Saturday, December 27, 2008

Penn Charter 53, Conwell-Egan 38

Conwell-Egan (38)
Carmen Tyson-Thomas 6 2-2 15; Rachel Moore 1 1-2 3; Trish Watson 0 0-0 0; Jenny Rongione 2 0-0 4; Kim Breslin 1 0-0 2; Kaitlyn Mourer 4 0-0 8; Sam Lubey 2 0-1 4; Kaleigh Ewing 0 0-0 0; Kaity Moonan 0 0-0 0; Kristen Ralph 0 2-2 2. Totals: 16 5-7 38.

Penn Charter (53)
Nikki Gwynn 2 0-0 4; Dianna Thomas 5 2-3 12; Aleesha Powell 3 5-6 12; Kendall Stokes 5 0-2 10; Brianna Butler 2 3-3 7; Mary Kate O'Brien 2 0-2 4; Erin Martin 0 0-0 0. Totals: 21 10-16 53.

CEC: 13-8-11-6--38
PC: 15-13-12-13--53

Three-point goals: Tyson-Thomas (CEC); Powell (PC).


1. Conwell-Egan (6-3) shot poorly after hitting about 48 percent of its shots in a 66-33 first round win over Immaculata in the Eastern States Christmas Invitational Tournament at Trenton Catholic Academy. But despite a very low percentage from the floor, the Eagles were in this game into the third quarter. CEC's Kim Breslin had a steal and a layup with 5:06 to go in the third quarter to make it a three-point game, 32-29. Forty seconds later CEC senior Carmen Tyson-Thomas scored on an offensive rebound put-back to make it 34-31. After that, Penn Charter (8-2) went on a game-breaking 17-1 run over about nine minutes.

2. Tyson-Thomas finished with 15 points, eight rebounds, four blocked shots and three steals. She had some trouble getting shots, took a bunch of three-pointer and only hit one. Against Immaculata, Tyson-Thomas had 17 points.

3. CEC forward Kaitlyn Mourer scored eight points. The other three Eagles starters combined for five points. Guard Trish Watson, who scored 16 points vs. Immaculata, was scoreless vs. Penn Charter.

4. Penn Charter sophomore guard Aleesha Powell scored 12 points, but didn't shot particularly well. The 5-7 Powell, who is one of the top sophomores in the Philadelphia area, scored 29 points in Penn Charter's 60-51 tournament-opening victory over Trenton Catholic Academy. Penn Charter didn't shoot particularly well as a team vs. Conwell-Egan.

5. Tyson-Thomas: "All of us didn't come out as tough as we should have."

6. Mourer: “I think we lost some of the intensity and momentum we needed to keep us in this game.”

7. Conwell-Egan coach Norman O'Rourke: “We shot atrocious. We got five points (combined) out of three of our starters. You can’t win games that way.”

8. Conwell-Egan has scored fewer than 40 point three times in nine games and lost all three games.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Villa Joseph Marie 50, Pennsbury 44

Villa Joseph Marie (50)
Lauren Waterson 0 0-0 0; Meghan Ledwith 1 0-0 2; Kate Abel 4 0-0 8; Suzanne Bierly 4 2-2 10; Carolyne Heston 1 2-4 4; Jennie Quattrocchi 3 0-2 8; Melissa Van Wert 5 2-2 16; Jenny Sandora 0 0-0 0; Christine Gorrell 1 0-0 2; Melissa Poderis 0 0-1 0. Totals: 19 6-11 50.

Pennsbury (44)
Lacey Balascsak 2 2-2 7; Kelsey Balascsak 4 2-3 13; Molly Phillips 3 0-2 6; Lauren Gerity 0 0-0 0; Kelsey Moulton 1 1-4 3; Lauren Pisauro 1 0-0 2; Kelsey Alvino 0 0-0 0; Kelly Rebert 4 3-4 11; Kersten Formento 1 0-1 2. Totals: 16 8-16 44.

VJM: 13-12-12-13--50
P: 12-9-15-8--44

Three-point goals: Van Wert 4, Quattrocchi 2 (VJM); K. Balascsak 3, L. Balascsak (P).

Link to Courier Times article


1. Villa Joseph Marie (3-5) led by as many as eight points in the first half. But Pennsbury (1-6) came back in the third quarter and trailed by a point, 37-36, at the end of three. The Falcons led by three points, 40-37, after a drive by sophomore Molly Phillips about 1:20 into the fourth quarter, and had a two-point lead, 44-42, with 3:10 left. VJM's Kate Able scored to tie it at 44-44, and Suzanne Bierly hit two free throws to put the Jems ahead for good with 2:37 left.

2. Guard Melissa Van Wert led the Jems with 16 points. Van Wert hit four 3-pointers, including three 3-pointers in a span of about 2 1/2 minutes in the second quarter. Van Wert also made two foul shots with 1:45 left in the game. “When Melissa’s on, she really has ice in her veins,” VJM coach Becky Flynn said.

