North Penn surges into quarterfinals

North Penn's Sam Carangi draws a foul from Autumn Klucsarits of Northampton.
North Penn's Sam Carangi draws a foul from Autumn Klucsarits of Northampton. (RON TARVER / Staff Photographer)
Posted: March 13, 2014

All season, the North Penn girls' basketball team has made three-pointers at will, overwhelming opponents, burying them with its sharpshooting.

Vicky Tumasz, Sam Carangi, and Erin Maher aren't afraid to shoot from beyond the arc for the Maidens, and they aren't the only players who can hurt teams with the three-ball.

The three-pointers helped North Penn get to Tuesday night's second round of the PIAA Class AAAA state tournament, but they weren't what sent the Maidens past Northampton, 73-45, at Souderton.

No, what helped the Maidens (27-3) move on to the quarterfinals of the state playoffs was a little bit of everything.

"We were attacking the basket more, which I think is good because teams can't just guard us from the three," said Carangi, who scored 18. "We like being an all-around team.

"I think it makes us more dangerous," Carangi added. "Since we are driving, they have to stay back on us, and we can get open shots after that."

The end result was a dominating and impressive display by the Maidens, as their balanced attack and quick hands on defense proved to be too much for the Konkrete Kids (15-13).

But the contest didn't start that way.

At one point in the first quarter, Maher looked up at the scoreboard and was shocked to see her team down by 10-3.

Just two minutes later, however, the Maidens, ranked third in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer, kicked it into high gear. They took the lead by the time the first period was over.

"We just pulled away before halftime, and we came out in the third quarter and blew them out," said Maher, who scored 12 points.

It was a 34-3 run by the Maidens spanning the second and third quarters that sealed the win. Maher said she could point to two or three really great plays by all of her teammates during that span.

"We are really clicking. We are feeling it," the senior forward added.

They were clicking Tuesday night - even though they hit only four threes all game.

Northampton 14 10 7 14 – 45

North Penn 17 17 27 12 – 73

N: Leandra Sterner 13, Kayla Csencsits 9, Zeniyah Sanders 6, Ali Reppert 5, Aja Blount 4, Erica Filipovits 4, Amber Farnholtz 3, Autumn Klucsarits 1.

NP: Vicky Tumasz 22, Sam Carangi 18, Mikaela Giuliani 14, Erin Maher 12, Bri Cullen 3, Jess Huber 2, Irisa Ye 2.

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