February 27, 2019
By: Erica Rose
The Notre Dame Green Pond girls basketball team suffered their first loss of the season in the Colonial League championship 11 days ago…by one point…in overtime. And yes, it still stings. For the coaches, that was a different season, and the start of Districts is a new one. For the players, it's just fuel to the fire to accomplish their goal of holding a trophy at the end.
Last night was the start to their quest, and Pen Argyl was a victim of the team’s frustration. Well kind of. The 3A semi-final game was the third meeting between the two and just like in the previous two, defense set the tempo. The Crusaders forced a turnover on nearly every possession in the first quarter, opening up the game with an 18-0 run. The Green Knights finally got on the board with 2:08 left in the quarter, but the game was already won after 8 minutes of play. Forcing at least 11 turnovers in the quarter the Crusaders led 21-4. They would not slow down either as evidenced by the 38-10 the score at the half, 59-25 the final.
Not only did the defense force the turnovers but more importantly they made them count with the easy points. Now they are just one win away from a championship and the odds are greatly in their favor. The Crusaders will face Palmerton on Friday, the number 3 seed. Notre Dame defeat Palmerton 54-30 earlier this year, and if the team comes out and plays their game, head coach Josh Kopp is confident his team will win. Palmerton is a gritty team, and had it close at halftime in the first game, but just like the entire season defense was the difference.