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Indians Lose First-place Showdown
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer

            Upper Perkiomen entered Tuesday's game against Pope John Paul II with a chance to earn a share of first place in the Pioneer Athletic Conference's Frontier Division. However, the team couldn't take advantage of its opportunity.

            The visiting Indians suffered a 49-30 loss, their second in their last seven

Hannah Keeney tries to navigate through a pair of Perk-

iomen Valley defenders trying to strip the ball from her.

Keeney scored nine points in the game on Jan. 13.

games. They trail Pope John Paul II, which leads the division, by two games.

            Grace Galbavy scored a game-high 21 points for the Tribe (4-3 PAC, 8-6 overall), which trailed 20-15 at halftime and 33-24 after three quarters. Erin States added five points.

            Amelia Kennedy and Tess Crossan combined to outscore the opposition for the host Panthers, who swept the season series. Kennedy delivered a team-high 18 points. Crossan added 17 points.

            Abigail Davidheiser, a sophomore guard, made her first start of the season against the Panthers. According to Bowe, Davidheiser's gradual offensive improvement has allowed her to ascend in the Tribe's rotation.  "Her defensive pressure is phenomenal," the coach said. "Abby has delivered just enough offense to complement our top scorers."

            A halftime adjustment led the Tribe to a 49-32 road victory over Upper Merion on Saturday, Jan. 15. Natalie Kearney's successful implementation as the point guard allowed the team to extend a five-point halftime lead.  "We learned to play through a different person," Bowe said.

            Galbavy's shift to the frontcourt helped facilitate a 16-point outburst during the third quarter as the Indians extended their halftime edge from 22-17 to 38-23. She finished with a game-high 15 points in the Frontier Division game.

            Eight players scored for the Indians, who posted their fifth win in six games. Hannah Keeney finished with eight points on two 3-pointers. States posted seven points. Gabriella Neal and Bailey Cahill posted six and five points, respectively.

            "It was great to have everyone contribute," Bowe said.

            The coach came up with the plan after watching Galbavy, a 6-foot-1 freshman, score 35 points in a non-league win over Oley Valley. Bowe said she scored multiple points from the wing after dribbling the ball across half court amid a constant double team and passing it to Kearney, a sophomore guard.

            "We needed to do something different," said the coach, who added that Galbavy will continue to serve as the team's main ball handler. "The girls had enough confidence to pull it off. The beauty of Grace's game is that she can score from anywhere. It's impossible to prepare for."

Late last week, the Indians had their four-game winning streak snapped. Perkiomen Valley utilized a fast start to post a 58-37 victory on Thursday, Jan. 13. The Vikings converted nine three-pointers to build a commanding 44-14 halftime lead.

            Galbavy scored a game-high 17 points on three 3-pointers for the visiting Indians, who managed just seven points in each of the initial three quarters and trailed 44-14 at halftime. States and Keeney each contributed nine points.

            "At halftime the players were frustrated because they didn't realize how they were down 30 points even though they gave the same level of heart and effort as in the victory over Oley Valley," said Bowe, who described the Vikings as deep and talented. "We tried to compete, and we finished strong."

            The Tribe resumes its schedule with a string of home games against Owen J. Roberts on Thursday, followed by division opponents Pottsgrove (Jan. 24) and Pottstown (Jan. 25).






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