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Offense a Struggle for Upper Perkiomen Girls
Written by Bradley Schlegel

            Three games into its Pioneer Athletic Conference schedule, Upper Perkiomen's

girls basketball team faces familiar offensive issues. An inability to consistently score has the team struggling to compete.

            The issue hasn't been created by a lack of enthusiasm, according to head coach Greg Swavely.  "I can't fault our effort or our intensity," he said last week following a 51-29 loss to Phoenixville on Dec. 22. "We've got to figure out the offense."

            The Indians (2-6, 0-3) are scoring 27.2 points to game though their first eight games following a win Tuesday. They posted a season high in points in a 40-21 victory over Chichester in the opening round of the Octorara Christmas Tournament.

 In three conference losses, Upper Perkiomen is averaging 23 points.

            "There are no easy games in the PAC," Swavely said.

            Finding a point guard to handle the ball and facilitate the offense could provide the necessary stability, according to Swavely.  "I have no doubt this program will get to where it needs to be," he said. "I'm seeing progress every day."

            In their final game before Christmas, the coach appeared to experiment with several different options. Kaitlyn Mundy, a junior who had handled the ball for most of the season, spent most of the game in a familiar role as a wing player.

            Kelsey Bernhart, a sophomore, Brianna Goodwin, a ninth grader, and junior Kayla Ramos took turns bringing up the ball.  "Hopefully we can find a spark," the coach said.

            Ramos, who missed the last two games with a concussion, delivered a game-high 16 points for Upper Perkiomen in the loss to the visiting Phantoms. She converted four 3-pointers from the same spot on the left wing.

            Mundy said Ramos, a junior transfer from Salem Christian School in Macungie, should help with the offensive issues. Swavely called Ramos a pure shooter.

            Sierra Kelly contributed seven points and eight rebounds in the Frontier Division game for the Indians.

            Ameerah Green finished with 14 points to lead Phoenixville, which led 29-10 at halftime. Mackenzie Shoemaker contributed 12 points and Peyton Graham added 10.  "That's the kind of balance we are looking for," the coach said.

            Early on, the Phantoms utilized a three-quarter court trap to multiple turnovers and build an 8-0 lead. Graham registered two steals that led directly to easy baskets. 

            In the second quarter, Shoemaker posted six points to highlight their 13-3 run. Ramos' 3-pointer in the final minute of the second accounted for Upper Perkiomen's only points.  "We had too many lapses," said Mundy, who finished the game with three points and three assists.

            In the fourth quarter, the Indians scored a game-high 14 points. Working against a zone defense, they successful set up multiple layups and put back opportunities for Emma Steffon and Kelly.

            One night earlier, they lost 51-22 to Pottsgrove. Mundy scored seven of her team-high 10 points in the second quarter. Steffon finished with four points. Riley Simon and Sierra Potts each scored a game-high 11 points to lead the host Falcons.





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