Saturday, February 9, 2008

CR-North 50, Pennridge 43

Jordan Dominic 3 0-0 8; Lindsey Lyons 1 2-4 4; Shannon Zickler 3 4-6 10; Marissa Kunkle 3 1-2 9; Sam Simonosis 3 5-9 11; Stacey Gunter 0 1-2 1; Sarah Hoban 0 0-0 0. Totals: 13 13-23 43.

Juliann Fricke 4 1-1 12; Devin Gold 4 2-2 13; Jen Sroba 2 2-2 6; Kelly Scull 1 1-2 3; Sarah Kiely 5 3-4 13; Kate Logan 0 1-3 1; Jenn Casper 1 0-2 2. Totals: 17 10-16 50.

P 12-10-11-10—43
CRN 9-20-13-8—50

3-point goals: Dominic 2, Kunkle 2 (P); Fricke 3, Gold 3 (CRN).

Link to Courier Times game story

Link to Intelligencer game story

Link to Courier Times girls basketball notes from Friday

Link to Courier Times Jen Sroba profile from Friday


1. Sophomore center Sarah Kiely had 13 points and nine rebounds for the Indians (17-8). Freshman guard Devin Gold had 13 points and two steals, while junior point guard Juliann Fricke scored 12 points.

2. CR-North has won its first round District One Class AAAA game in each of the last 11 years. The No. 15 seed Indians visit unbeaten No. 2 seed Methacton (25-0) in the second round on Wednesday.

3. Gold made two free throws with 36.7 seconds on the clock to put CR-North up by five points, 48-43, and seal the victory. Kiely and senior guard-forward Jen Sroba had fouled out with more than 2 1/2 minutes remaining.

4. Fricke played very well down the stretch. Senior Jenn Casper came of the bench and grabbed several important late rebounds. Casper also scored on a pretty reverse layup in the first half.

5. Sam Simononis scored 11 points and Shannon Zickler added 10 points for Pennridge (15-10).

6. “I was really impressed with the way Fricke reacted,” CR-North coach Lou Palkovics said. “When Jen and Sarah fouled out, Julie just told everybody, ‘We’re all right. We’re fine.’ She and Devin were basically the veterans left on the floor.”

7. “(Casper) has been doing that all year,” Fricke said. “She does those things in practice all the time.”

8. No. 10 Sun Valley, No. 11 Upper Darby and No. 12 Perkiomen Valley all lost in the first round. Those three teams had great records against not-so-great schedules and probably were beneficiaries of the suspect power rankings system. The three teams from the extremly competitive SOL Continental - CB East, Norristown and CR-North - probably should have been ahead of all three of them. CR-North and Norristown will have to pull big upsets to get to the quarterfinals. CB East lost in the first round in a tough league rematch against a talented William Tennent team.

9. Maybe the first round upsets in the girls and boys brackets will cause District One to reevaluate the power rankings system.