Palisades girls’ basketball’s magical season came to an end on Tuesday evening in the District 11 Class AA semifinals. No. 3 Minersville eliminated the seventh-seeded Pirates, 58-43. The victory for Minersville carried with it a berth to states. Only four Pirates scored in the setback: Kayla Reed (18 points), Karlee Krchnavi (11), Katie King (eight) and Lizzie Sessinger (six).
Palisades girls’ basketball upset second-seeded and Colonial League champ Notre Dame Green Pond, 55-48, in the quarterfinals of the District 11 Class AA tournament on Friday evening. The Pirates, the No. 7 seed, went to the line 38 times and sank 24 of their free throws. Freshman Kayla Reed led Palisades with 24 points; she was 12 for 15 from the charity stripe. Karlee Krchnavi contributed 15 points and Gabby Reiman added nine (all three-pointers) in the win.
Wilson ended Palisades boys’ basketball’s season in the opening round of the District 11 Class AAA tournament on Tuesday evening. The Pirates got off to a rocky start, trailing 12-3 after one quarter, and falling, 49-31. Jeff Cooper scored eight of his 13 points in the fourth quarter to help seal the contest for the Warriors. Also in double figures for Wilson were Phil Pierfy with 13 and Jon Cintron with 12. Leading the Pirates was senior Jason Gehman with 10. This breakout season for Palisades was marked by its first district playoff berth and winning season since 1997. The Pirates concluded their campaign with an overall mark of 12-11.
Saucon Valley won at Palisades girls’ basketball, 62-51, on Thursday. Karlee Krchnavi amassed 17 points for the Pirates. Kayla Reed and Lizzie Sessinger each added 13 to Palisades’ total.
Palisades girls’ basketball dispatched Upper Perkiomen, 49-32, on Wednesday. Karlee Krchnavi and Katie King had 12 and 10 points, respectively, for the Pirates. Emily Odle added nine.
A 15-5 first-quarter hole didn’t hinder Palisades boys’ basketball on Wednesday. The Pirates rallied to turn back Upper Perkiomen, 59-51. They won the fourth quarter, 17-12. Leading the Pirates was Jason Gehman with 16 points, while Landon Mueller added 13. For Upper Perkiomen, Ryan Kendra tallied 16 followed by Liam Boyle with 10. Palisades attempted 38 free throws and made 22 of them.
Reece Jones put back a missed shot at the buzzer as Bangor defeated Palisades boys’ basketball, 42-40, in a tightly played Colonial League game on Tuesday. Michael Martino scored a game-high 25 points for the Slaters. Leading Palisades were Levi Wilkins and Landon Mueller, each with eight points.
Palisades girls’ basketball squashed Bangor, 57-40, on Tuesday. Karlee Krchnavi deposited 18 points for the Pirates. Senior Gabby Reiman filled it up from long range; she hit four treys, including three in the first quarter, for her 12 points. Kayla Reed contributed 10 points in the win.
Karlee Krchnavi’s 18 points weren’t enough as Palisades girls’ basketball fell to Salisbury, 56-43, on Friday. Gabby Reiman and Lizzie Sessinger each added nine in the loss. The Pirates shot 11 for 14 from the free throw line.
Salisbury, at 16-0 in the Colonial League, turned back Palisades boys’ basketball, 43-32, on Friday. The Pirates were down, 28-15, at halftime. The teams combined for only nine points (Palisades 5-4) in the third quarter. Rasheen Reid led the Falcons with 15 points, while Nate Newborg tallied eight for the Pirates. Palisades is at Upper Perkiomen on Monday for an independent contest and at home on Tuesday against Bangor for Senior Night.