Knights best Rams to close regular season


Prasham Jobanputra

Laynie Doran passes the ball for the Knights

TOWAMENCIN- After being outplayed in the first quarter, North Penn completely turned the tables for the rest of the game.

The North Penn Knights (15-6) beat the Pennridge Rams (11-11) 59-44 in a Thursday night game at North Penn High School.  It was senior night as seniors Carley Adams, Megan Cleary, Katie Early, Alaina Mullaly, and Val McGriff were honored before the game.

Prasham Jobanputra
Senior Katie Early (right) sings The National Anthem pregame.

After buckets from both sides to begin the game, Early broke the 2-2 tie with a score from the post with 7:15 left in the first quarter.  The Rams retook the lead after a three from Katie Yoder with 5:40 left in the quarter.  Then the Rams just took advantage of some sloppy play from the Knights and jumped out in front of North Penn, 15-5, after a three from Julia Kreider with a 1:18 left in the first quarter.  The Rams took a 15-7 lead into the second quarter.

“We were just not playing North Penn Basketball.  Defensively, we were letting girls get shots.  One of [Pennridge’s] players is hurt and they had a sub in.  We really didn’t what she was and she came out of course and hit two threes in the beginning, so we had to make some adjustments there.  But we were letting what happened defensively affect us offensively, we weren’t making good decisions.  We had so many unforced turnovers in that first half, it was ridiculous,” Head Coach Jen Carangi explained.

The Knights came out of the huddle to begin the second quarter, with a completely different intensity and started the second quarter with a 9-0 run capped off by Laynie Doran’s layup to give North Penn a 16-15 lead with 5:59 left in the first half.  Yoder came through again with another big three to tie the game up at 20, but that didn’t last for long as Alli Lindsay responded with a bucket on the other side.  North Penn led at halftime, 30-26.

North Penn the just absolutely dominated the third quarter as the scoring in the third quarter was 20-10 and the Knights took a double digit advantage into the final quarter, where they shut the door.  Lindsay had a big second half as she tallied up 9 points in the third quarter.

“[Lindsay] is always go go go and the girls run the floor and she rewards them for doing that, so that really made a run and kinda put [Pennridge] away,” Coach Carangi said.

The Knights have qualified for district playoffs and currently sit in the 10th seed.  Final seeding and scheduling will be announced Sunday.

“Sunday we’ll find out who we’re playing and then it’s just about getting film.  We believe we need to take care of what we do and work on what we do.  Obviously we watch film to see what the other team’s tendencies are, but I honestly believe, if we play our basketball the way we know how to play, we can beat anybody,” Coach Carangi said.

Pennridge: Rosica 3 pts, Cweiber 3 pts, Pyne 3 pts, Loughery 6 pts, Hodder 6 pts, Kreider 9 pts, Yoder 14 pts

North Penn: Doran 2 pts, Dunn 2 pts, Plaza 2 pts, Mullaly 2 pts, Plaugher 3 pts, Early 6 pts, Adams 9 pts, McGriff 15 pts, Lindsay 18 pts