Pennridge boys’ basketball lost a tough one, 51-49, to North Penn on Thursday. The Rams led 28-24 at the half. Dan Long amassed 20 points to pace Pennridge. He was backed by Joe Molettiere (13 points) and Mike Tatarowicz (10). The Rams fell to 8-5 in the SOL Continental and will return to action Saturday against Quakertown.
By James Evans
The South Hunterdon Eagles lost their third game in the past six, as they dropped to 13-4 following a 62-57 loss to the Del Val Terriers (9-6) on Tuesday. It was another poor third quarter by the Eagles that hurt them in the second half in a game that was close throughout.
In three of their four losses this season, the Eagles have lost their lead or tie game in the third quarter. Tuesday, with the game tied after the first quarter (8-8) and again at the half (26-26), the Eagles were down by nine in the final minute of the third quarter. However, the early troubles for South began well before the game even started. Guard Daniel Begg remarked postgame that he was worried that “some of the guys are playing with their heads down” and that “the recent struggles have affected the team.” Junior guard Josh Phillips echoed the senior captain’s thoughts after the loss: “We need to pick our heads up for the final third of our season, no question.”
The goal for the night was to contain Terriers forward Josh Christ, who had 22 points in the team’s first contest on Jan. 7. In the rematch, the Terriers hoped to exact revenge for the 62-54 loss, and did so in front of a raucous home crowd. Christ was not as contained as he was in the first contest, greatly swinging the game in the final minutes, hitting two clutch free throws to seal it. However, this game did not look like the Eagles to win from the start.
Junior guard Brennan Carey, who had a team-high 19 points in the first contest, had five turnovers in the first half and shot poorly from the field, so personifying much of South’s early basketball. As trite as it may be “the shots were not falling tonight,” which was certainly reflected in the Eagles’ low shooting percentage. Yet, the game, despite the abysmal third quarter and the early shooting, was within two with 1:01 left to play in the fourth. However, like they have all season, the Eagles lost the game on two critical foul shots in the final minutes. One, a 1-1 opportunity for senior guard Devon Troutman, was missed, along with two shots to keep it a one possession game by Jake Whitaker.
Due to snow, the Eagles will have a back-to-back this Thursday/Friday against Manville and then either Belvidere or Vernon. The latter game will be the opening of the Eagles’ Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex County tournament. If the Eagles hope to have any success at the season’s end, these two games are needed to build the confidence back up and lift the heads high.
Ashlee Ruzicka netted 18 points in a 48-38 Quakertown girls’ basketball setback to Hatboro-Horsham on Tuesday night. Meghan Klee joined Ruzicka in double figures for the Panthers with 10 points.
Palisades girls’ basketball lost to Notre Dame Green Pond, 43-31, on Tuesday. Joey Noonan (13 points) and Karlee Krchnavi (12) combined for 25 of the Pirates’ 31 points.
Faith Christian boys’ hoops sent back Plumstead Christian, 54-40, on Tuesday. Ezekiel Snowden was a force for the Lions, amassing 16 points and eight rebounds. Tyler Landis was close to a double-double with 15 points and nine boards. Danny Ziccardi contributed 11 points in the winning effort.
Faith Christian girls’ basketball notched a huge win Tuesday over first-place Phil-Mont Christian, 40-35. The Lions outscored Phil-Mont, 15-8, in the fourth quarter. Monica Ervin deposited 14 points for Faith. She was assisted by Liz Hoffman and Ashley Forker, each of whom managed 10 points.
Central Bucks East boys’ basketball shot 24 for 41 from the floor and 10 for 13 from the line en route to a 65-47 victory Tuesday over Pennridge. Patriot Tommy Strasburger filled out the stat sheet with a team-high 18 points, six rebounds and six assists. Brendan McLaughlin added 16 points and Matt Gentry 11. For the Rams, Dan Long managed 12 points, while teammates Zach Muredda and Joe Molettiere each deposited 11 and Mike Tatarowicz 10.
Karlee Krchnavi scored 29 points and Joey Noonan contributed 12 as Palisades girls’ basketball defeated Palmerton, 58-50, on Saturday in a Colonial League match-up. Alexa Parks added nine points for the victors.
Frankford erased a 31-18 halftime deficit to surprise Central Bucks East boys’ hoops, 59-53, on Saturday. Brendan McLaughlin and Matt Gentry registered 15 and 12 points, respectively, to lead the Patriots. Tommy Strasburger added 10.
A 16-1 Exeter third quarter spelled doom for the Quakertown girls’ basketball team on Saturday. The Panthers lost, 42-29. Ashlee Ruzicka deposited a team-high nine points for Quakertown. Brooke Alwine added seven and Meghan Klee six.