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Perkiomen School Loses in Title Game
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
2020-02-12

           Perkiomen School's girls basketball team competed for a league championship

Tera Heintz drives to the basket during Perkiomen
School's playoff victory over Kimberton-Waldorf
School.

Tuesday at a neutral site, but fell short of its goal. The team ended its season with a 34-28 loss to Barrack Hebrew Academy in the Tri-County Independent School League title game at Jefferson University in Philadelphia.

            Akasha Santos scored 12 points to pace the Panthers (10-9). Chardae Stone had 8 points in the title game.

            The Cougars won all three games in the season series against Perkiomen School. They posted a 37-28 victory in Pennsburg on Dec. 12 before delivering a 46-31 home win on Jan. 13.

             Perkiomen School advanced to the league title game with a 56-21 victory in the semifinal round over the Kimberton-Waldorf School on Thursday, Feb. 6. They scored the game's initial seven points and built an early 14-2 lead and were never challenged.

            Akasha Santos, an eighth grader, finished with a game-high 15 points. Luis Alverado delivered 11 points.

            "We scored some easy transition baskets but missed some open shots and free throws," head coach Raychel Shannon said. "We scored some easy transition baskets but missed some open shots and free throws."

            Chardae Stone contributed 10 points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals for Perkiomen School, which led 22-6 midway through the second quarter. Tera Heintz registered eight points.

            "We played real well," said Heintz, a junior from Barto. "We passed the ball well."

            Perkiomen School played without Janayshia Brown, who has committed to play at Xavier University, who suffered a season-ending hand injury. In the first quarter, the team got points from six different players. Naomi Knight and Heintz each scored four points to help open a 12-point advantage late in the quarter.

            "I think that when our offense gets into the flow, we are a really good team," said Heintz, who explained that the Panthers implemented a four outside, one inside set in the victory."

           Alvarado and Stone paced the Panthers in the middle quarters. Alvarado posted nine points in the second and third. Her two layups late in the second quarter helped stake them to a 24-9 halftime lead.

            Stone scored seven points in the third quarter to help Perkiomen School extend its edge to 46-19. Her assist on a fast break set up Santos' three-point play with 54.3 seconds left in the quarter.

            "Akasha plays well above her age," Heintz said. "She puts in the effort. When she's on her game, she is very high energy. She works hard on her post moves."

            According to Shannon, the team was plagued all season with inconsistent play, specifically on defense. Heintz said a challenging non-conference schedule helped create some of those struggles.

            "We like to push the ball," the coach said. "We're a strong team when we force a lot of turnovers. We struggle when we commit silly turnovers."

            Last week – prior to their home playoff game – the Panthers honored their lone senior, Abbey Glavin. Shannon described the player as an invaluable leader.

            "Abbey has been willing to contribute however she could on the court," the coach said. "She always provides 110 percent effort."


 

 

 

 

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