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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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William Tennent girls defeat Quakertown 56-31 to take Quakertown Christmas Tournament title

William Tennent - Quakertown Christmas Tournament champs

William Tennent – Quakertown Christmas Tournament champs

Nikki Alden (14 points) beats Taylor Herd on inbounds play

Nikki Alden (14 points) beats Taylor Herd on inbounds play

(Quakertown)  William Tennent (6-2) pulled away from Quakertown in the second half and won the Quakertown Christmas Tournament, 56-31, on Friday night.

(Both girls teams are the Lady Panthers so I will refrain from using the name.)

Quakertown (2-6) trailed just 23-17 at the half but the visitors from Warminster put a 10-2 segment together in the first three minutes of the third quarter and never looked back.

Q’Town’s deficit was twelve (37-25) with two minutes to go in the third quarter.  WT, however, scored all the points in the next 4 ½ minutes of playing time and this game became a 45-25 blowout with 5 ½ minutes left.

The rest of the game featured non-regular players.  Quakertown was assessed a technical foul during this part of the game when they tried to use a player who wasn’t even listed in the scorebook.  Trust me, this miscue had no bearing on the final outcome.

Allison Chadburn (12 points) on the break

Allison Chadburn (12 points) on the break

Nikki Alden (14), Angie Pomponio (13), and Allison Chatburn (12) led William Tennent on the scoresheet.  WT was very unselfish and there were plenty of eye-catching assists setting up high-percentage shots.  Backdoor cuts and weak-side cuts caught Quakertown napping numerous times.

WT was also very effective on inbounds plays in their scoring end.  Quakertown stuck with a man-to-man defense  and WT screens led to layups.

Quakertown was impressive early on.  They made three’s and actually led, 11-9, one minute into the second quarter.  Freshman Taylor Herd had two long ones and senior Kathryne Vetter added another one.  Unfortunately, those three 3’s would be the only ones the host team would get in the game, although quite a few others were launched.

tight Quakertown defense

tight Quakertown defense

When the outside game deserted Quakertown they were in big trouble against a team playing well on both ends of the court.  WT took the lead for good, 12-11, on a three by Angie Pomponio.  That would be WT’s only three.

William Tennent full-court pressure caused several pick-two’s.  However, it was in the half-court that Quakertown was most effected by WT pressure.  By my unofficial stats, WT forced twenty turnovers.

Ashlee Ruzicka (12 points) led Quakertown in scoring getting eight of them coming in the third quarter.  She was a force inside but Q’Town had trouble getting the ball inside to her.

Ally Fenner shoots over Taylor Herd and Ashlee Ruzicka

Ally Fenner shoots over Taylor Herd and Ashlee Ruzicka

WT separated from Q’Town with nine unanswered points in the second quarter.  Baskets by Nikki Alden, Ally Fenner, and Allison Chatburn plus free throws by Nikki (two) and Ally (one) did the damage and turned a 14-13 close game into a ten-point (23-13) WT advantage.

The decisive surge in the third quarter, when WT pushed a 23-17 halftime lead to 33-19, was engineered by Nikki (layup and two free throws),  Angie Pomponio (layup), and Allison (two baskets).  This spurt turned out to be the one that Quakertown didn’t recover from.

I was impressed with the improvement of Quakertown from last season.  The recovery from injury of Kathryne Vetter and the addition of freshman Taylor Herd have significantly upgraded Q’Town.

Credit the WT defense.  They were well aware of both Kathryne and Taylor and there were very few good looks for either of them.

Ashlee Ruzicka (12 points) looks to the hoop

Ashlee Ruzicka (12 points) looks to the hoop

I recall seeing Ashlee Ruzicka last year playing with one knee brace.  Now she has two.

I was impressed with the organization of WT on both ends of the court.  The team concept was in play in both areas.  Good shots for them and tough shots for Quakertown were the results.

Kathryne Vetter fouled out with over five minutes left.  She was held to three points by WT after getting twenty-one points in the opening round of the tournament.

Most of the basketball games I see (Massachusetts) are played with a shot clock.  There is no sitting back in PA games waiting for the shot clock to help you get the ball out of an opponent’s hands.  Being able to create pressure and handle pressure are absolute musts in PA.

Who can you trust?  The very fancy program given out at the game had William TennEnt spelled, “William TennAnt.”

William Tennent boxscore

Quakertown boxscore

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Brooke Alwine launches

Brooke Alwine launches

Taylor Herd (21) heads for the hoop

Taylor Herd (21) heads for the hoop

Kathryne Vetter

Kathryne Vetter

Ally Fenner drives on Ashlee Ruzicka

Ally Fenner drives on Ashlee Ruzicka

Taylor Herd (9 points) tries to get past Alyssa Christiansen

Taylor Herd (9 points) tries to get past Alyssa Christiansen

Spenser Gray and Angie Pomponio (13 points)

Spenser Gray and Angie Pomponio (13 points)

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