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Vetter Expresses Appreciation for Seniors
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer

            As the final moments of Upper Perkiomen's home-season finale wound down, head coach Kathryne Vetter allowed five seniors to enjoy the moment. Alexis Drum,

Sophomore Olivia Rogers drives to the basket dur-

ing Upper Perkiomen's final home game of the sea-

son against Pottstown

Kaitlyn Mundy, Devin Harnish, Samantha Durkin and Mereika McStravick each received one final round of applause and embraced Vetter after they were subbed out of the game.

            Following a 52-32 loss to Pottstown in the Pioneer Athletic Conference on Friday, Feb. 1, Vetter expressed her pride in, and appreciation for, the Indians' six seniors, who includes Drum, Mundy, Harnish, Samantha Durkin and McStravick and Kayla Ramos.

            "I can't tell you how proud I am of them," said the coach, who has been with the program for four seasons. "I care a lot of about them."

            Two days after absorbing a 64-6 road loss to Spring-Ford, Upper Perkiomen kept the game close late in the second quarter against the visiting Trojans. Mundy, who scored eight points in the quarter, got her team within 20-15 on two free throws with 1:40 remaining.

            However, Pottstown scored the final six points of the second quarter to go ahead 26-15. The team opened the third quarter with seven straight points. Da'Zah Regusters' steal and layup midway through the quarter staked her team to a commanding 35-16 lead.

            Reilly Owens scored a team-high 16 points for Trojans. Kiyah Cotton contributed 12 points. 

            Mundy delivered a game-high 19 points and pulled down a team-high 14 rebounds despite foul trouble for the Indians, who got no closer than 18 points the rest of the way. Rogers added four points, while four other players scored. Vetter described that reality as a step in the right direction.

            "When you have diverse scoring, it really helps you stay in the game," said the coach, who served as an assistant under Greg Swavely for three seasons before succeeding him. "Unfortunately, it wasn't enough to win."

            Drum, Ramos, Mundy, Harnish and Durkin started the game for Upper Perkiomen. However, Mundy was taken out midway through the first quarter after absorbing her second foul.

            Olivia Rogers provided an early burst, scoring two baskets and pulling down two of her five rebounds. Kelsey Bernhart, notched two assists in the first quarter. The junior finished with nine rebounds.

            Though Mundy was whistled for her third foul with 3:19 remaining in the second quarter, she remained in the game for until the final seconds before halftime.

            "Kaitlyn has a high basketball IQ, so I knew she could figure out what to do," the coach said. 

            On Monday, they ended their season with a 43-31 loss to Kutztown. Despite winning just one game this season, the players have remained positive, according to Vetter. She said their greatest accomplishment has been learning to compete together.

            "The girls have remained positive," the coach said. "They put their hearts into every game."

            According to Mundy, the Indians' top accomplishment has been developing solid team unity. She said the struggles of winning only five games over the last two years has taught her rely on others.

            "Sometimes things are hard," Mundy said. "If you lean on other people, you can get lifted up. Anything is possible."






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