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Souderton wins 6th straight defeating Perkiomen Valley 51-27

Gabby Marinacci (22) with a trio of Souderton defenders

Souderton defense forced thirteen turnovers

(Collegeville PA) There were some good things and there were some not-so-good things.

Souderton defeated Perkiomen Valley, 51-27, on Friday afternoon in non-league action.

The Indians (7-1) are coming off a season in which they reached the state final four.

In this one Souderton took the lead early and increased it as the game went along.

SHS coach Lynn Carroll was pleased with the six straight wins. “To be 7-1 at the end of December is very nice.  We graduated three starters who are playing at the collegiate level.”

Despite the margin of victory, Coach Carroll was concerned about her team’s play in the first half.  “We settled for quick shots,” she said.  “At halftime we talked of improving our approach on offense.”

Senior Megan Walbrandt (11 points) commented on the Indians improved play in the second half.  “We played a lot more unselfishly.  We were looking for the open person by making the extra pass.  We were able to find the open cutter.”

Freshman Jennifer Beattie (3) chases down Erica Stephens (14)

Perkiomen Valley coach Kelly Sorber saw the game as a learning experience.  “I told the team afterwards that they were able to stick with a very good team for a half.  We need to string more good quarters together.”

After a game-opening three by PV’s Gabby Marinacci (14 points), Souderton turned up the defensive heat and gave the Vikings (3-7) few openings thereafter.

Souderton attacked the Perkiomen ball-handlers, forced turnovers, and started a game-long parade of scoring from close to the basket.

“Our defense was good throughout the game,” said Coach Carroll.  “We’ve built a reputation over the last few years of being a team that plays great man-to-man defense.”

Megan O’Donnell (25) keyed the Souderton fast start

The offense didn’t flow quite as smoothly as the coach would have wanted but the Indians found enough high percentage shots, led by Megan O’Donnell (8 points) to lead 16-8 after the first period.

Senior Megan Walbrandt (11 points) had seven of them in the second quarter, including a three, and the visitors had a 27-15 advantage at halftime.

“I was especially pleased with the way we played in the third quarter,” said Coach Carroll.  And who could blame her?

The Souderton offense began to turn up layups in quantity.  They had three quick ones in the first 1 ½ minutes.

What made the scoring appealing was the cutting and passing that went along with it.  “We were able to find open teammates,” recalled Megan Walbrandt.

Megan Walbrandt (12) passes to an open teammate

The Indians put six straight points together before Gabby Marinacci hit two free throws.

The next Souderton run took all the mystery out of the final outcome.  This time the “straight” points reached ten.  The Vikings were co-conspirators with four turnovers.  Curran O’Donnell (10 points) chose this three-minute segment to drain two 3’s.

The good collection of offense/defense elevated the Souderton spread to 43-17 with 2 ½ minutes to go in the 3rd period. Benches were cleared for the final minutes.

Coach Carroll: “We played so much better in the second half.  We were moving the ball around.  Our assists increased.  It is really fun to watch them when they play that way.”

Coach Sorber: “We’re young.  We have some seniors, but we have three freshmen that get some big minutes.”

Coach Carroll: “Perkiomen will continue to get better with the young talent they have.”

Souderton made nineteen field goals in the game.  Sixteen of their field goals were inside shots.  Is there a higher percentage shot than a layup?

Jennifer Beattie (3) finds a passing lane

The Vikings may have been a little tired because they played Conestoga yesterday.  “We hit fifteen 3-pointers against them,” said Coach Sorber regarding the victory.

The tenacious Indians yielded only three long ones in this afternoon’s victory.

The Vikings totaled thirteen turnovers while Souderton had only five.

Megan Walbrandt (11), Mikaela Reese (10), and Curran O’Donnell (10) paced Souderton.

Mikaela had several blocks for the Indians.

Curran O’Donnell’s three over Katie Hurd

Coach Sorber: “Souderton is a good team.  They’re very well coached.  They run their system very well. They have won districts and they’ve been to the semi’s a lot of times.  They start four seniors.”

Megan Walbrandt: “I hope we’re heading in the same direction we did last year.  I am hoping next year to play basketball in college locally.  I am interested in the health science field.”

I was impressed with the PV gymnasium.

