William Tennent girls defeat Quakertown 56-31 to take Quakertown Christmas Tournament title

William Tennent - Quakertown Christmas Tournament champs

William Tennent – Quakertown Christmas Tournament champs

Nikki Alden (14 points) beats Taylor Herd on inbounds play

Nikki Alden (14 points) beats Taylor Herd on inbounds play

(Quakertown)  William Tennent (6-2) pulled away from Quakertown in the second half and won the Quakertown Christmas Tournament, 56-31, on Friday night.

(Both girls teams are the Lady Panthers so I will refrain from using the name.)

Quakertown (2-6) trailed just 23-17 at the half but the visitors from Warminster put a 10-2 segment together in the first three minutes of the third quarter and never looked back.

Q’Town’s deficit was twelve (37-25) with two minutes to go in the third quarter.  WT, however, scored all the points in the next 4 ½ minutes of playing time and this game became a 45-25 blowout with 5 ½ minutes left.

The rest of the game featured non-regular players.  Quakertown was assessed a technical foul during this part of the game when they tried to use a player who wasn’t even listed in the scorebook.  Trust me, this miscue had no bearing on the final outcome.

Allison Chadburn (12 points) on the break

Allison Chadburn (12 points) on the break

Nikki Alden (14), Angie Pomponio (13), and Allison Chatburn (12) led William Tennent on the scoresheet.  WT was very unselfish and there were plenty of eye-catching assists setting up high-percentage shots.  Backdoor cuts and weak-side cuts caught Quakertown napping numerous times.

WT was also very effective on inbounds plays in their scoring end.  Quakertown stuck with a man-to-man defense  and WT screens led to layups.

Quakertown was impressive early on.  They made three’s and actually led, 11-9, one minute into the second quarter.  Freshman Taylor Herd had two long ones and senior Kathryne Vetter added another one.  Unfortunately, those three 3’s would be the only ones the host team would get in the game, although quite a few others were launched.

tight Quakertown defense

tight Quakertown defense

When the outside game deserted Quakertown they were in big trouble against a team playing well on both ends of the court.  WT took the lead for good, 12-11, on a three by Angie Pomponio.  That would be WT’s only three.

William Tennent full-court pressure caused several pick-two’s.  However, it was in the half-court that Quakertown was most effected by WT pressure.  By my unofficial stats, WT forced twenty turnovers.

Ashlee Ruzicka (12 points) led Quakertown in scoring getting eight of them coming in the third quarter.  She was a force inside but Q’Town had trouble getting the ball inside to her.

Ally Fenner shoots over Taylor Herd and Ashlee Ruzicka

Ally Fenner shoots over Taylor Herd and Ashlee Ruzicka

WT separated from Q’Town with nine unanswered points in the second quarter.  Baskets by Nikki Alden, Ally Fenner, and Allison Chatburn plus free throws by Nikki (two) and Ally (one) did the damage and turned a 14-13 close game into a ten-point (23-13) WT advantage.

The decisive surge in the third quarter, when WT pushed a 23-17 halftime lead to 33-19, was engineered by Nikki (layup and two free throws),  Angie Pomponio (layup), and Allison (two baskets).  This spurt turned out to be the one that Quakertown didn’t recover from.

I was impressed with the improvement of Quakertown from last season.  The recovery from injury of Kathryne Vetter and the addition of freshman Taylor Herd have significantly upgraded Q’Town.

Credit the WT defense.  They were well aware of both Kathryne and Taylor and there were very few good looks for either of them.

Ashlee Ruzicka (12 points) looks to the hoop

Ashlee Ruzicka (12 points) looks to the hoop

I recall seeing Ashlee Ruzicka last year playing with one knee brace.  Now she has two.

I was impressed with the organization of WT on both ends of the court.  The team concept was in play in both areas.  Good shots for them and tough shots for Quakertown were the results.

Kathryne Vetter fouled out with over five minutes left.  She was held to three points by WT after getting twenty-one points in the opening round of the tournament.

Most of the basketball games I see (Massachusetts) are played with a shot clock.  There is no sitting back in PA games waiting for the shot clock to help you get the ball out of an opponent’s hands.  Being able to create pressure and handle pressure are absolute musts in PA.

Who can you trust?  The very fancy program given out at the game had William TennEnt spelled, “William TennAnt.”

William Tennent boxscore

Quakertown boxscore

(All of the pictures above and below enlarge significantly if you click on them.)

Brooke Alwine launches

Brooke Alwine launches

Taylor Herd (21) heads for the hoop

Taylor Herd (21) heads for the hoop

Kathryne Vetter

Kathryne Vetter

Ally Fenner drives on Ashlee Ruzicka

Ally Fenner drives on Ashlee Ruzicka

Taylor Herd (9 points) tries to get past Alyssa Christiansen

Taylor Herd (9 points) tries to get past Alyssa Christiansen

Spenser Gray and Angie Pomponio (13 points)

Spenser Gray and Angie Pomponio (13 points)

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