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what we can do.”

In the fourth quar­ter, North Penn drew even at 35 apiece on a jumper by Rachel Dunne. The two teams went back and forth un­til the Knights went ahead for good on a pair of free throws by Adams, mak­ing it 39-38.

“We had to bring up our in­ten­sity and we did,” said Adams, who sank five cru­cial free throws in the fi­nal frame.

The Knights got out on the Vik­ings’ shoot­ers, and when Val McGriff (11 pts) bat­tled for a re­bound on a missed three by PV’s Kelly Owens (12 pts), McGriff was fouled and calmly sank both free throws to ex­tend the mar­gin to 4238 with 1:40 to play.

Adams drib­bled out the clock and sank three foul shots to help put it away for North Penn. Seven dif­fer­ent play­ers con­trib­uted points for the Knights.

“That’s the way our sea­son’s gonna be this year, and we told them, we’re gonna need ev­ery­body to step up,” said Carangi. “We’re gonna need ev­ery­body to play, ev­ery­body to score, and what­ever they give us is what we’re gonna take.”

North Penn be­gins play in the Sub­ur­ban One League Con­ti­nen­tal Con­fer­ence on Thurs­day with a home game against Soud­er­ton Area. The Vik­ings host Owen J. Roberts in a PAC Lib­erty clash on Wed­nes­day.

“I know the fi­nal score was not in our fa­vor,” PV first-year coach Kelly Sor­ber said of the opener, “but the way we played is show­ing teams that we can play with high-cal­iber teams this year, de­spite what­ever we lost from last sea­son.”

North Penn jumped out to a 6-1 lead early, not al­low­ing Perk Val­ley to find open shots.

The Vik­ings got go­ing on a three by Owens and then tight­ened things to 8-7 on a three by Gabby Mari­nacci.

Mo­ments later, Mari­nacci got a strip at mid­court, streak­ing to the bas­ket for the easy layup to put Perk Val­ley ahead for the first time, 9-8.

The Vik­ings ended the first quar­ter with an 11-10 edge.

Both of­fenses started to get into more of a flow in the sec­ond quar­ter, with a three by Adams draw­ing things even at 15 apiece.

Emma Mi­ley put PV ahead for the last time in the first half, mak­ing it 1715 in the midst of a 12-4 run by the Knights.

Seven first-half points by Adams and six by McGriff had North Penn ahead at the break, 24-21.

Perk Val­ley hit six threes in the con­test.

“We are a three-point shoot­ing team,” Sor­ber said. “Most of my girls that step out on the court can shoot a three.”

The Vik­ings went up 35-31 early in the fourth on a three by Owens, but open shots were harder to come by in the fi­nal min­utes.

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