Souderton box

Perkiomen Valley box

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Strong interior defense by Souderton

Mikaela Reese (33) tries to get by Kylie Monaco (14)

Few easy shots for the Vikings

Olivia Schneider (11) to the rim

Battle of the bigs – Souderton’s Mikaela Reese and PV’s Lily Sherman

Curran O’Donnell (22) cuts in for two

Emma Miley (20) guarded by Megan Walbrandt (12) with Mikaela Reese (33) ready to help

Hannah Alderfer (15)

Kelly Owens (34)

Souderton coach Lynn Carroll (standing)


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Fast Start Enough as Souderton Girls Win Wissahickon Holiday Basketball Tournament over Gwynedd-Mercy Academy 50-38

Caitlyn Steinly, Carley Kendall, Liz Mower, and Gabby McAndrews with championship plaque

Libby Wetzler (21) passes inside to Carley Kendall (14)

(Ambler) Souderton separated from Gwynedd-Mercy Academy with a run of eleven unanswered points in the first quarter and went on to capture the girls division of the Wissahickon Holiday Basketball Tournament, 50-38, on Wednesday at Wissahickon High School.

Indian point guard Bianca Picard (35 points in the two-game tournament) was the tourney MVP. Teammates Libby Wetzler and Liz Mower made the All-Tourney team.

Souderton (3-2) jumped on the Monarchs (5-7) early and held a 13-2 lead after six minutes. GW Academy could never get closer than six points (19-13) the rest of the way.

The Indians extended the lead to 37-24 early in the fourth quarter before a Monarch 12-6 run (Taylor Sweeney had two free throws and a three) made it a seven-point game (43-36) with 1:43 left.  Souderton wisely kept the ball in Bianca Picard’s hands the rest of the way.  The sophomore made seven of nine free throws to seal the championship for the Indians.

First quarter Souderton defense.

Souderton’s dominance inside keyed the run of eleven straight early on.  Three of the five baskets were after offensive rebounds by Allison Gallagher (2) and one by Libby Wetzler.

The Monarchs struggled to run organized offense against the trapping and pressing Indians.  All that work to get good shots did a number on the GW Academy shooting accuracy.

High scoring Caroline Shimrock drew denial defense from a number of Souderton players including Carley Kendall.

The Indians were efficient enough to run an organized offense on most possessions and turned up more high percentage shots than the Monarchs, especially around the basket.  Credit point guard Bianca Picard for a lot of that smoothness.

Libby Wetzler led all scorers with fourteen points including ten in the decisive first half.  Bianca Picard added twelve.

Taylor Sweeney paced GW with eleven while the Indian defense held high-scoring Caroline Shimrock to only six points.

Bianca Picard (25) and Allison Gallagher (3) apply pressure

The Dome at Wissahickon High School is one of the best basketball sites I have been in.  The lighting, seating, and floor are all high quality.

The Souderton/Gwynedd Mercy Academy girls game was easily the quietest game I have been to this year.  There was a decent crowd on hand.  Maybe they were just unusually polite??

Souderton box score

Gwynedd-Mercy Academy box score

(The pictures enlarge to normal size if you click on them.)

Bianca Picard (Tourney MVP)

Liz Mower (All-Tourney)

Carley Kendall shoots

Christa Giordano (11) & Katie OConnor (10)

Caroline Shimrock shoots – Libby Wetzler defends

Erin Casey

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Pennridge Defeats Souderton in Boys Volleyball

#12 of Pennridge spikes against Souderton

(East Rockhill PA)  I saw the Pennridge Rams defeat the Souderton Indians, 3-0, in high school boys volleyball Thursday night at Pennridge High School.

I had never seen a high school volleyball game before.  However, I had seen a number of Gordon College women’s volleyball games a few years ago so I wasn’t a total newbie to what went on.

I knew nothing about either Souderton or Pennridge and chose the game because the outdoor conditions (40-50 degrees) around here “encourage” watching an indoor sport.

It turned out, as I learned in online Intelligencer, that Pennridge is a very good, undefeated team.  They are now 5-0 in the Suburban One League Continental Conference.  Last year Pennridge was the PIAA District One Class AAA champ.

The Rams jumped in front early in all three games (25-17, 25-15, 25-12) versus Souderton (4-1).  That early lead was challenged only in the third game. 

High-flying #12 of the Pennridge Rams

I was impressed with the play of #12 of Pennridge.  However, with no program available, I cannot name him.  This player was very successful in finishing plays for the Rams.  He wasn’t very tall but he could leap with good timing.

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