Knights lose to Monarchs after tough second half


Prasham Jobanputra

Senior Alayna Faison defends against GMA's Kaylie Griffin.

TOWAMENCIN- It was only a 4-point game at halftime but by the time the final buzzer sounded, it was a 21-point game.

The North Penn Knights (7-11) lost to the Gwynedd Mercy Academy Monarchs (12-6) 53-32 in a Saturday afternoon match in the North Penn gymnasium.

“I guess the easiest way to sum it up is, they came out in the second half and played basketball and we didn’t.  That was our worst game of the season,” Head Coach Jen Carangi said.

The Knights came out fast to begin the game and went on a 10-1 run including three-pointers from sophomore Alli Lindsay and junior Alaina Mullaly in the first 4:06 of the game.  But then the Monarchs went on a 10-0 run in the next 2:20 capped off by a Bianca Coleman three and gave the Monarchs an 11-10 lead.  Junior Valerie McGriff retook the lead off her bucket assisted by junior Carley Adams.  But Kaylie Griffin made a layup off a euro step and the Monarchs had a 13-12 lead into the 2nd the quarter.

Senior Cayla Sharkey made a mid-range jumper and made the score 14-13 to begin the 2nd quarter.  Sarah White made a three and gave the Monarchs a 16-14 lead and they went on to a take a 22-18 advantage into halftime.

After halftime, everything clicked for the Monarchs while the Knights could not catch a break.  The Monarchs outscored the Knights 31-14 in the second half including 16-7 in the 3rd quarter and 15-7 in the 4th quarter.  Carly Bachinsky scored 10 points in the second half and Reganne Flannery made 3 three-pointers to help the Monarchs build that big advantage.

“In halftime, we talked about the adjustments that we were making and what we were gonna do and what they were doing to us in the first half.  And we just came out and we just couldn’t score, we couldn’t take care of the ball…it kills us,” Coach Carangi said.

The Knights will be back in action Tuesday at Quakertown High School for a game against the Panthers.

“We need to get ourselves together [and] bounce back.  We play Quakertown at Quakertown on Tuesday night and just come out ready to play…if we don’t get wins then we put that playoff hope in jeopardy,” Coach Carangi said.

North Penn: Lindsay 8 pts, Mullaly 6 pts, Adams 6 pts, McGriff 4 pts, Sharkey 2 pts, Faison 2 pts, Dunn 2 pts, Doran 1 pt, Plaza 1 pt

Gwynedd Mercy Academy: Bachinsky 13 pts, Flannery 11 pts, White 9 pts, Coleman 8 pts, Griffin 6 pts, Martin 6 pts