(Quakertown PA) What a second half!
William Tennent poured in forty-six points in the second half and defeated Palisades, 66-52, on Monday night to win the Quakertown Holiday Tournament.
Led by Karlee Krchnavi (31 points), the Pirates of the Colonial League East had a ten-point lead (18-8) in the first quarter and still led by three (23-20) at halftime.
But the Panthers (6-4) began running points together in the second quarter and after putting up ten unanswered points erased a 23-17 deficit two minutes into the third quarter.
The Pirates (3-4) responded with a Karlee Krchnavi 3-pointer and two free throws by Lizzie Sessinger to regain the lead, 28-26, at 5:24 of the third period. Anyone’s game at this point.
The next 3 1/2 minutes were all Tennent and it wasn’t just the fifteen-point run they put together. It was the defense on 5-11 Karlee Krchnavi that keyed the game-deciding separation. Several Panthers, led by Angie Pomponio, played denial defense on Karlee and it worked. Karlee’s touches were limited while Tennent was able to turn Palisades pressure into good looks down the other end.
Angie Pomponio (23 points) paced the team from Warminster with two 3’s, and tightly defended drives to the hoop. Karlee did reject one of Angie’s drives to the basket.
Kyla Gibson (20 points) tallied fourteen in the second half and was on the money end of several nice passes from Alyssa Christiansen. Kyla also connected on two 3’s.
Three of Tennent’s six three’s came during the 15-point breakaway segment. The Panthers from the Suburban One Conference finished the scoring surge up, 41-28, with two minutes left in the third quarter. The team from Kintnersville never recovered.
Karlee collected ten of her thirty-one points in the final four minutes of the game but the Panthers cashed 10-of-12 free throws in the end game to maintain separation and win the championship.
Angie Pomponio was injured early in the third quarter but returned later.
Both Alyssa Christiansen and Kyla Gibson fouled out.
During the 15-point, game-decider PHS coach Dean Reiman pulled his five starters for a minute or so.
The game was played at the Strayer Middle School in Quakertown.
I saw Tennent defeat Quakertown for the title in 2012 and Palisades defeat Q’Town for the title in 2011. I believe Palisades won the title last year.
Unofficially, Tennent had sixteen turnovers while Palisades had twenty.
Karlee Krchnavi turned six rebounds into baskets.
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