Knights clip Hawks to cap strong week

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Julia Shearer

Sophomore Caleigh Sperling taking a three point shot.

TOWAMENCIN – After falling 12 points short of a win over Neshaminy on Tuesday, the Knights girl’s basketball team rebounded on Thursday night to secure a win against Council Rock South, taking two out of three for the week.

The North Penn Knights (3-5; 4-7) used their home-court advantage to acquire their second home win this week by defeating the Golden Hawks (4-4; 7-4) 62-48. Using the recent loss as motivation, the Knights were able to control the game most of the night for the big win against a team ahead of them in the district standings.

Julia Shearer

“It’s tough to continue to play as hard as we play and not come out on the winning side, so it’s nice to see all their hard work paying off and that they can get a win with it,” Head Coach Bri Cullen stated.

Each quarter the Knights’ lead grew. By the end of the first quarter, they had gained a 5-point lead, which then became an 11-point lead by the end of the first half. Continuing to the end of the third quarter, the girls had built up a 15 point lead and finished off the game with a total of 14 more points than the Golden Hawks.

Leading the Knights in scoring was junior captain Abby Plaugher with a career-high of 26 points. Also having her breakout game, freshman Cam Crowley added a total of 12 points to the score. Sophomore Caleigh Sperling followed with 9 points. Finishing off the scoring was sophomore captain Liv Stone and Kelly Donnelly who both contributed 6 points.

I think we are coming together really well as a team, and our loss against Neshaminy on Tuesday really made us feel the need to win this game. Coming off our win against CB East is just giving us momentum because we finally know how to stay in the game and finish them out.”

— Junior Captain Abby Plaugher

“I think we are coming together really well as a team, and our loss against Neshaminy on Tuesday really made us feel the need to win this game. Coming off our win against CB East is just giving us momentum because we finally know how to stay in the game and finish them out,” Plaugher explained.

Although the Hawks won the tip-off and scored the first points of the game, it was in no time that the Knights tied up the score. While the Hawks held a tight defense in the beginning, making it difficult for the Knights to get in the perfect shot, as the game went on, the Knights were able to utilize their strengths to put points on the board.

“Each game we are learning more about how each other plays and it’s really starting to mesh well,” Stone emphasized.

Throughout the game, the Knights were turning defensive plays instantly into offensive plays as Stone, Plaugher, and Sperling each had multiple steals creating many scoring opportunities. The fast-paced ball movement easily made it possible for the Knights to have possession for a majority of the game.

“Our confidence is growing. We are kind of starting to come into ourselves as players. Our youth is starting to get experience and everything is starting to click a little bit more each game,” Cullen said.

Although in the first half of their season they didn’t get the results they wanted, the team showed promise from the start. This week as the Knights dominated two teams on the court, they are proving they can stay in the game and they’re only going up from here.

“I think as we keep winning games we are getting more comfortable with how each other plays and It’s just really good how we are finally starting to come together,” Plaugher said.

The girls’ next game is against Bensalem at home next Tuesday at 7 pm.