Central Bucks West girls’ basketball’s season came to a close Friday night as the Bucks fell to District Three’s Cumberland Valley, 46-43, in the first round of states. Nicole Munger led the Bucks with 18 points, including three triples. Mackenzie Carroll contributed 13 points and Peyton Traina six.
By James Evans
In front of roaring home fans and a raucous opposing crowd, the South Hunterdon Eagles got the win over the Academy Charter Panthers, 57-28, Tuesday night. Led by player of the game Tyler Frazee, who had 13 points, five rebounds and two steals, the Eagles improved to 19-6 on the year.
Both crowds were going crazy at the start of the game, with the Panther fans traveling very well to see their team play. Parents, students, even cheerleaders showed up to combat the rowdy “Blue Crew” from South Hunterdon. And in the first quarter, it looked like the Panther fans could be cheering for a first-round upset. An 8-7 South first quarter was “lowlighted” by senior guard Jake Whitaker going 0 for 3 shooting. Finishing with only two points on 0 for 9 shooting from the floor, Whitaker talked about his performance after the game: “It was good to get my first state win, actually everyone’s first state win, despite the performance I had tonight.” That win was secured in the second quarter, as the Eagles led 28-13 at the half, inspired by a 10-0 run to open the second quarter.
At the half, three Eagles had five or more rebounds, as Frazee, John Conlon (six) and Clay Hope (seven) all played well in finding the missed shots. Postgame, Hope, who also had six points in the contest, talked about how he was “worn out from practice this week after a hard loss at Bound Brook.”
To open the second half, the Eagles had a 7-0 run to effectively ice the game, with senior guard Daniel Begg playing great in the run. When asked about his night (six points), Begg said it was an “electric feel to the game with both fans going nuts for their team” and that it “was truly fun to see.”
In hopes for a second-round win and their second 20-win season in three years, the Eagles will play South River tomorrow night as part of a doubleheader at home. The Eagles will need to contain star senior Matt Martinez, who had 38 points in South River’s opening-round game against Henry Hudson. The girls’ team will open its state run against Shore at 6 p.m. and the boys will play at 8 p.m.
Third-seeded Faith Christian girls’ basketball knocked off No. 6 Sacred Heart, 48-41, in the opening round of the District One Class A tournament on Saturday. An 18-12 third quarter pushed the Lions to victory. Ashley Forker had 19 points and Monica Ervin 14 for Faith.
Central Bucks West girls’ basketball lost to host Spring-Ford, 53-52, in the quarterfinals of the District One Class AAAA tournament on Friday night. The Rams outscored the Bucks, 17-14, in the fourth quarter. Nicole Munger was eight for eight from the free throw line for her CB West-leading 16 points. Joining her in double figures for the Bucks were: Corrinne Godshall with 14 and Mackenzie Carroll with 11.
By James Evans
The South Hunterdon seniors led the Eagles to a 76-34 win over the Belvidere County Seeders on Thursday night to improve to 17-6 on the season. With all four seniors shining brightly on the night that honored them, South’s evening was keyed by so many great moments, both on and off the court.
Here at South Hunterdon, Senior Night takes on two different forms. For one, the senior athletes are honored, with Devon Troutman, Jake Whitaker, Daniel Begg and John Conlon all being celebrated before the contest.
However, Senior Night also takes time to honor the senior citizens who support the basketball team and the community so greatly. One of the most special moments from the night was the moment of silence held for one of these avid senior citizens who unfortunately passed away this past week.
Jason Fuhr, a visitor at almost every event South has to offer, from athletics to clubs, was honored with a moment of silence, which culminated in his signature root beer barrel hard candies being tossed onto the court in his honor. Troutman said postgame, “Having seen Jason a lot from football and basketball the past few years, it was awesome to have honored him tonight. As cliche as it may sound, this game was for him.”
Troutman, who had 10 points in the contest, played well in the night’s rout over the County Seeders. Altogether, the four senior combined for 31 points and 19 rebounds on the night, playing limited minutes in the blowout win. Postgame, center Conlon (eight points, nine rebounds) talked about the emotions of the night: “It felt great coming out tonight to play a great game for such a great fan. Getting the win at home with all the emotion made it that much sweeter.”
Yet, emotions aside, the South Hunterdon Eagles are on pace for their second 20-win season in the past three years, with two regular season games left against North Plainfield on Saturday and Bound Brook on Tuesday. Whitaker, who had nine points, six rebounds and seven assists on the night, spoke of the potential for the 20-win season, saying, “I know that we can make a deep state run after getting these last two regular season games. We just have to start preparing.”
This Saturday, the Eagles will go for win No. 18 on the road, which Begg (four points, two rebounds on the night) said “is a must win game to ready ourselves before states.” With a tough game looming this Tuesday against archrival Bound Brook, the Eagles are in full focus mode for the season’s final stretch.
Palisades girls’ basketball’s return to the postseason for the first time in more than a decade ended Wednesday in the opening round of the District 11 Class AAA tournament to Saucon Valley, 28-25. The eighth-seeded Pirates were tripped up by their Colonial League foe, which was seeded ninth. Senior Joey Noonan registered eight points in her final game for Palisades. Karlee Krchnavi also had eight, while Lizzie Sessinger netted seven.
Central Bucks West girls’ basketball overwhelmed Methacton in the second round of districts on Wednesday night in Doylestown. With the 59-47 win, the Bucks punched their tickets to states. CB West led 30-20 at the half and 50-27 after three quarters. Nicole Munger was stellar for CB West, finishing with 20 points, three steals and two assists. She drained four buckets from beyond the arc. Corrinne Godshall added 14 points and nine rebounds to the winning cause.
No. 15 Pennridge boys’ basketball’s season ended Saturday in the first round of districts to No. 18 Souderton, 44-33, in East Rockhill. After trailing by one at the half, 13-12, the Rams couldn’t muster a sustained offensive attack against the Indians, who had lost both games to Pennridge in the SOL Continental regular season. Zach Muredda led the Rams offensively with 12 points; Dan Long added 10. Pennridge completes its season with a mark of 15-8.
Makenzie Mason netted 14 points and added 12 rebounds as No. 5 Central Bucks West girls’ basketball hammered No. 28 Norristown, 76-48, in the opening round of districts on Saturday evening. After leading by only four points (21-17) after one quarter, CB West pulled away in the second and third quarters by a combined 43-16 margin. Nicole Munger had a fine all-around game for the Bucks, finishing with 17 points, seven rebounds and six steals. Mackenzie Carroll added 15 points, while Corrinne Godshall chipped in six points and 10 boards.
Faith Christian boys’ basketball erased a 33-17 halftime deficit and took the game into overtime, but still fell Monday to Jenkintown, 48-46. Danny Ziccardi was strong for Faith, dropping in 23 points (eight for eight free throws, three for seven beyond the arc). Tyler Landis managed 12 points and a team-high six rebounds. Will Diaz led the Lions in steals (four) and assists (three).