Upper Perk High School’s girls basketball ended its losing streak on Friday night, earning a 51-36 win over Pottstown.
Upper Perk started out the game with the possession and was led by starters Holly Crossin, Holly Graber, Morgan Aldinger, Aubrey Gibbs and Jess Spano. Aldinger scored the first two points of the game shortly after. Upper Perk ended the first segment with a 12-7 lead over Pottstown, with Crossin and Aldinger scoring four points each, and Gibbs and Gina Moser each earning two.
The second quarter started out with a basket from Spano off of a foul. The Lady Indians went on to score 14 more points in the quarter, while Pottstown shot a measly two points, bringing the game total to 27-9, maintaining Upper Perk’s strong lead.
“We played very well for stretches during the Pottstown game, especially in the first half,” said head coach Pete Sovia. “Our full court press gave Pottstown trouble, and forced a bunch of turnovers, which gave us extra opportunities.”
To start off the second half, Pottstown scored three points, followed by a point from Spano and two points from Aldinger. The quarter continued with baskets being made back and forth. Alexis Moyer scored two points within the final seconds of the quarter. UP earned 11 points that quarter, compared to Pottstown’s 15. But Upper Perk still had a strong lead by the end of the quarter, 38-24.
Pottstown began the final segment of the game aggressively, scoring five points to start, answered by two from Spano and two from Moyer. Gibbs, who is a key member of the team, was knocked down and had to be taken off the court with 4:42 left in the game. She was unable to return for the rest of the quarter due to a possible shoulder injury.
“Aubrey, who played another terrific game, fought through a tough stretch in the second half of the game,” said Sovia, “but [she] looks to be okay.”
The game ended with a victory for Upper Perk, by a score of 51-36. Points were scored by Crossin (18), Aldinger (10), Spano (7), Moyer (5), Gibbs (4), Anna Duemler (4) and Moser (2).
“Friday’s win was very important in helping us reach our goals,” Graber said. “We work well together and pick each other up when things aren’t going well.”
This victory gives the team a record of 6-10 and ended its losing streak, giving the girls hope for more wins to come. With six more games ahead of them, the Lady Indians must beat Phoenixville to have a shot to make the Final Four.
“We also need to win a few more games to make the district playoffs,” Sovia said, “and I believe our seniors will lead the way.”