Energized C.B. West dispatches North Penn

Posted: January 11, 2014

The message Terry Rakowsky relayed to his Central Bucks West girls' basketball players at practice on Wednesday was to step out on the basketball court with a lot of energy and emotion.

That was something his team hadn't done in its previous contest, and it really hurt then.

From the opening tip to the final buzzer Thursday night at North Penn, the Bucks were fired up.

There were emphatic high-fives after big plays. There were powerful fist pumps followed by trips to the foul line. There were numerous hustle plays. All of that helped West defeat rival North Penn, 44-36, in a Suburban One League Continental Conference matchup.

The Bucks (7-3 overall, 3-2 conference), ranked fifth in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer, handed the seventh-ranked Maidens (9-1, 5-1) their first loss of the season for the second straight year.

"We worked really hard in practice [Wednesday] on talking, communicating, and getting really intense," junior Corrine Godshall said.

"That translated onto the court. We came out with, I think, a lot of energy, a lot of hustle, and a lot of heart."

Godshall and fellow junior Mackenzie Carroll carried the Bucks offensively. They combined for 32 of the team's 44 points, scoring 16 apiece.

While their productivity was similar, they approached the offensive end differently. Carroll hit four three-pointers for the Bucks, and Godshall dominated down low, converting putbacks and getting to the free-throw line.

"We were hitting the screens really well," Carroll said. "Our bigs really kill it on the screens."

On the defensive end, the Bucks dominated the boards and won most loose balls, with junior guard Nicole Munger diving every which way to pick up the basketball and set up C.B. West in transition.

Most important, the Bucks halted the Maidens' usually potent three-point game, something Carroll remembered really hurt West against North Penn a season ago.

"We have to learn from it, though," North Penn coach Maggie deMarteleire said, asked if the Maidens should just forget about the game. "As painful as it is going to be, we are going to watch this film at some point.

"Not tomorrow, but at some point."

Central Bucks West 12 10 13 9 – 44

North Penn 3 12 10 11 – 36

CBW: Corrine Godshall 16, Mackenzie Carroll 16, Maggie Rakowsky 4, Nicole Munger 3, Peyton Traina 3, Makenzie Mason 2.

NP: Vicky Tumasz 14, Erin Maher 9, Irisa Ye 6, Sam Carangi 2, Bri Cullen 2, Jess Huber 2, Mikaela Giuliani 1.


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