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Upper Perk Middle School Girls Post Near Perfect Season
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
2020-02-12

 

            Upper Perkiomen's 8th grade girls basketball team rode a strong defense to a near-perfect season. The unit capped a 12-1 record with a 31-22 victory over Spring-Ford.

            "We had lot of steals," head coach Kyle Fisher wrote in a text message. "It begins and ends with defense."

            The Indians relied on talent and chemistry to dominate most of their opponents. They posted an average margin of victory of 12 points, according to Fisher.

            "I knew we would be good, but this is the best group we've had in a while," said the second-year coach. "The girls were committed to having a good year. Their talent went a long way, and the girls seemed to get along."

            The unit, also known as the Upper Perkiomen Middle School's girls varsity team, was made up nine eighth grade student and one seventh grader. Fisher said he rotated the players in three at a time with the goal of getting each girl relatively similar playing time without having to sacrifice results.

            The team featured a combination of really good athletes who are very coachable, according to Fisher, who also serves as the high school boys varsity soccer coach. He said it included girls who focus on soccer and softball as well as two or three girls who are strictly basketball players. According to the coach, some girls could compete for playing time on the Upper Perkiomen High School girls basketball team as ninth graders.

            "You never know how things are going to play out," he said.

            Fisher credited the Upper Perkiomen Youth Basketball League, including Karen States, for developing the players' skills. He said fundamentals take up a good portion of each practice.

            "As always, it starts with a solid youth program and a group of parents committed to developing these girls' abilities," Fisher said. "They did a great job. I'd like to see them continue on this path."

            Playing in six-minute quarters, the team has scored approximately in the low 30s and allowed between 17 and 23 points, According to Fisher, the Tribe was at its offensive best in the open court converting defensive turnovers into easy baskets.

            "The half-court offense was a work in progress," Fisher said. "But it was improving all the time."

            The coach described a 41-11 victory over Pottstown on Feb.. 4 as the best win of the season. The Indians allowed just two points in the second half. Fisher also mentioned a 30-point victory over Pottsgrove on Jan. 15.

            The Tribe's only loss of the season came in late January to Perkiomen Valley West by 10 points. The team posted an 18-point win in a meeting earlier in the month.

            On the road late last week, the Indians forced Spring-Ford into a multitude of turnovers. Grace Galbavy, the team's only seventh grader, finished with 23 points. Most of her points came in transition off steals, according to Fisher.

            The coach described Galbavy as their top offensive player. She along with Sarah Fisher, Aliyah Harpel, Erin States and Abby Davidheiser, each posted multiple steals and key defensive stops. Natalie Kearney, Elena Fabian, Elizabeth Proctor, Carly Heiser, and Megan Cairns each delivered a strong defensive effort, according to Fisher.

 


 

 

 

 

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