Pennridge stifles Central Bucks East – thereporteronline

EAST ROCKHILL — Pennridge held off the East rival Central Bucks for a satisfying 44-43 victory Friday night.

Rams coach Jason Rapp said, “That was huge. They’re good out there. This team is well-coached. They’re tough. They came out of timeouts and made big shots. (Coach Liz Potash) just got them ready to play. And they’re strong play. We needed it.”

The Rams’ winning fourth quarter had the necessary ingredients.

“We got some rebounds, made some stops, made some free throws. And I thought we took very good care of the ball,” Rapp said. “We had some jitters early and I think we hung on and took care of the ball. That’s what you need in a one-point game.”

Pennridge and CB East battle for a turnover during a division clash. (Kev Hunter/MediaNews Group)

The win lifted Pennridge’s Suburban One League Colonial Division record to 1-2. East is now 2-1.

“Our girls fought. (The East has) two fantastic shooters (in Anna Barry and Natalie Berndt). And we did a very good job,” said Rep. “Anna Croyle and Ava Fantasky did an incredible job on defense. We were hitting passes and we made sure 30 and 21 weren’t going to be the two girls to beat us.”

The Rams’ defense helped secure a 34-26 lead entering the fourth.

The Patriots closed within three, but a jumper by the Rams’ Grace Rosick cut the Rams’ lead back to 36-31.

Around the four-minute mark, Katie Yoder made a layup and completed a three-point play to give Pennridge a 39-33 lead.

The Patriots stayed, and Kendall Gregor, who kicked the ball, made the score deadlocked at 41 apiece.

Grace Rosica contributed well at both ends in Pennridge's win over CB East.  (Kev Hunter/MediaNews Group)
Grace Rosica contributed well at both ends in Pennridge’s win over CB East. (Kev Hunter/MediaNews Group)

But Yoder made one of two free throws, Rosica made a pair and the Rams led 44-41 in the final minute.

Two crucial stops by the Rams defense gave the Patriots little time to tie the game. East scored with less than a second left to make it 44-43, but all the Rams had to do was pass the ball and the game was theirs.

“It’s a big win after two tough losses,” Rosica said. “We went out shooting tonight. We just wanted to go out with a lot of energy. We did everything the coach wanted us to do. East is a really good team, but we came out hard. And we just kept the momentum, kept the positive attitude and kept going.

“The defense was huge. Author: Anna Croyle. She was very cruel to Anna. She played great defense. Both Annas are great players.”

The “D” comes together for the Rams.

“Souderton and North Penn put up a lot of points for us, so it was nice to come here and finally have a little bit of an identity,” Rapp said. “Because you know you’re going to get it from (East). They are tough and they are protective.

“I told the girls, you’re 0-3 in the division and it’s really an uphill battle. It can turn your season around. We’ve got three games next week so we’ll have a good idea of ​​who we are by Christmas.”

Ella Brown and Yoder each scored 11 points for the Rams. Rosicky had eight, while Croyle and Poole each had seven.

Rosika said: “We had up and down points.”

The Rams like where they are headed.

“First of all, we are a family. This is the biggest thing,” Rositsa said. “We are all so close together. We are one big unit. We have the energy, we have the right mindset. We have a great coach and I feel like we’re going to go pretty far.”

Pennridge hosts Central Bucks West on Tuesday night at 7 and CB East will be at home the same night against Souderton Area at 7.

Pennridge 44, Central Bucks East 43

CB East 4 14 8 17 – 43

Pennridge 9 12 13 10 – 44

CB East: 11 Erin LeRay 5 0-0 10, 21 Natalie Berndt 4 0-0 11, 34 Chantal Van Dongeren 1 0-1 2, 42 Kendall Gregor 4 0-0 9, 50 Jess Lockwood 4 2-2 11. Totals results 18 2-8 43.

Pennridge: 1 Ella Brown 4 2-2 11, 2 Grace Rosica 2 4-4 8, 3 Anna Croyle 3 0-0 7, 4 Katie Yoder 3 5-6 11, 10 Ava Fantasky 0 0-2 0, 15 Olivia Poole 3 0-0 7. Total 15 11-14 44.

3-pointers: CBE-Berndt 3, Gregor, Lockwood; P-Brown, Croyle, Poole.

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