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Indians Capture Octorara Christmas Tournament
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
2018-01-04

            The 75-minute bus ride home from Southern Chester County on December 27 following a tournament at the Octorara High School had a different atmosphere.

            Members of the Upper Perkiomen girls basketball team celebrated the entire way, according to head coach Greg Swavely.

            "I was so happy for them," Swavely said.

            "Everyone was in a good mood," said Kaitlyn Mundy, a senior guard. "We did a lot of bonding."

            Last week, Mundy led the Indians (3-7 overall, 0-4 PAC) to the championship of the Octorara Christmas Tournament in Atglen. She captured the most valuable player award after scoring a game-high 22 points in a 47-26 victory over the host Braves on December 27. Senior post player Sierra Kelly was named to the all-tournament team.

            One day earlier, the Tribe posted a 40-21 win over Chichester. 

            "We had a really good tournament," Swavely said. "We scored, kept the turnovers low and played good defense. We finally put together consecutive games where people scored. It was nice to see."

            According to Mundy, the players showed themselves what is possible. She said they worked together more efficiently than the initial seven games and displayed an ability to score enough to be competitive throughout the season.

            "We know what we're capable of," Mundy said. "Sometimes that does not always happen. But winning those games and scoring that many points shows what is possible."

            Swavely has seen an uptick in his players' confidence since the title. He said the girls have also learned they can compete against any opponent "if they bring their A game."

            The Tribe, which posted only two victories over the previous two seasons combined, opened the tournament on December 26 with a convincing 19-point victory over the Eagles. Kayla Ramos scored a team-high 11 points. 

            Kelly contributed eight points for Upper Perkiomen, which got offensive contributions from six players to set a season high in points. Ayden Pigeon and Erika Boyer each added six points, while Mundy delivered five points and Kelsey Bernhart added four.

            In the title game, Mundy scored 11 points in the first half, nine of which came in the first quarter. Kelly finished the game with 13 points, while Ramos added 10.  "The girls now know what they are capable of," Swavely said. "It was good for them to see all their hard work come to fruition."

            According to the coach, Mundy embraced her role as the main ball handler and a key offensive performer. Swavely said her confidence grew after converting a few shots early against Chichester. Mundy said the coaching staff encouraged her to take good shots.

            "Kaitlyn really stepped up and took the team on her shoulders," the coach said. "I'm proud of her effort."

            Mundy expressed hope that the confidence boost created by the title would carry over into the rest of the Indians' season, which resumed Tuesday against Pioneer Athletic Conference Pope John Paul II.

            However, the visiting Panthers posted a 59-19 victory. Mundy paced Upper Perkiomen with a team-high 15 points.


 

 

 

 

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