Knights fall behind in second half; lost to Indians

Captain Cayla Sharkey fights to keep the ball in NP possession.

SOUDERTON- The Indians outscored the Knights 28-11 in the second half and showed their home crowd why they have a 13-1 record.

The North Penn Knights (6-7) lost to the Souderton Indians (13-1) 50-29 at Souderton High School in game 1 of a Thursday night doubleheader.

“I think coming in we knew it was gonna be a very difficult game but overall I’d say we fought hard.  It just came down to our decision-making,” junior Carley Adams said.

The Indians jumped out 5-0 after Megan O’Donnell made her layup and then made her and-one free throw.  The Indians extended that lead to 11-2 thanks to a three-pointer from O’Donnell, who had 6 points in the opening quarter.  The Knights fought back, and junior Adams made a reverse layup to bring the Knights to within 3.  However, the Indians hung on to the lead and took a 16-11 advantage into the second quarter.

Sophomore Alli Lindsay made her layup with 2:57 left in the second and also made her and-one free throw to make a 2-point game.  The second half is when Souderton started to put the game away.  They left the first half with a 4-point lead but built that to a 12-point lead by the time the 3rd quarter ended.  They scored 11 points in the quarter and all 11 of those points were scored by one player, Megan Walbrandt.

Walbrandt didn’t score in the 4th quarter but she didn’t need to, as Mikaela Reese and Olivia Schneider combined for 15 of Souderton’s 17 points in the 4th quarter to close out the game.

“They were only up four points and we just come down.  We forget to play defense or we come down and we have an easy shot and we don’t knock it down. That again goes back to our inexperience.  When you play against a team like Souderton, who’s just good, they’re just a good solid team.  They are gonna make you pay for every mistake you make,” Head Coach Jen Carangi said.

The Knights will be back in action tomorrow as they play away at Gloucester Catholic High School for a date with the Rams.

“We come back again tomorrow playing a good Gloucester Catholic team.  Their point guard is going to Duke so we know it’s gonna be a challenge,” Coach Carangi said.

North Penn: Adams 11 pts, Lindsay 7 pts, Sharkey 5 pts, Faison 2 pts, McGriff 2 pts, Dunn 2 pts

Souderton: Walbrandt 16 pts, Schneider 11 pts, Reese 9 pts, O’Donnell 8 pts, Bealer 5 pts, Stephens 1 pt