Franconia >> Casey Harter and the Souderton women’s basketball team had work to do Tuesday night heading into the fourth quarter.
Harter was just seven points behind 1,000 career points, with the senior guard and host Indians looking for a way out of Council Rock North in the Suburban One League crossover contest.
“I didn’t want to keep it in my head. I didn’t want to keep thinking about it during the game, so I just let it happen,” Harter said. “If it happened, it happened. If not, it will be Friday.”
Harter’s two objectives converged in the final period. The North West commit scored his eight points as Southerton pulled away on his 11-2 run. Harter capped the burst by reaching his four figures on a drive with 2:38 of his remaining, putting the big red up to his 14th.
“Like any fast break, transition drive, it was definitely exciting,” she said.
Harter, who became just the seventh player in program history to reach 1,000 points, finished with a game-high 18 points as SOL Colonial Division leaders Suderton beat Council Rock North 45-38.
“It was nice to have the same cushion that Casey scored 1,000 on.th It was good timing,” said Southerton manager Lynn Carroll. “And what kid deserves better? Her work ethic, her competitiveness—never giving up to any challenge—have worked harder than any kid I’ve ever coached in the offseason.” .
“During the season, there are times when she comes to basketball and goes to training, and she practices speed and agility and strength, and she does it twice a day. I’ve earned it and every year I’ve transformed myself into a better player from one year to the next.”
Teja Maconach added 11 points, eight rebounds and two blocks for Southerton (13-2, 9-1) as they bounced back from last Friday’s loss to Neshaminy on an 11-game winning streak.
“Coming back from a loss is definitely motivating,” said Harter, who had three assists and three rebounds. “We worked hard in practice and obviously didn’t drop a shot on Friday.
Jaden Wang’s 14 points were on pace for Council Rock North (6-9, 2-8 SOL Patriots), who were looking for a winning streak after defeating Gwynedd Mercy in last Saturday’s non-league game.
In the third, back-to-back goals from Keira Katz and Jaden Wang gave North a 21-19 lead. His two from Mikayla McGillian and Brook his Fenchel corner three-point shot put Southerton ahead to his 24–21, but Wang exhausted Trey to tie the match with his 24.
However, Suderton took the lead after being fouled on a three-pointer, with Erin Beaumueller’s three free throws at McConach’s basket to give the home side a 29–24 lead.
“They’re a good team,” said Harter of CR North. “They fought us like most teams do now, but we just stuck together and continued to play as a team and locked down in the fourth quarter. We scored more points than we did, but in the end we won.”
Suderton rounds out the week with two road games. Big Red will head to Council Rock South at 7pm on Friday for a non-league matchup at noon on Saturday at Perchiomen Valley. Suderton ranks him 5th and PV ranks him 3rd.
“The good news is we don’t have an easy team, so good habits are the only way to beat a team that is as good as the ones you face in conferences and crossovers.” says Carroll. she said. “We have to keep playing what we can. I hope we can play our best basketball in three weeks.”
Council Rock North, 25th The 6A ranking will see 24 teams advance to the district playoffs, which will host the Central Bucks East on Friday at 7pm.
Harter, the first 1,000-point scorer for the Southerton Girls since Kate Connolly in 2018, started Tuesday’s game 15 points behind the milestone. Going 2-2 in the first quarter, they had seven points by half-time with Suderton holding a 16-15 advantage.
“I think it was very clear to everyone at the gym how excited and really excited her teammates were for her. It’s real,” Carroll said. , a good friend, but I think the way she plays is contagious, a kid like that just plays tough defense on every possession as a teammate who wants to equal it and the time she has spent in the game with her I’m sure how much respect they all have for
“It was great to see you. Glad to be here with you.”
Hurter only scored one point on a 62-second free throw in the third quarter, but a defensive switch helped Hurter key run in the fourth quarter to push Southerton’s lead from 5 to 14.
“We ended up like 1-3-1 and that drove our defense into attack,” said Herter. found out long ago that I turned to basketball.”
McConach’s offensive rebound gave Suderton a 34-26 lead with 6:17 remaining in the three-point playoff. Harter scored his sixth straight points. At 4:41 at the line he posted back-to-back baskets before making two, extending the margin to his 40-26 and pulling points away from 1,000.
Lizzie Lustig’s bucket put Rocknorth down 12, but after Northsmith, McConach grabbed the rebound and found Harter on an outlet pass. Harter lunged at a defender on the right flank and reached the hoop for a layup to reach the milestone and bring Suderton back to 14.
“That was always my goal,” said Herter. “And it’s amazing that it’s come to pass during this time. Always thanks to all the support and trainers I have for helping me get this far.”
However, Council Rock North did not make things easier for Suderton. The visitors put together a 10-1 run after Lustig’s basket in the final minutes to pull him within 43-38. But Harter had two hits on the line and he had 12.1 seconds left to make him a three-possession game.
“I wanted to leave my mark on this program,” said Herter. “Especially this is my last year. I wanted to do the best I could, so it’s great to reach this milestone and be here with the team.”
In the first quarter, Southerton twice led by 4 points, the last being 9-5 after McConach connected to Trey, but Josie Boyle made it 9-9 after 3 and 9.9 seconds with Keira Katz’s free throw eight minutes later. There was even
After a 3-pointer from Delaney McCaffery gave North a 12-11 lead, McGillian hit a jumper and Harter scored from a drive. A foul shot by Huerter with 3:18 put the Big Reds ahead 16–12 on him before McCaffery hit his triple to make it 16–15 at halftime.
Southerton 45, Council Rock North 38
Council Rock North 9 6 9 14 — 38
Southerton 9 7 13 16 — 45
Council Rock North: Jaden Wang 6 0-0 14; Lizzie Lustig 4 0-0 9; Delaney McCaffrey 3 0-0 9; Josie Boyle 1 0-0 3; Kiera Katz 1 1-2 3; -2 38.
Suderton: Casey Harter 6 6-8 18; Teja Maconach 4 2-4 11; Mikayla McGillian 4 0-0 8; Erin Baumuller 0 3-4 3; Brook Fenchel 1 0-0 3; -0 2; total 16 11-16 45.
3 points: CRN-McCaffery 3, Wan 2, Boyle, Lustig. S- Fenchel, McConach.