Trailing by just one point at the half, Middle Township was in position to hand St. Basil its first loss of the season on Wednesday night in a first-round girls' basketball game in the Boardwalk Classic at the Wildwood Convention Hall.
Instead, the Panthers raced out of the locker room and outscored Middle Township by 11 points in the third quarter en route to a 41-31 win to advance in the John Carlson Memorial Bracket.
Junior point guard Kalee Fuegel was the lone St. Basil player in double digits, scoring 11 points, including a three-pointer that began the Panthers' 13-4 run midway through the third quarter. Teammate Molly Greenberg added six points and collected five rebounds and four steals.
The Panthers took advantage of their strong defensive effort, scoring 20 points off of 21 turnovers forced. St. Basil remained unbeaten with the victory, improving to 8-0 this season. The loss was Middle Township's first, dropping it to 3-1.
North Penn also traveled to Wildwood and competed in the same tournament, earning a 48-36 win over Millville.
Lauren Crisler recorded a double-double for the Maidens, leading them with 20 points and 13 rebounds.
Crisler earned all her points off of field goals, going 10-15 from the floor.
Vicky Tumasz also hit double figures, knocking down a pair of treys en route to her 12 points.
It was Mikaela Giuliani that sparked North Penn's offense, though. The Maidens trailed by two at the break, but Giuliani scored all of North Penn's points in a 7-2 run to begin the second half. She finished with nine points and six rebounds and went 3 for 3 from the foul line.
The offense continued to apply pressure in the fourth quarter, scoring on five of its first seven possessions as North Penn pulled away in the final period.
Constitution Tournament. Valentina Scalici scored nine points and gathered 10 rebounds as Franklin Towne Charter eased past Parkway Center City, 50-18.
Sophomore Alexis O'Neal added eight points and six rebounds.
The Coyotes advance to face Life Center, who defeated New Media Charter, 76-3, in its first-round game.