Campaign ends for Pirates

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).

Foul shooting hinders Rams

A four-for-16 effort from the free throw line halted Pennridge boys’ basketball’s march in the District One Class AAAA tournament on Friday night. The Rams, the third seed, slipped to No. 6 Abington, 58-49, in the district quarterfinals. The Galloping Ghosts outscored the Rams in the fourth quarter, 21-11. Dan Long had 16 points for Pennridge; teammate Joe Molettiere managed 12 and Ryan Cuthbert nine, including the Rams’ only three-point bucket. Pennridge will begin its pursuit for fifth place in districts on Tuesday.

Pirates shock NDGP in districts

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.

Rams qualify for states

Pennridge boys’ basketball punched its ticket to states with a 53-47 victory over Coatesville at home on Wednesday night. For the Rams, it is their first trip to states. Pennridge, seeded third in the District One Class AAAA field, fought back from a 13-7 first-quarter deficit to clip Coatesville, the No. 14 seed. Four Rams finished in double digits. Dan Long led the way with 15 points; he was followed by Ryan Cuthbert (13), Zach Muredda (11) and Joe Molettiere (10). Cuthbert stole the show, coming off the bench to hit a three-pointer and all four of his foul shots. Pennridge will host Abington at home on Friday in the district quarterfinals.

Wilson bounces Pirates from districts

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.

Lions win BAL tournament

Faith Christian girls’ basketball made history on Monday evening by winning the inaugural Bicentennial Athletic League (BAL) tournament with a 52-46 victory over Jenkintown at Holy Ghost Prep in Bensalem. Monica Ervin pumped in 23 points to lead the Lions, who led, 28-16, at halftime and survived a fourth-quarter rally by the Drakes to capture the BAL crown. Jenkintown’s Emma Dorshimer led all scorers with 28 points. Ashley Forker contributed 12 points for Faith. The Lions struggled from the free throw line, going eight for 23. Ervin and teammate Ashley Parylak each knocked down three three-pointers.

Long guides Rams past Spring-Ford

Dan Long scored 25 points and Zach Muredda 23 as Pennridge boys’ basketball got past Spring-Ford, 78-54, in the first round of the District One Class AAAA tournament on Friday. The Rams, seeded third in the 32-team field, will challenge No. 14 Coatesville on Tuesday at home. Pennridge crushed Spring-Ford with a 22-11 first quarter and a 24-6 third quarter. The Rams sank eight three-pointers; Long had four.

Forker sinks Dock with FTs

Ashley Forker hit two foul shots with Faith Christian girls’ basketball down by one with six seconds to go in the fourth quarter as the Lions survived against Christopher Dock, 44-43, in the quarterfinals of the BAL tournament on Wednesday. Faith trailed by nine, 35-26, heading into the fourth. Monica Ervin led the Lions with 16 points, including three treys. Forker added 14.

Panthers slam Patriots

Quakertown wrestling dispatched Central Bucks East, 52-14, on Tuesday evening. 145: Cullen Williamson (Q) def. Cole Yerkes (CBE), 10-2 major decision. 152: Collin Stevens (CBE) def. Nick Basile (Q), 8-7 decision. 160: Noah Wood (Q) def. Matt Cascioli (CBE), 3-0 decision. 170: J.J. McGuigan (Q) def. Mike Melchiorre (CBE), fall in 3:36. 182: Nick Bonomo (Q) def. Alec Sager (CBE), fall in 0:30. 195: Gavin Caroff (Q) won by forfeit. 220: Micah Jones (Q) def. Marshall Whinney (CBE), fall in 0:40. 285: Justin Correa (Q) def. Trent Petro (CBE), fall in 1:55. 106: Cole Yerkes (CBE) def. Tim Mallo (Q), fall in 1:51. 113: Double forfeit. 120: Harrison Campbell (Q) def. Matt Ramjit (CBE), fall in 1:45. 126: Nicholas Hadley (Q) def. Austin Cheesman (CBE), fall in 1:28. 132: Ryan Chalifoux (CBE) def. Brendan Rosenberger (Q), technical fall in 3:03. 138: Tanner Seislove (Q) def. Michael Driver (CBE), 5-1 decision.