Hewlett, Hulmes pace Knights in win over Carroll

BASKETBALL- Bri Hewlett speeds past Archbishop Carroll. Hewlett is one of North Penn’s two returning starters.

TOWAMENCIN – The North Penn Girls Basketball team (3-0) had one huge question entering the season. Who will step up and score in place of the lost seniors? On Tuesday night several players seemed to be auditioning to fill that void, as 8 different Knights found the net in their 44-41 victory over Archbishop Carroll(1-1 ).

Seniors Bri Hewlett and Jenny Hulmes scored 10 points each to lead the Knights to the non-conference win, their third in as many games to start off the season.

“Honestly, we are further ahead than I thought we would be at this point.” said Knights Head Coach Maggie deMarteleire.

Maggie deMarteleire – NP Knights Head Coach

— Honestly, we are further ahead than I thought we would be at this point

While the Knights graduated three big name starters from the 2016-2017 team, the new look Knights have so far picked up where last year’s team left off. On the other hand, a perennial successful Carroll team found themselves coming up short when they needed to on Tuesday night.

“Our offense kind of sputtered and since we didn’t get any energy from our defense, we didn’t get any from our offense,” explained Archbishop Carroll Head Coach Renie Shields.

A pivotal part of the Knights success was the 2nd quarter when they held the Patriots scoreless, and were able to take an 8 point lead into the half.

As was expected, experienced seniors Hewlett and Hulmes carried the lion’s share of minutes for the Knights. But strong performances from freshman Alli Lindsay and sophomore Carly Adams proved a good support system to balance the offense.

“Our hustle and our heart was really important tonight. We basically just wanted it more,” said Adams.

The Knights shot an incredible 17 of 18 (94%) from the free throw line, which helped put the game away in crunch time. Carroll came within five points early in the 4th quarter but they were unable to close the gap, partially a result of many missed shots early in the game.

The Knights will next travel to Mount St Joseph’s Academy as they look to extend their early season unbeaten streak.