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GIRLS BASKETBALL: William Tennent Topples Plymouth Whitemarsh

February 20, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

By Anthony Stipa
The Public Spirit/Globe Times Chronicle

William Tennent's Ashley Alden drives to the basket during Saturday's District One Class AAAA playoff game against Plymouth Whitemarsh. (Scott Roman/Montgomery Media)

There were no tears to be found as the Plymouth-Whitemarsh girls basketball team shuffled out of the visitor’s locker room at William Tennent High School. The Colonials, who had just been scratched out of the District One Class AAAA playoffs, 63-50, by William Tennent, only had time for smiles.

The Panthers (13th seed) built a substantial lead in the first half, and turned back a spirited Colonials’ (20th seed) rally in the second half to move into round two.

“This team has it in them to fight back and they just want to go out there and play basketball and that’s what I’ve been trying to tell them the whole year,” Colonials’ coach Becky Duffy said. “Don”t worry about anything, don”t worry about the scoreboard, [and] don”t worry about any of that. Just go play basketball.”

William Tennent put on a clinic in diversity in the first quarter. They displayed their team depth by having six different players score the first six baskets. All in all it was a dismal shooting performance for the Colonials, who mustered only one field goal in the opening eight minutes. It was PW’s first playoff game since 2004, putting all 14 players in unfamiliar territory.

As the second quarter moved on, the Panthers found their range from deep. Senior Ashley Alden connected on the team’s third three-pointer of the quarter to give Tennent a 24-8 lead. Alden had a half dozen rebounds by half’s end, and finished with a team-high 18 points. The Panthers had control of the boards, and were often granted second and third chance opportunities.

“We were able to control the boards and that was a defensive key for us,” Panthers’ coach Paul Veltre said. “Yeah, I do think we didn’t give them too many second chance shots and, yes, that did help.”

With 6:31 to go in the third quarter, the Panthers established their largest lead, 38-21. It was then that the Colonials began to chop into the deficit. Junior forward Erin Martin, who finished with 12 points, coasted into the lane for two. Minutes later, pint-size sophomore guard Maya Thomas dropped a three-ball from the top of the key. Schumacher followed suit on the team’s next possession.

Again, it was Schumacher who led all scorers with 22 points. Utilizing a corkscrewed left-handed release, she buried another three to get the Colonials within eight points.

“I thought we played a really good game,” Schumacher said. “The problem was we couldn’t buy a basket, the ball would not go in the hoop. I know personally I missed a lot early on. I usually make more three-pointers.”

The Panthers’ size and the Colonials’ inefficient shooting down the stretch kept PW from gaining any more ground. The only option left for PW was to foul. However, the Panthers went 8-of-13 in the fourth quarter to secure victory.

“I give a lot of credit to Tennent, they’ve got a stellar team,” Duffy said. “I mean they’ve got a ton of height, a lot of aggressive players, they are well coached. So, it’s a tough loss for us, but I’m proud of the fact that they came in and they executed our game plan.”

The Colonials finish the year at 15-8. The Panthers advance to take on fellow Panthers’ the No. 4 seeded Cheltenham Panthers.

“We have some tape and we scouted them last night, but we made a pact that we wouldn’t talk about it until after this game because it really didn’t matter yet. So, we start tonight,” Veltre said.

Plymouth Whitemarsh (50): Schumacher 7 6-8 22, Thomas 3 3-6 10, Jones 0 1-1 1, Martin 6 0-2 12, Borkowski 2 1-2 5, Hackenbrack 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 11-19 50.

William Tennent (63): Horn 4 0-0 8, Alden 8 1-2 18, Malatesta 2 1-3 7, O’Donnell 3 0-0 6, Wasserleben 1 0-0 2, Chatburn 3 5-6 11, Mueller 1 0-0 3, Kougl 2 4-6 8. Totals 22 11-17 63.

Three-point goals: Schumacher 2, Malatesta 2, Thomas, Alden, Mueller.

Plymouth Whitemarsh 5-12-21-12 — 50

William Tennent 13-19-17-14 — 63

Republished with the permission of The Public Spirit/Globe Times Chronicle

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