Backcourt shows the way for Penn Charter girls

Penn Charter guard Hannah Fox (right), here in action against Baldwin, is one-half of the Quakers' go-to sophomore backcourt.
Penn Charter guard Hannah Fox (right), here in action against Baldwin, is one-half of the Quakers' go-to sophomore backcourt. (BRADLEY C. BOWER / For The Inquirer)
Posted: January 21, 2014

Ayanna Matthews talks a lot about tactics and strategies - the tangible ways to win a basketball game.

Hannah Fox, on the other hand, often focuses on the intangible aspects of winning, like mental toughness and how experience plays a role in leadership.

They may talk about the game differently, but together they make up the dynamic backcourt for Penn Charter.

Starters for the Quakers (15-2, 5-1) since eighth grade, Fox and Matthews are sophomores with plenty of experience. They have catapulted Penn Charter into a major threat to win the Inter-Ac.

"When we saw their ability, we knew they could play at a high level," Quakers coach Dave Bass said. "We wanted to develop them as much as possible and start that development process early.

"Now, they really are the stability of the program."

Penn Charter has made waves already this season, defeating Shipley, ranked sixth in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer, along with league rival Germantown Academy and Central Bucks South.

The success is, in part, thanks to the offensive prowess of Fox and Matthews, with point guard Fox averaging 15 points a game and Matthews, a shooting guard, 11 per game.

"We definitely know each other's tendencies," Matthews said. "We can tell what we are going to do in certain situations. I see Hannah going down the court, and I know what she is going to do."

One setback for the Quakers was an early conference loss to Notre Dame, when Fox said her team didn't match the intensity of its opponent.

The two squads are set for a rematch Tuesday, in a game that could have league implications later on in the season, but more important, serve as retribution for the Quakers.

"I'm looking forward to that game," Fox said. "Everyone on the team is as well.

"We need to prove to ourselves and to everyone that we can come out and win that game."

When Bass first took over the program three years ago, he knew it would take a couple of seasons to get things going for Penn Charter. He had a plan for the future, he said.

Thanks to Fox and Matthews, that future is now.

Girls' Basketball Top 10


Records are through Sunday.

Previous rankings in parentheses.

Rk. Team Rec.

1. Neum.-Goretti (1) 15-0

2. Arch. Wood (4) 11-1

3. C.B. West (5) 13-3

4. Mt. St. Joseph (2) 13-2

5. Spring-Ford (3) 13-3

6. Card. O'Hara (8) 10-3

7. Bonner-Prend. (6) 12-2

8. Shipley (7) 13-2

9. North Penn (9) 13-2

10. W.C. Rustin (10) 11-3

Under consideration (listed alphabetically): C.B. South (12-3), Penn Charter (15-2), Souderton (11-4).

- Kate Harman

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