WARMINSTER >> Pennridge’s 3-1 start is due in large part to the play of its defense.
“Communication is the key,” the Rams’ Ashley Gordon said. “And filling the gap and getting in the help. We struggled with that a lot so to be able to come back this year and improve upon that, that’s winning games for us.
“And that’s the key, to play that good defense and talk.”
The Rams shut down William Tennent Friday night in their 49-22 victory, particularly in the first half.
Pennridge allowed Tennent just six first-half points on the way to building a commanding lead.
“Great defensive effort,” Pennridge coach Mike Elton said. “We were working on our help and pressuring the ball a little bit. We struggled with that (in the loss to Lansdale Catholic). So it’s nice to be able to come off a tough loss like that and come out and play well.”
Offense comes around >> The Rams were in control the whole way, getting their offense going more as the game went on.
Gordon led the way with 12 points, including one of the Rams’ two 3-pointers. They sank 11 threes against LC.
“We work on it a lot at practice and we value it,” Gordon said of the three. “We’ve just been hot these past few games.”
Ten different players scored for Pennridge, with Julia Kreider contributing seven and Evelyn Loughery adding six.
“I thought our ball movement was just incredible, especially in that third quarter,” Gordon said. “When they pressed us, we were just moving the ball and nobdy was selfish. We just kicked it out and found the open player and got the easy layup.”
Bouncing back >> Pennridge wanted to put that tough loss to LC behind.
“We had that fueling us. We wanted to come in here and prove who we were,” Gordon said. “And make a statement that this season’s gonna be big for us.”
Showing signs >> Sophomore guard Chase Dubzak had a nice game for the Panthers, hitting a three and finishing with a team-high seven points.
Tennent’s defense limited the Rams to just nine points in the first before Pennridge started to find its way.
“It felt like we were a little tight in the first half,” Elton said. “We loosened up a little bit. And we pulled down a decent amount of rebounds.”
William Tennent 22
Pennridge 9 16 12 12 – 49
Tennent 4 2 10 6 – 22
Pennridge: Corrin Mart 0 4-8 4, Grace Rosica 1 0-0 2, Katie Yoder 2 1-4 5, Julia Kreider 2 3-4 7, Kiersten Moyer 2 0-0 4, Emma Pyne 1 0-0 3, Evelyn Loughery 3 0-2 6, Jillian Coughlin 2 0-0 4, Ryan Hodder 1 0-0 2, Ashley Gordon 3 5-5 12. Totals 17 13-23 49.
Tennent: Emily Thran 0 1-2 1, Olivia Kaczmarek 0 2-2 2, Direidy Serrano 2 0-2 4, Hannah Reimel 2 0-0 5, Chase Dubzak 2 2-2 7, Courtney Bragen 1 0-1 2, Erin Hart 0 1-2 1. Totals 7 6-11 22.
3-pointers: P-Pyne, Gordon; WT-Reimel, Dubzak.
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