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Record-setting delayed but Palisades gets 44-23 tourney win over William Tennent

Palisades (2015 William Tennent - Holiday Classic champions

Palisades  – 2015 William Tennent Holiday Classic champions

Karlee Krchnavi (14 points) shoots from long range

Karlee Krchnavi (14 points) shoots from long range

(Warminster PA) Karlee Krchnavi did not set the Palisades scoring record (she needed twenty-one points) but everything else went nicely for the Pirates (7-2) as they easily defeated William Tennent, 43-22, on Tuesday night.

The victory, in the championship game of the William Tennent Holiday Classic, came about for Palisades thanks in large part to a tight man-to-man defense. The host team spent a night with infrequent inside opportunities and very few second chances.

Karlee and teammate Kayla Reed topped all scorers with fourteen points each. Karlee now needs seven more to become the Pirates all-time scoring leader.

To say that the Panthers (5-5) struggled to get points is to put it mildly. Being on its home court didn’t help a bit as WT suffered through a one-point first quarter and a two-point third quarter. Not many games are won at that pace!

The Panthers were geared up defensively to keep six-foot Karlee from getting uncontested entry passes using an assortment of zone defenses. However, the Pirates most of the time resisted forcing passes in closer instead opted for high-percentage openings. Overplaying Karlee provided some juicy opportunities for Kayla Reed and Katie King that turned into layups.

Palisades ran nine straight points in the first four minutes before the Panthers’ Braylin Dougherty made a free throw. The last four minutes of the first quarter were all Pirates as they put ten unanswered points together to grab a 19-1 lead.

Karlee drained a three in the breakaway quarter while junior Alexa Parks had a nifty under-and-up layup.

Kelly Scipione drives on Katie King

Kelly Scipione drives on Katie King

The visitors from Kintnerville increased their advantage to 31-9 at halftime despite a three by the Panthers’ Kelly Scipione.

A year ago to the day, in the Quakertown Holiday Tournament, Palisades had a nice halftime lead only to have WT roar back with a 47-point second half to win going away 66-52. I wondered at halftime if maybe the Panthers might have some sort of comeback up their collective sleeves.

William Tennent did win the second half, 13-12, but the third quarter was a disaster. The Panthers were shut out for 6 ½ minutes, during which they committed six turnovers, and their deficit became thirty (39-9). A layup by freshman Jenna Rodebaugh provided WT’s only points.

One benefit of the large point spread was that everyone in uniform saw plenty of action. Karlee, in particular, did a lot of watching. Obviously, if PHS coach Brad Huebner wanted Karlee to break the scoring record at William Tennent it could have happened. Now that record-breaking event is orchestrated for the Pirates next game which is at home.

In the game versus WT a year ago Karlee had thirty-one points. On that difficult evening her teammates struggled to score and get back on defense against a fast-paced Panthers’ playing style.

Sophomore Kayla Reed (#11) added fourteen points for the Pirates

Sophomore Kayla Reed (#11) added fourteen points for the Pirates

This time around Karlee struggled from the outside but her teammates made up the difference on both ends of the court.

William Tennent may have been capable of pressing well but frigid shooting kept them from being able to get into any sort of turnover-causing, full-court pressure.

Palisades box

William Tennent box

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Karlee Krchnavi is seven points away from being Palisades all-time top scorer

Karlee Krchnavi is seven points away from being Palisades all-time top scorer

Alex Parks and Karlee Krchnavi get championship trophy

Alex Parks and Karlee Krchnavi get championship trophy

Katie King (#10) looks to pass

Katie King (#10) looks to pass

Karlee Krchnavi (#20) putback

Karlee Krchnavi (#20) putback

Karlee Krchnavi tussles with Braylin Dougherty

Karlee Krchnavi tussles with Braylin Dougherty

Sarah Richie makes all-tourney team

Sarah Richie makes all-tourney team

Alexa Parks defends

Alexa Parks defends

Game on!

Game on!

