Wednesday, February 27, 2013

GIRLS BASKETBALL: St. Basil's defense shuts down Pioneers

For Montgomery Media / MARK C. PSORAS Christopher Dock's Lauren Hunsberger has a ball knocked away by St. Basil defenders Kelly Mancini and Liz Napierkowski during Tuesday's District One Class AA playoff action.
Thanks to a strong regular season the St. Basil Academy girls basketball team was awarded the top seed in the District One Class AA playoffs. However the Panthers still felt like work needed to be done before they were going to acknowledge any accolades.

Taking down the defending district champ Christopher Dock was the first step, but the Pioneers did not plan to willingly hand over the title. If the fourth seed was relinquishing their title, it was going to go down kicking and screaming.

“This is a new venture for us,” Panthers coach Terry Mancini said. “This is new teams we are facing and the long layoff we had hurt us in the first half. Once we got our legs we showed what we were capable of.”

It did not take long for the Panthers to prove it was their championship to win or lose this season — their first as a Class AA club — and St. Basil’s fast start led to a 50-14 semifinal win at Wissahickon Tuesday night.

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