fenerty said. “I think we can not rely on just out-scoring people. It’s a lesson we keep trying to teach out guys and we’ll have to continue to do that.”
Germantown Academy can certainly fill it up most nights, especially with Jordan Longino and Brian Basile pacing the offense. Krasna and Indians knew that, and they also knew it would be a team job to slow down GA’s scorers. Playing a 2-3 zone, the In
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Plymouth Whitemarsh’s Lainey Allen shoots over Norristown’s Brooke Heim Friday night.