Saturday, January 17, 2009

Cheltenham 63, Council Rock-North 56

Council Rock-North (56)
Devin Gold 3 2-3 9; Juliann Fricke 2 0-0 4; Kelly Scull 1 3-4 5; Sarah Kiely 4 8-10 16; Kate Logan 2 0-0 4; Lauren Gold 7 4-5 18. Totals: 19 17-22 56.

Cheltenham (63)
Jenna Peoples 3 1-3 7; Monet Constant 5 3-4 14; Tiffany Johnson 0 1-2 1; Shayia Felder 5 7-8 17; Dayne McCrewell 9 1-2 20; Sydni Epps 1 0-0 2; Liz Taliaferro 1 0-0 2. Totals: 24 13-19 63.

CRN: 15-16-12-13—56
CH: 15-16-18-14—63

Three-point goals: Devin Gold (CRN); Constant, McCrewell (CH).


1. CR-North (13-2) opened up a seven-point lead, 31-24, with a 13-2 run late in the second quarter. But Cheltenham (13-1) scored the final seven points of the first half in the final 1:22 to tie it at 31-31. The Panthers outscored CR-North 18-6 over the first 6 1/2 minutes of the second half to build a 12-point lead. The Indians rallied in the fourth quarter, but couldn't get closer than three points.

2. Indians junior forward Sarah Kiely had 16 points, 12 rebounds and two blocked shots, but had some trouble getting the ball in the half-court offense. Cheltenham's quick guards pestered CR-North's guards and Panthers forward Dana McCrewell did a good job defending Kiely down low. When Kiely did get the ball, she wasn't particularly close to the basket and didn't get great shots.

3. CR-North freshman guard Lauren Gold finished with 18 points and and a solid game. She excels at creating her own shot and did a good job in the fast-paced game. “Lauren brings another dimension to the team,” Indians coach Lou Palkovics said. “She’s able to break people down and finish. She has a plethora of moves, and she played great tonight.”

4. McCrewell scored 20 points for the Panthers, including 12 during the decisive third quarter. Guard Shayia Felder scored 17 points for Cheltenham, and guard Monet Constant added 14 points.

5. At times, the fast pace seemed to favor Cheltenham. CR-North looked a little uncomfortable when things became chaotic and seemed to have trouble focusing on getting into its offense. “We weren’t playing as a team sometimes (in the third quarter),” Lauren Gold said. “We got a little scared and panicked. We couldn’t get out shots off, and they were playing really well.”

6. The loss ended CR-North's 13-game winning streak. Cheltenham now has a 13-game winning streak.

7. Palkovics: "I don't want to slow the game down. I don't like to give up 60 points. But I'll give up 60 if we're scoring 75."

8. Kiely: "It was really hard to get the ball inside. I tried to fight around (McCrewell), but it's rough."

9. Three sisters preceded Lauren Gold in the Indians' program, including current sophomore Devin Gold. Lauren has been a solid contributor from Day 1. “I have been watching my sisters play for a long time, and I’ve played since I was young,” Lauren Gold said. “It felt like I stepped right in (to this team as a freshman).”