Danni Moser takes aim for a shot during play at Pottsgrove on Saturday. Moser had 12 points in the game.
Upper Perkiomen head coach Pete Sovia thought it was important for his girls basketball team to get off to a fast start to open the season. It would appear that Sovia got his wish as the Tribe posted their fourth straight win a 49-37 victory at Pottsgrove last Saturday.
Things didn’t start out on the right foot for the Tribe as they trailed the Falcons by eight points at the end of the first quarter. Pottsgrove extended their lead to 10 by opening the second quarter with a field goal. The Indians, though, would regroup. When the teams headed to the locker room at halftime, Upper Perk had turned a double digit deficit into a two point advantage.
The comeback started when Kim Kachmar hit her first three-pointer of the game, cutting the Falcon lead in half at 14-7. It ended when Aubrey Gibbs banked one home from beyond the three-point line as the buzzer sounded, giving the Tribe their first lead of the game at 23-21. The Indians had tied the score at 20 apiece on a three-pointer by Holly Garber with a minute remaining in the quarter.
Three Lady Indians stung the Falcons with their success from beyond the three-point line, but it was Upper Perkiomen senior Stacey Auckland who had taken over the game in the second quarter.
Auckland’s presence in the paint provided difficulties for the Falcons on both ends of the floor. When she wasn’t hauling in a rebound or posting a defensive stop, Auckland was leading the Indians' comeback on the offensive end of the court. Auckland would key a pair of Upper Perkiomen runs that reduced the Pottsgrove lead to a basket both times. She scored eight of her game-high 15 points in the quarter.
The Tribe then outscored the Falcons by 10 points in the second quarter to regain the lead. The Indians pulled away in the third, led by Kachmar, who drained a pair of three pointers, and Auckland, for which the Falcons simply had no answer. When the quarter ended, the Tribe led 41-31. Pottsgrove would never get closer than seven in the game’s final quarter.
“It’s the best start our program has had in a long time," said Sovia after the game. "We are playing with a high level of energy; we’re playing together and getting a contribution from everybody. Our defense is generating offense we’re just playing with confidence right now.”
The season started with a loss as the Tribe fell to Conestoga, 48-34, at the Upper Merion Tournament two weeks ago. The Indians were led by Kim Kachmar who scored 12 points. The Tribe rolled past Quakertown in the consolation game, 50-36, behind a game high 17-point effort from Auckland.
The Indians got a total team effort in their PAC-10 opener as they rolled past Pottstown, 57-35. Danielle Moser poured in 13 followed by Kachmar with 12. Rachael Keeney also had a double-digit game as she scored 10 while Auckland had 9 and Morgan Aldinger netted 8. Sophomores Jessica Spano and Holly Graber scored their first PAC-10 varsity points with Spano getting 2 while Graber posted 3.
The Tribe needed a fourth quarter rally to down visiting Brandywine, 45-42. Auckland had a game-high 16 while Graber got all 5 of her points in the final quarter.
The win last Saturday raised the Indians' record to 2-0 in league play and 4-1 overall. The Tribe will face a tough opponent tonight when Phoenixville comes to town for a 7:00 game.