Pennridge boys’ basketball won its first-ever state playoff game in a 61-59 thriller over District Three third-place Reading on Saturday at Wilson-West Lawn. The Rams outscored Reading, 19-13, in the fourth quarter and will move on to play Plymouth-Whitemarsh on Wednesday evening at Spring-Ford in the state second round. Against Reading, Joe Molettiere and Zach Muredda each netted 18 points; Dan Long had 14 and Joe Unangst seven for the victors.
Pennridge boys’ basketball took fifth in District One Class AAAA after squashing Lower Merion, 58-36, on Friday night. The Rams shut out Lower Merion, 12-0, in the third quarter and won the second half, 33-10. Dan Long (18 points), Zach Muredda (17) and Joe Molettiere (15) led the offensive charge for Pennridge, which improved to 24-4 overall. The Rams will play Reading on March 7 in the first round of states.
Pennridge boys’ basketball needed triple overtime to down Methacton, 90-79, in a playback for fifth place in the District One Class AAAA tournament on Wednesday evening. The Rams rallied back from a 34-25 halftime hole to force OT. Pennridge junior Dan Long led all scorers with 29 points. Zach Muredda added 24 and Joe Molettiere 23 in the victory. The Rams, at 23-4 overall, will host Lower Merion on Friday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m., for fifth place.
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).
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.
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.
Faith Christian girls’ basketball took care of seventh-seeded Sacred Heart, 40-21, in the quarterfinals of the District One Class A tournament on Friday. The second-seeded Lions shut out Sacred Heart, 12-0, in the third quarter. Ashley Forker, Monica Ervin and Liz Hoffman all finished with eight points for Faith.
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 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.
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.