By Blake Myers
Knightly News Reporter
Photos by Dylan Bowman
The Central Penn Knights basketball teams had a huge Saturday afternoon against Bucks County Community College, with the women’s team winning 97-10 and the men’s team pulling out a close 91-88 victory.
Lady Knights roll
The Lady Knights took on the Centurions in a conference battle that had the Knights winning in convincing fashion, 97-10. Before the game, head coach Erin Miller discussed wanting to keep the momentum going from previous games, and that is exactly what they would do.
Central Penn came out of the gates firing on all cylinders, jumping out to a quick 20-0 lead, led by sophomore guard Jayla Pearson, who scored 9 points in the first quarter. The Lady Knights would also create 12 total turnovers, using those to build their lead to 36-0 by the end of the first quarter of play, a season-high for points in a quarter.
The second quarter saw an opportunity for some of the reserve players to play some meaningful minutes, as freshman Brandi Swinton would lead the way, with 11 of Central Penn’s 23 points in the quarter. The Lady Knights would go into the half holding a 59-2 lead.
Central Penn would then pick up where they left off after a strong 5-0 run by Bucks County, as the Knights would again respond in a big way, scoring 22 consecutive points with eight different players recording a bucket. The Knights would end the quarter up by a score of 81-7.
The Knights would go into the final minutes of play with a big lead which they would extend by continuing their stifling defense and potent offense. The Lady Knights would go on to win by the final score of 97-10. Ten different Knights registered on the score sheet.
The Lady Knights improved to 6-4 on the season. Bucks County Community College fell to 0-4.
The Knightly News Player of the Game was Brandi Swinton, with 21 points and 9 rebounds off of the bench.
The Lady Knights have a crucial contest on Tuesday at Manor College before they end the first half of their season at home versus Christendom on Dec. 16 at 8 p.m. at East Pennsboro Area High School.
Knights men take down Bucks County in highly contested battle
The men Knights took down the Bucks County Centurions by the final score of 91-88 in a key USCAA matchup on Saturday afternoon.
The Knights got off to a slow start at the beginning of the first half, as they would fall behind early with an 11-2 run by Bucks County to set the tone. Guard Yasir Rowell started off hot in the first half for Bucks County.
Central Penn would then go on a 10-0 run late in the first half to give the Knights a 44-42 lead going into the half. Junior forward Demonte Demore led the charge, amassing 15 first-half points along with 11 first-half rebounds.
The Knights would come out of the gates hot in the second half, recording the first four points to extend their lead to six. Then, Bucks County erased that lead early in the half due to a 7-0 Centurions run capped off by a Colin Martin 3-pointer.
Bucks County would then start to pull away, distancing themselves and finding a 10-point lead midway through the second half, being up 63-53, amounting to their largest lead of the game.
Central Penn started to rally late in the game, erasing their 10-point deficit to find themselves locked in an 87-87 stalemate with the Centurions. The Knights would then find themselves up three, thanks to a pair of clutch free throws from Demore, with 48 seconds left to play. The Knights would hold on with some key defensive possessions to take the game, 91-88.
Central Penn improved to 3-6 while Bucks County would fall to 5-5 on the season.
The Knightly News Player of the Game was Demonte Demore, with 34 points and 18 rebounds.
The Knights prepare for their final game of the first half on Tuesday, as they take on Manor College, on the road.
The Knightly News Media Club broadcast the game live on its YouTube channel. Paul Miller and Brian Christiana were on the call. These streams are available on-demand below.
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