On to Methacton.
Host Pennridge rolled out to a 9-0 lead over North Penn in the opening moments, and they never had their lead in doubt as the No. 8 Rams cruised to a 55-41 win over No. 24 North Penn in the District One Class 6A second-round game Tuesday night.
With the win, the Rams (19-6) travel to meet the top-seeded Warriors in the quarterfinals Friday night. Pennridge also qualified for the state tournament for the third consecutive season.
Senior Paul Croyle, who recently broke his foot, provided Pennridge with an early spark, scoring seven of his eight points in his team’s 12-point opening quarter that gave the Rams a double-digit lead that they maintained most of the evening.
Fellow senior Chris Guldin had a game-high 22 points, giving the Rams a late jolt with 10 of his points in the third quarter. Pennridge led 17-10 after one quarter and took control the rest of the way with a 29-16 advantage.
Pennridge had a bye in the opening round and came off its inaugural Suburban One League title win over Cheltenham. Connor Pleibel added eight points and Trent Fisher chipped in with seven.
It has been more of a balanced cast from last year that has been continuing to find their identity.
“This was another big win for this group and they are gaining more experience in the process,” said Pennridge head coach Dean Behrens. “We have played well lately, but we still haven’t peaked.
“It was good to see Paul have a good game. He has been working hard and it looks like he is back where he should be. This team has shown a lot of character, and we’re looking forward to Friday.”