Knights defense prevails against Titans offense


Prasham Jobanputra

Alli Lindsay drives to the rim in the second half with several Titans nearby.

TOWAMENCIN- After the loss against CB West on Tuesday, the Knights wanted to come back to the court with more energy and they were successful.  On offense they pushed the ball up court to create a fast pace and on defense, they created a lot of pressure with their full court press.

The North Penn Knights (8-3) beat the CB South Titans (4-7) 47-35 in a Friday night matchup in the North Penn High School gymnasium.

Alli Lindsay found Val McGriff on a pretty bounce pass for a layup to start the night as the Knights went up 2-0 with 7:12 left in the first quarter.  Taylor Hinkle responded on the other side with a three and South took the lead.  But it didn’t last for long as Alaina Mullaly knocked down a mid-range jumper to give the Knights a 4-3 lead.  With 4:15 left in the opening quarter, Alyssa D’Orazio’s jumper gave the Titans a 7-6 lead.  A three from freshman Ali Johns tied the game at 9, with 1:32 left in the first quarter.  Fellow freshman, Abby Plaugher, then went to the free throw line and knocked down both of her free throws to give the Knights the lead, 11-9, where the scored remained for the rest of the quarter.

“That group that we had in at the end of the first quarter into the second quarter, that I thought was the spark.  I thought that was the changing point of the game.  There were a lot of subs in there and there were a lot of kids who maybe don’t play a lot of minutes, but they were ready to play when we needed them tonight and that’s awesome, that’s all we can ask for,” Coach Jen Carangi said.

Both teams were scoreless in the second quarter until there was 5:24 left in the first half, where Val McGriff went 2/2 at the free throw line.  The Knights got their lead to double digits after Lindsay’s three-pointer with 1:53 left in the first half as the score was 21-9.  But it was all about the Titans for the remainder of the half as they went on a 7-0 run to close out the quarter and the score at halftime was 21-16 North Penn.

The Knights came out of the locker room ready to roll for the second half as they won the third quarter 18-11 to jump into the 4th quarter with a 39-27 lead before their eventual 47-36 win.  A key factor in the second half was Alli Lindsay, who dictated the pace and was either finishing at the rim herself or dishing it to a teammate for a layup.

“Well in the first half, my shot wasn’t going in so I knew I needed to get to the basket.  Once I started getting to the basket, they started covering me a little more, so I knew my teammates would be open.  So, I started to look for them which helped out because they were in a position where they could score, so that was good,” Lindsay, who had 8 second half points, said after the game.

The Knights next game is at Pennridge Tuesday for a date with the Rams at 7:00.

“Pennridge is tough.  I feel like every league game that we have, there’s never an off night, so Pennridge is tough.  They are going to come out, they are going to be shooters, they’re going to be physical, so it’s going to be a game like this again,” Coach Carangi said.

CB South: Schiesser 2 pts, D’Orazio 3 pts, Waltrich 3 pts, Burke 4 pts, Schaller 4 pts, McSorley 4 pts, Erb 7 pts, Hinkle 8 pts

North Penn: Dunn 2 pts, Plaza 2 pts, Plaugher 4 pts, Mullaly 4 pts, Adams 4 pts, Early 5 pts, Johns 5 pts, McGriff 10 pts, Lindsay 11 pts