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).”

Friday, January 16, 2009

Bensalem 45, William Tennent 34

Bensalem (45)
Jackie Deegler 4 8-10 16; Paige Ormont 0 0-0 0; Kate Clarkson 4 0-0 10; Kristen Gilroy 1 4-6 6; Sharmane Hall 4 1-4 9; Alexis Nyekan 2 0-0 4. Totals: 15 13-20 45.

William Tennent (34)
Alison Malatesta 3 0-3 7; Megan Zimmerman 5 0-4 12; Ashley Alden 1 1-2 3; Liz Koval 1 0-0 2; Hanna Sellers 0 1-2 1; Sarah Godfrey 3 0-0 7; Taylor Morgan 0 0-0 0; Deanna Schneiderreit 1 0-0 2; Gina Tyson 0 0-0 0. Totals: 14 2-11 34.

B: 6-15-11-13—45
WT: 16-6-6-6—34

Three-point goals: Clarkson 2 (B); Zimmerman 2, Godfrey, Malatesta (WT).


1. Bensalem (8-4 overall, 5-2 SOL National) trailed by 12 points late in the first quarter, 16-4. The Owls outscored Tennent by 41-18 the rest of the way. Bensalem came back with a 15-2 run that started at the end of the first quarter. The Owls took the lead for good on a 3-pointer by guard Kate Clarkson early in the second half.

2. Bensalem senior forward Sharmane Hall had nine points, 16 rebounds, four blocked shots and three assists. Hall played tough, aggressive defense and went strong to the basket on the offensive end, but was able to stay out of foul trouble. She needs to stay on the floor for Bensalem to be competitive against good teams.

3. “Sharmane is playing awesome,” Owls coach Don Bogan said. “She’s taking control of herself on the basketball court and academically. She’s looking for the ball, and she’s a force on the boards.”

4. Bensalem had lost three straight before an upset of Abington on Tuesday night. The Owls and Ghosts are tied for second place in the SOL National behind Council Rock-North.

5. Owls senior forward Jackie Deegler scored 16 points and Clarkson added 10 points. During one two-minute stretch in the third quarter, Clarkson hit three consecutive jump shots--two of them 3-pointers.

6. Tennent's three-game winning streak ended. The Panthers (7-6, 3-5) got 12 points from guard Megan Zimmerman. Junior forward Sarah Godfrey came off of the bench for seven points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots. Guard Alison Malatesta added seven points, five steals and four assists.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Conwell-Egan 41, Archbishop Ryan 34

Archbishop Ryan (34)
Lauren Heisse 0 0-0 0; Kelli Jerdan 1 0-0 2; Megan Tole 4 5-8 13; Sarah Strybuc 2 2-2 7; Jess Koci 2 0-10 4; Lauren Smith 2 0-0 5; Brittany Wood 1 0-0 3; J. Vandiver 0 0-0 0. Totals: 12 7-20 34.

Conwell-Egan (41)
Trish Watson 2 0-1 5; Rachel Moore 2 0-0 4; Kaitlyn Mourer 4 0-2 8; Kim Breslin 1 0-0 2; Carmen Tyson-Thomas 8 2-2 18; Jenny Rongione 2 0-1 4. Totals: 19 2-6 41.

AR: 3-5-10-16--34
CEC: 15-8-6-12--41

Three-point goals: Strybuc, Smith, Wood (AR); Watson (CEC).


1. Conwell-Egan dominated this game from the start. The Eagles led by 17 points, 20-3, two minutes into the second quarter. Ryan never got close than 10 points until the final minute of the fourth quarter.

2. Conwell-Egan (10-4 overall, 5-2 Philadelphia Catholic League) held Ryan to 18 points in the first three quarters. The Eagles kept quick Ryan guard Megan Tole from penetrating until the end of the game and didn't give up many open shots from the perimeter.

3. Ryan (11-2, 6-1) had been the only unbeaten team left in the PCL. The Ragdolls were ranked 10th in the state in Class AAAA by the Harrisburg-Patriot News.

4. Senior guard-forward Carmen Tyson-Thomas scored 18 points for CEC, giving her 1,815 points for her four year career. Tyson-Thomas scored nine points in the first 6 1/2 minutes of the game. She faced physical double-teams all night.

5. CEC forward Kaitlyn Mourer scored all eight of her points in the second half. Guard Trish Watson had five points for the Eagles.

6. At the end of the third quarter, Watson threw in a shot from the opposite foul line, but she had released the ball a split-second after the buzzer.