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Tribe Girls Reach Double-digit Wins
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
2022-01-26

            A dominant fourth quarter performance Tuesday carried Upper Perkiomen's girls basketball team to another milestone victory. A 24-point outburst in the final eight minutes allowed the Indians to secure a 57-37 victory over Pottstown in a Pioneer

Grace Galbavy releases a shot during Upper Perk-

iomen's victory over Pottsgrove.

Athletic Conference contest. 

           Erin States and Grace Galbavy combined for 44 points to lead the Indians (6-4 PAC, 10-7 overall), who reached the double-digit victory number for the first time since the 2012-13 season.

            The decision by head coach Matthew Bowe to move Galbavy off the point paved the way for the impressive offensive performance. "We were able to spread the floor, and the flood gates opened," Bowe said.

            Galbavy, a freshman, delivered 20 points. She also finished with 15 rebounds, 11 blocks, three assists and three steals.

            States, a sophomore, finished with a game-high 24 points and 10 rebounds. She displayed offensive versatility, hitting two 3-point goals and adding one other near the line. 

            With five games remaining, the Tribe is playing for a berth in the Pioneer Athletic Conference Final Six and the District One Class 5A playoffs as well as its first winning record since 2012-13, when it finished 13-11. According to Abby Pfander, the players are keeping track of each goal.

            "We're all paying attention to the milestones," said Pfander, a junior who finished with six points and six rebounds. "Our mindset is to accomplish them together."

            Bowe said that unity helped the Indians pull away in the fourth quarter. His decision to shift Galbavy to the wing contributed, as well.

            Nine points by States, and eight from Galbavy in the final quarter helped build on an Upper Perk 33-27 at the end of the third quarter. The Tribe put together a 14-6 run to start the final stanza. States hit two foul shots with 4:36 remaining to give her team a 47-33 advantage.

and Upper Perk ended the game with a 10-2 outburst. Galbavy converted three layups to highlight the flurry.   "Our confidence came out," said Pfander, a Green Lane resident.

            Natalie Keeney, Gabrielle Neal and Pfander handled the ball during the fourth quarter. Bowe noted the team ran no set offensive plays. The coach said his only instructions before the quarter included making at least three passes on offense and playing man-to-man defense.

            "Otherwise, I let the girls freelance," said Bowe, whose team trailed 13-8 after one quarter and led 24-16 at halftime. "They showed me a killer instinct."

            On Monday, the Tribe snapped a two-game conference losing streak with a dominant victory over Pottsgrove. Galbavy and States led the team to a 42-18 win.

            In more than 21 minutes, Galbavy posted a game-high 16 points. She added 10 rebounds, four assists, six steals and three blocks.

            States finished with 14 points and 13 rebounds for the Indians, who led 14-7 after one quarter and 23-10 at halftime. Neal and Pfander both contributed four points.

            Last week, Owen J. Roberts handed the Tribe a 59-36 loss as the Tribe managed just 20 points through the initial three quarters. Galbavy finished with a game-high 27 points.

            States finished with four points for the Indians, who trailed 9-5 after one quarter and 31-13 at halftime.

            Though a Frontier Division title seems unlikely, the Tribe will likely qualify for the PAC playoffs by maintaining second place. Bowe said accomplishing that goal by his third season initially seemed improbable.

            "Getting to the PAC playoffs would mean everything," the coach said.

            Qualifying for the district playoffs also seems within their grasp. The Indians are currently ranked ninth in the power rankings; 12 teams will advance. 

"To get there as a junior, with this group of girls, would be a super accomplishment," Pfander said.

 


 

 

 

 

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