Alexa Parks goes under-and-up

Alexa Parks goes under-and-up

Katie King goes baseline

Katie King goes baseline

Katie King (#10) floats up two in the lane

Katie King (#10) floats up two in the lane

Claire Olmstead (#15) intercepts a Panthers' pass

Claire Olmstead (#15) intercepts a Panthers’ pass

Freshman Kaitlyn Cavallaro

Freshman Kaitlyn Cavallaro

 

 

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William Tennent downs Palisades 66-52 to win Q’Town Holiday Tournament

William Tennent - 2014 Quakertown Holiday Tournament champs

William Tennent – 2014 Quakertown Holiday Tournament champs

Karlee Krchnavi (31 points for Palisades)

Karlee Krchnavi (31 points for Palisades)

(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) led a strong Tennent second half

Angie Pomponio (23 points) led a strong Tennent second half

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.

Kyla Gibson (20 points) showed plenty of speed and defense in the Tennent win

Kyla Gibson (20 points) showed plenty of speed and defense in the Tennent win

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.

William Tennent box

Palisades box

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Mine!

Mine!

Denial defense on Karlee Krchnavi

Denial defense on Karlee Krchnavi

Five starters return for Palisades

Five starters return for Palisades

Angie Pomponio runs into 5-11 shot blocker Karlee Krchnavi

Angie Pomponio runs into 5-11 shot blocker Karlee Krchnavi

Kayla Reed

Kayla Reed

Alyssa Christiansen dribbles

Alyssa Christiansen dribbles

Karlee Krachnavi elevates

Karlee Krachnavi elevates

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Palisades Routs Quakertown 49-26 With Strong Second Half in Girls Basketball Christmas Tourney

Ashlee Ruzicka (15) tries to deny pass to Joey Noonan.

Kirby Funt (41) fouls Brittany Taylor (33)

(Quakertown) Winless Palisades blew open a close game in the second half and decisively defeated Quakertown, 49-26, in the opening round of the Quakertown Christmas Girls Basketball Tourney on a rainy Tuesday night.

This game was hardly decided four minutes into the third quarter when two Ashlee Ruzicka free throws cut the Pirate advantage to, 25-21.

However, the next seven minutes stretching into the fourth period did in the Panthers.  It sure didn’t help them to have three of their best players (Brittany Taylor, Katie Kelsall, and Monica Ervin) foul out during this segment.  The loss of these players was most noticeable on defense.

It took Palisades (1-5) twenty minutes to get their first 25 points.  Over the next seven minutes they poured in 16 points turning this game into a 41-22 blowout with just three minutes left.

Samantha Sharo tries to shoot over Monica Ervin (54)

During the memorable run of Pirate scoring there was a lot to like for the folks from Kintnerville.  The Panthers overplayed 6-2 Joey Noonan on an inbounds play and that left Emily Odle all alone for an easy layup.  Joey was on the layup end of nice passes from Katie Salva and Kirby Funt.  Lizzie Sessinger made a layup just before the end of the 3rd quarter fed nicely by Marylee Hendricks.

When all this dust cleared Palisades had put together a 16-1 run to build up a 41-23 spread.  The reserves from both squads carried the action the rest of the way to a 49-26 final.

Sophomore Joey Noonan led all scorers with fourteen points.  Samantha Sharo added twelve.

Brittany Taylor topped Quakertown with seven points despite fouling out with 4:26 to go in the third period.

Palisades relentlessly pressured/trapped the Quakertown guards after they crossed half-court.  Turnovers of all flavors resulted.  Most of the violations were for traveling.  I was at a game recently where such a violation set off the student section chanting, “Where you going!”

Ashlee Ruzicka (15) fouls Joey Noonan (25)

Down the other end the Pirates were very intent on getting the ball inside to Joey Noonan.  Credit undersized Ashlee Ruzicka for keeping Joey from doing too much damage.

The defense that worked the best for Quakertown (1-5) was a zone that they used in the second quarter.  Denied the inside the Pirates struggled from the outside.  Quakertown was able to turn a 16-6 deficit early in the 2nd quarter into a much more manageable 21-19 deficit at halftime.

The Panthers hit 9-of-12 free throws during that second quarter.

Freshman Marylee Hendricks injured a knee at the start of the final quarter and came back later on crutches with an icepack on her knee.

Quakertown has one senior (Katie Kelsall) while Palisades has two (Amberli Delimit & Kirby Funt).

I was surprised to see another photographer roaming around taking pictures of players DURING the National Anthem.  Maybe this game was nationally televised?

Palisades box score

Quakertown box score

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Joey Noonan rebounds

Emily Odle

Samantha Sharo

Katie Kelsall (50) & Kate Salva (23)

Joey Noonan

Becca Robison

Ashlee Ruzicka defends

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