3. Bierly scored 10 points for VJM. Forward Kate Abel scored eight points and had two blocked shots, while guard Jennie Quattrocchi scored eight points and added five assists.

4. VJM has struggled with chemistry in the season's first month, but has won three of its last five games after an 0-3 start. “It makes my job challenging, more so than in the past,” Flynn said. “I have to find the right combinations. On paper we look great, but that doesn’t always translate to the court. We played with more intensity tonight. When we play with that kind of intensity, we’re a different team. Everybody who played tonight, played with intensity.”

5. Pennsbury has talent, but is very young. The Falcons nine-player rotation included two freshman and three sophomores. Sophomore guard Lacey Balascsak scored seven points for Pennsbury, and sophomore Molly Phillips added six points. Sophomore Kersten Formento (two points) and freshmen Kelsey Moulton (three points) and Lauren Pisauro (two points) logged significant minutes. “We’re battling, and they’re learning,” Falcons coach Donna Nicholson said. “We just keep getting better every game. They’re getting used to each other. You can’t fault their effort. I’m looking forward to them coming together in the second half of the season. Our future looks bright.”

6. Senior guard Kelsey Balascsak led the Falcons with 13 points and hit three 3-pointers. Junior forward Kelly Rebert added 11 points.

7. Pennsbury has played a tough schedule over the first three weeks. The Falcons have already played Council Rock-North, Bensalem, CB East and William Tennent. Pennsbury doesn't play in a holiday tournament, but hosts North Penn on Dec. 30. The Falcons open January with CR-South, Truman, Conwell-Egan and rival Neshaminy.

8. VJM plays in the Boyertown tournament and begins January with Sacred Heart and Gwynedd-Mercy.

9. VJM junior forward Carolyne Heston is playing with a broken finger and had four points.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Council Rock-North 60, Oakland Catholic 38

CR-North (60)
Juliann Fricke 2 0-0 4; Devin Gold 3 2-2 9; Kelly Scull 3 0-0 8; Kate Logan 2 0-0 6; Sarah Kiely 8 1-1 17; Lauren Gold 4 5-5 14; Chloe Pinto 1 0-0 2; Rebecca Houser 0 0-1 0; Jody Marrazzo 0 0-0 0; Emily Grundman 0 0-0 0; Steph Brennan 0 0-0 0. Totals: 23 8-9 60

Oakland Catholic (38)
Claire Bernato 2 1-1 5; Colleen Kiss 3 0-0 7; Kayla Walczak 0 0-0 0; Gina Tudi 0 0-0 0; Caitlyn Rudge 1 0-0 3; Robbie Cain 2 0-0 4; Allie Schmidt 5 2-4 12; Caroline King 2 0-2 4; Maria Tassari 0 0-0 0; Jones 1 0-0 2; Kumar 0 1-2 1. Totals: 16 4-9 38.

CRN: 20-14-11-15--60
OC: 5-11-9-13--38

Three-point goals: Logan 2, Scull 2, L. Gold, D. Gold (CRN); Kiss, Rudge (OC).

Link to Courier Times article


1. CR-North (7-1) dominated this game from beginning to end. The Indians scored the game's first 12 points over 4:02 and led by 15 points at the end of the first quarter, 20-5. The lead was never less than 15 points after the first quarter.

2. North junior forward Sarah Kiely scored the game's first nine points in about three minutes and finished with 17 points and seven rebounds. Kiely is averaging about 15 points and 10 rebounds in eight games.

3. The Indians hit six 3-pointers and shot 56.1 percent (23 for 41) from the floor. They shot at least 50 percent in every quarter. “We always play one or two good quarters,” Kiely said. “In this game, we focused on playing four good quarters.”

4. Indians sophomore guard Devin Gold had eight points and six assists, while freshman guard Lauren Gold finished with 14 points and five steals. They are the third and fourth Gold sisters to play for the Indians. Devin had a very good freshman season and appears to be a more mature player. Lauren averaged 7.3 points and 2.7 rebounds with 17 assists and 18 steals in North's first six games.

5. North senior point guard Juliann Fricke looks more comfortable this season than she was as a junior, when she was one of the few experienced veterans on a really young team. Fricke is a quick defender and frustrated Oakland Catholic's guards. “Other coaches see what Julie brings for us,” North coach Lou Palkovics said. “She’s such a good defensive player that nobody wants to play against her. And she’s going to college on a cross-country scholarship, so she never stops running.”

6. Oakland Catholic, which began the season as the No. 3 Class AAAA team in the state according to the Harrisburg Patriot-News, left Pittsburgh at 5:30 a.m. on Saturday morning for a 1:30 p.m. varsity game. The Indians visited Oakland Catholic two years ago and lost.

7. Kiely: "We haven’t played them in two years,” Kiely said. “Last time, we had to drive all the way back after a disappointment. We felt that if we could send them packing (today), that would be the best revenge.”

8. North is getting balanced scoring. Five players scored six points or more vs. Oakland Catholic. Through North's first six games, five players averaged 7.2 points or more. Senior Kate Logan is averaging 8.0 points had has 11 3-pointers in eight games.