North Penn Girls shut down by Souderton


Daelin Brown

BASKETBALL- After a promising first quarter, the North Penn Knights fell to the Souderton Indians on Friday, February 2nd.

TOWAMENCIN – The North Penn Girls Basketball team found their rhythm on offense early on in Friday’s game against the Souderton Indians. Things would change over the next three quarters, however.

“We were 0 for 10 on threes, but our defense really set the tone,” said Souderton interim coach Ben Bowman.

North Penn only trailed by two points after the first quarter, but Souderton only let the Knights score 16 points over the next three quarters, en route to a 43-27 win.

“We missed a lot of shots… but we missed opportunities to get shots,” explained North Penn Head Coach Maggie deMarteleire.

North Penn started strong, with senior Jenny Hulmes burying two three pointers in the first quarter. Freshman point guard Alli Lindsay chipped in five points, including a three pointer of her own. Souderton was led by senior Alaina Cardona, who scored six points in the frame.

“Offensively we were patient in the first quarter, and then we started making bad decisions, trying to make passes through two or three people,” explained deMmarteleire.

North Penn was limited to only five points in the third quarter, and only 11 after halftime.

It was all Souderton from that point on. With Cardona in foul trouble, Kate Connolly was a key contributor for the Indians on defense, as well as on the boards.

“[Kate Connolly] got us some easy layups and helped us settle down a bit,” noted Bowman.

Connolly finished with 10 points and Megan Walbrandt led the Indians with 11 points.

For North Penn, Jenny Hulmes finished with 8, and Alli Lindsay had 7.

“Alli plays with a chip on her shoulder, which I like, and she has a high basketball IQ,” said deMarteleire, pleased with the way the freshman provided some offense for the Knights.

The amount of turnovers was too much for North Penn to overcome, as the fourth quarter opened with Souderton’s Megan Bealer and Megan Walbrandt scoring transition layups off of steals. The Knights only scored six points in the fourth, four of which came from Val McGriff, who saw her first action in the last period.

The Knights play at Lansdale Catholic this Sunday at 1:30 p.m.


NP: Hulmes 8 pts, Lindsay 7 pts, McGriff 4 pts, Hewlett 3 pts, McKenzie 3 pts,

Souderton: Walbrandt 11 pts, Connolly 10 pts, Cardona 8 pts, Dowd 4 pts, O’Donnell 2 pts, Bealer 2 pts