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Mount off and rolling in summer hoops

Summer basketball league action for the Mount St. Joseph Academy varsity got underway on the first of the month, and on Monday, June 7 the hoopsters ran their record to 3-0. The MSJ varsity competes in the Hatboro Horsham league, while JV players and incoming freshmen are participating in the Lou Cappiella League in Roxborough, which is administered by Springside coach Brian Morris.

Although the Mount varsity was able to muster just seven players against the more numerous Rams of Pennridge High School last Monday, the Magic overwhelmed the Bucks County ballclub, 47-5, giving up just one field goal on defense.

MSJ center Steph Smith, a rising senior, had an AAU team conflict and could not make the game, but the Mount wasn’t lacking for offense as two sophomores-to-be combined for 32 points. Kelsey Jones led numerous fast breaks and shot five-for-seven at the foul line to finish with 18 points, and her classmate Meg Geatens bagged a pair of three-point field goals en route to a 14-point outing.

One of the athletes playing summer ball for the Magic is bound to feel right at home in the Hatboro Horsham gym. Cailin Schmeer, a 5’8” guard, was a sophomore starter for the Hatters this past winter, but she’ll enter the Mount as a junior in September.

The Mount led Pennridge the whole way after junior Bridget Higgins drove in to score right off of the opening tip. After a few more fast break buckets by the Magic, the Rams called time-out, trailing 9-0 six minutes into the action. Mount St. Joe kept pulling away, and was ahead 20-0 before Pennridge finally got on the scoreboard, hitting a single free throw with 3:41 remaining in the first of the 20-minute (running clock) halves.

With six seconds left in the period, a Pennridge guard took the ball the length of the court and drove the lane to deposit a lay-up. This last-second bucket set the halftime tally at 26-3, but it would prove to be the only field goal the Rams scored throughout the game.

Despite the lopsided score at the interlude, the Magic still had room for improvement in one area; they’d only made three of their 12 free throws in the opening period. They shot better from the stripe in the second stanza, going five-for-seven. Pennridge put in two of six free throws, but that constituted the Rams’ entire offensive output during the period.

MSJ seniors Mary Jo Horgan and Meg Black scored four and two points, respectively, and junior forward Sarah Krmpotich made a couple of nice inside moves and finished with five points. Two apiece from Higgins and Schmmeer completed the Mount’s winning total.



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