Tumasz, North Penn reign

North Penn players start the celebration as time runs out in the district championship game. The Maidens beat North Penn, 63-51, as Vicky Tumasz scored a game-high 27 points.
North Penn players start the celebration as time runs out in the district championship game. The Maidens beat North Penn, 63-51, as Vicky Tumasz scored a game-high 27 points. (      RON CORTES / Staff Photographer)
Posted: March 02, 2014

Vicky Tumasz got in the Spring-Ford shooter's face and blocked her shot. The 5-foot-6 guard for North Penn then collected the rebound before being fouled.

Less than 40 seconds remained in the District 1 Class AAAA girls' basketball final Friday night, and Tumasz eyed her teammates with a look almost of disbelief before allowing a wide grin to crease her face.

Tumasz embraced teammates Erin Maher and Bri Cullen and then sank two foul shots at the other end of the court.

The entire exchange summed up the championship game: Whenever the Maidens needed something, Tumasz delivered.

With a career-high 27 points, the senior helped the Maidens make a statement, as North Penn defeated two-time defending champion Spring-Ford, 63-51, at Villanova's Pavilion.

"It is awesome to know that we are the first North Penn team to win, actually ever," Tumasz said. "Especially knowing nobody had the confidence in us coming in here - being league champs, now we are district champs - we proved a point."

Tumasz was hot from the start, scoring nine first-quarter points for the Maidens (24-3).

"Twenty-seven points in this setting - for her to step up like that, that's just incredible," Maher said. "I'm extremely proud of her, and she definitely was a huge factor."

Tumasz's star did shine the brightest on the big stage, but North Penn also received timely contributions from a variety of players, including Sam Carangi (11 points) and Irisa Ye (12), both freshmen.

The Maidens used a 16-4 run in the second quarter to build an 11-point lead over the Rams (23-6) at halftime, once again shooting well from the perimeter.

"It was extremely important to get out to a fast start and get an early lead," Maher said. "We knew we had to keep our foot on the gas and stay tough throughout the whole game."

Spurred by Sammy Stipa's 19 points, Spring-Ford surged back, but was never able to get closer than six points.

Whenever the Rams looked to gain ground, they ran into a problem.

Tumasz.

Spring-Ford 6 15 14 16 – 51

North Penn 13 19 13 18 – 63

SF: Sammy Stipa 19, Shelby Mueller 13, Maggie Locke 12, Julia Roshelli 4, Amy Roth 2, Emily Walker 1.

NP: Vicky Tumasz 27, Irisa Ye 12, Sam Carangi 11, Erin Maher 10, Bri Cullen 3.


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