The North Penn-Liberty girls basketball team faced three tough opponents this past week and were unable to come up with a win during the stretch.
The first game Thursday night against Troy’s Lady Trojans looked bright as the Lady Mounties took the lead in the first quarter 14-11.
It was a highly defensive game for both teams as the score at halftime was 21-22, North Penn-Liberty only down by one. Both teams fought hard for possession in the third quarter.
The Lady Mounties gave an extremely valiant effort to tip the score back in their favor. It was close all the way into the final quarter as the Lady Trojans were only up by two for the majority of the quarter. The Lady Mounties just couldn’t keep up with Lady Trojans’ last quarter intensity.
North Penn-Liberty junior Alexis Crowe was able to drain a buzzer beater lay-up to bring the score up to 36-39 for a close defeat.
In the effort, Kiersten Mitstifer was able to lead her team with 12 points, eight rebounds, three steals and one assist in a very balanced effort. Eva Rice also scored eight points to go along with seven rebounds, two assists and six steals.
The Liberty Lady Mounties then faced off against a talented Northeast Bradford Lady Panthers on Saturday, Jan. 11. The Lady Mounties had a rough start down 11-0 to start. Teamwork for the Lady Panthers was evident in their successful ball movement and rebounds for the first quarter with the score now up 21-6 in their favor.
The Lady Mounties pushed hard in the third quarter but it wasn’t enough to come back from the 36 point lead the Lady Panthers held over them.
In the final quarter, both teams intensified their offense, but ultimately North Penn-Liberty suffered their second defeat of the week. The final score was 66-23 with Northeast Bradford able to come away with the victory.
Mitstifer continues to score in bunches, as she dropped another 11 points for the Lady Mounties as well as nine rebounds, assists and a steal during the loss.
In their next contest of the week, the Liberty girls traveled to Canton and were once again stifled as their losing streak extended to six.
The Lady Mounties fell by a score of 52-32 and still find themselves looking for their third win of the year.
Rice paced the Mounties with 12 points and also hit two triples.
Mitstifer continues her steady season as she scored eight points in a tough game against one of the top NTL girl’s defenses in the league.
Liberty will have a chance to get back on the right track as they host Sayre (2-9) on Thursday, Jan. 16 and travel down to Mansfield (7-6) to take on their rival Lady Tigers on Saturday night.