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Offensive Struggles Continue for Lady Indians Basketball
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Correspondent

Lady Indians' Regina Moser and Holly Graber struggle to keep possession of a loose ball in Friday night's home game against Owen J. Roberts.

                The last five games have been especially unproductive for the Upper Perkiomen girls basketball team.  In five consecutive losses since New Years Day against opponents from the other division in the Pioneer Athletic Conference, the Liberty division, the Indians have averaged 22 points a game.

                Head coach Pete Sovia called it a difficult time for his team.

                On Friday, Upper Perkiomen completed its competition against teams from the other division with a 56-25 loss to visiting Owen J. Roberts. 

                Sovia said. "We have to find a way to put the ball in the basket."

                According to the coach, the offensive struggles have affected the confidence of his players.  "I truly believe our inability to put the ball in the basket has rattled everybody," Sovia said. "It can affect you quickly."

                Holly Graber said the players are frustrated by their inability to hit shots.

"We know we can do better," said Graber, a senior who scored seven points before fouling out against the Wildcats. "All we can do it try to get better. We're going to stick together, and fight through this. I know we can get better."

                Against Owen J. Roberts, the Indians scored double-digit points in only one quarter.

Aubrey Gibbs scored a team-high eight points for Upper Perkiomen (1-7 PAC-10, 1-13 overall). Jess Spano contributed five points.

                During the five-game stretch, which included games against Perkiomen Valley, Spring-Ford, Methacton and Boyertown, they posted double-digit points in one quarter.  Sovia said Upper Perkiomen failed to convert too many layups Friday.

                The Wildcats took advantage, jumping to a 16-6 lead after one quarter and a 26-9 edge at halftime. Rebecca Painter led them with a game-high 22 points. Nikki Testa contributed nine points.

                Upper Perkiomen's most productive quarter came in the third, when it scored 12 points. Audrey Gibbs posted five points during the quarter, and Jessica Spano delivered three. Basketball is one of the fastest games in terms of offense," Sovia said. "The scoreboard has got to move. Twenty five points is not going to win a PAC-10 game."

                According to the coach, the Indians, who resume their schedule Friday with road game against Pottstown in the Frontier, spend a lot of time working on their shooting in practice. He said that even though their shot selection has improved over the course of the season, the results have not translated to the games.  "We need to perform with more confidence," Sovia said.

                Graber has "no idea" why the shots aren't falling.  "We work hard on it in practice," she said. "But we can't get it to carry over into a game."

                Sovia said the Upper Perkiomen's defense "played OK, definitely better than the offense" against the Wildcats.  "We needed to be more consistent rebounding wise," the coach said. "But the hustle was there, for sure."






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