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Postgame: Pro Hoops NY/Philly Challenge

Long Island Lutheran High School senior Yuni Sher

Long Island Lutheran High School senior Yuni Sher looks to pass around Archbishop Wood's Laura Trisch in the fourth quarter. (Jan. 8, 2012) Credit: James Escher

Not everything can make it into the paper and I wanted to provide some additional insight from Sunday’s Pro Hoops NY/Philly Challenge, particularly the games not featured as prominently in today’s story.

Mepham loses 41-31 to Lower Merion

Mepham was without leading scorer Kristen O’Brien (leg) in the early game. The Pirates took a 21-19 lead at the half on a nice steal by Mary Galgano who got the go-ahead basket right before the buzzer. Mepham led 31-30 after the third but Lower Merion started the fourth strong and Mepham had no answer.

The Pirates could have fouled in order to force a comeback but decided against it and wound up scoreless in the fourth. Mepham coach Jim Mulvey said O’Brien was held out for precautionary reasons and is expected back in action this week.

Holy Trinity whoops Penn Charter

Kelly Carey (18 points) and Katie Poppe (17 points) led Holy Trinity in a 58-37 romp of Penn Charter. Carey drilled five 3-pointers and the Titans had 10 as a team, a great performance from behind the arc. Hofstra-bound forward Dianna Thomas-Palmer had 17 points for Penn Charter, which had just four players score.

St. Anthony’s falls to Archbishop Carroll

Symone Kelly had 14 points and eight rebounds to lead St. Anthony’s but it was not enough against nationally ranked Archbishop Carroll. Johanna Impellizeri was in foul trouble early and scored all of her seven points in the second half and Chastity Taylor also got in foul trouble.

Drexel-bound guards, Meghan Creighton (23 points) and Rachel Pearson (10 points) led the way for Archbishop Carroll, which was able to pass the ball around the perimeter at will to find open shooters and then switched inside to backdoor passes.

“They’re the most efficient offensive team I’ve ever seen play girls basketball,” St. Anthony’s coach Ken Parham said. “Every single kid shoots the lights out of the ball. They pass it really well, they handle it really well, they’re just a very good offensive team.”

Rebecca Musgrove came off the bench at 3:30 of the first quarter, returning to action after missing six games with a torn muscle in her left thigh. She finished with six points and played well but was noticeably slower than usual which is to be expected.

“It felt great to be back on the court,” Musgrove said. “It was definitely a little sore. I was very slow.

The Patriots led 49-46 midway through the fourth and the Friars missed a pair of 3-pointers to tie the game.

“We never kept it going,” Musgrove said. “We should have just kept pushing but we let them come back and fight back-and-forth the whole game when we should have just taken it over when we had the lead.”

All in all not a bad loss for the Friars, who fall to 8-3.

Lutheran loses Kriftcher in win over Archbishop Wood

Long Island Lutheran improved to 11-1 with a 42-37 win over Archbishop Wood. Yuni Sher had an excellent game in the paint, grabbing 10 rebounds and scoring nine points mostly on the inside. Boogie Brozoski also had nine points to go with six assists for the Crusaders.

Paige Kriftcher went down at 3:05 of the second quarter and was helped to the bench. Coach Rich Slater was cautiously optimistic but it did not look good for the senior, who has torn her ACL previously.

The Vikings led by as many as eight (21-13) in the first half but the Crusaders went on an 11-0 run from late in the second to early in the third to take the lead 26-23 and Sher’s basket midway through the fourth gave Lutheran a 10-point lead (40-30).

Lindenhurst falls to Archbishop Ryan

Valerie Oyakhilome had 14 points and Shannon Crehan had 13 points for Lindenhurst in its first loss of the season to Archbishop Ryan. The Bulldogs were down 50-38 after three quarters but fought back in the fourth. Archbishop Ryan ultimately pulled away for a 60-49 win in a physical game. The Bulldogs suffered an injury to Brooke DiSiena, who went down with a knee injury in almost the same spot Lutheran’s Kriftcher did earlier in the day.

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