Knights take down Panthers in Silent Night for #8

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Prasham Jobanputra

At one point in the third quarter, the student section roared in excitement as the score came to 24-8, Kobe Bryant's two jersey numbers throughout his career.

TOWAMENCIN- “We have to get in the habit of playing North Penn level basketball regardless of who we’re playing against.  It shouldn’t be ‘oh we’re playing this team’ and we’re going to get ourselves all up for that game and play another team and let ourselves go.  We need to work on being consistent,” Head Coach Jen Carangi said.

The North Penn Knights (12-5) beat the Quakertown Panthers (4-13) 43-24 in a Tuesday night game at the North Penn gymnasium.

In honor of the life and legacy of Kobe Bryant, along with his daughter Gianna and the other 7 people that lost their lives in a tragic helicopter crash Sunday morning, the student section theme was purple and gold.  Along with this the Knights had a moment of silence before the game and the student section held a silent night until the Knights scored 8 points.

“Obviously the basketball piece, he’s just a legend.  Watching him play was just a pleasure, but really what he did for girls basketball and women’s basketball at the college level recently because of his daughter, who was so into the game and played at a very high level.  So I think of that and while he was so fun to watch as a player, I think I appreciate his contributions after he retired even a little bit more as a girls basketball coach,” Coach Carangi said on the impact of Kobe Bryant.

Prasham Jobanputra
Carley Adams dribbles the ball up for the Knights in the first half.

With 7:02 left in the first quarter, Alli Lindsay made a three and Val McGriff made a three of her own a little bit later to put the Knights up 6-0.  With 4:11 left in the quarter, Katie Early collected an offensive rebound and put it back into the net to get the Knights to 8-0, and brought the student section to its feet.  The Knights began the game on a 12-0 run until, with 2:42 left in the first quarter, Katie Catalano made a layup.

The Knights dominated the whole game as by the end of the 3rd quarter, they were up by 17, 33-16, before their eventual 19-point victory.  The Knights are back in action tomorrow for a date with the Wissahickon Trojans.

“Come ready to play.  Got to come back ready to play strong.  Weeks like this make it very difficult, but everyone is in the same boat at this point so you have to be ready play,” Coach Carangi said on her message for tomorrow’s game.

Quakertown: Horning 2 pts, Dickson 4 pts, Offner 4 pts, Sipprell 6 pts, Catalano 8 pts,

North Penn: Plaugher 1 pt, Strobel 1 pt, Cleary 2 pts, Doran 2 pts, Johns 2 pts, Mullaly 3 pts, Plaza 4 pts, Early 4 pts, Dunn 6 pts, Lindsay 7 pts, McGriff 11 pts