"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