By Hannah Brown, Student Reporter
The women’s basketball team opened up the new year in fine fashion by easily defeating the Mustangs of Mid-Atlantic Christian, 98–50, on Friday night at East Pennsboro Middle School.
The visiting Mustangs––playing with just five players––kept it close in the first quarter (23–17) with a stingy zone defense and some accurate three-point shooting, but the Lady Knights, also playing downwith just eight players, pulled away in the second quarter.
Central Penn’s tenacious man-to-man defense forced the visitors to shoot primarily from the outside, while the Lady Knights dominated the paint on offense. For the last 30 minutes, the tempo was just what the team thrives on: quick and continuous.
The Lady Knights walked into the locker room at halftime with a comfortable 55-26 lead. The energy was kept alive as the second half rolled around. Early in the third quarter, Leana Borreli (below left in photo) got the fans on their feet with a behind-the-back pass to teammate Wislene Verna for an easy layup. Verna ended the night with 16 points, shooting 7 for 10 from the field.
As a team, the Lady Knights had 28 assists, with Borreli picking up seven, while knocking in 17 points and grabbing nine defensive rebounds. Ja’Lynn Burton-Jones and Jahrae Patterson both scored double-doubles. Burton-Jones had 29 points and 11 rebounds, while Patterson wasn’t far behind with 28 points and 10 boards.
Amanda Lemons led the visitors with 14 points, while Talethia Alexander contributed 12 points, with all of them coming from behind the arc.
“This game was a huge confidence boost for our team, but more importantly, it gave us the opportunity to connect as a team again,” said Coach Kasey Hicks. “Our morale has been tested a lot this season, and this game brought everything back into place for the girls. It was nice to see them believe again. And when they believe in each other, they’re going to be a tough team to beat. They proved that tonight.”