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MONTGOMERY – Most North Penn-Liberty players didn’t compete much in college games last season.
But they certainly played hard every day in training. Every day these young players pushed the veterans and back again as North Penn-Liberty won a second straight NTL-II championship and reached the District 4 Class A championship. Now those same players who trained so hard show their talents during matches.
And the results are very similar.
A team with four new starters, North Penn-Liberty continued their winning streak, beating host Montgomery, 40-29 in Saturday’s Kyle Lynn tournament championship. The Mounties (2-0) won the title for a third straight year as the defense allowed just 10 field goals and the eight players that coach Brian Litzelman used had good impacts.
“It’s one of those things where these youngsters haven’t necessarily had a lot of opportunities on the pitch, but a lot of time to prove themselves in training against some really good players night after night. “ Litzelman said. “We told them you played against some great players last year and held on and if you can do it you can face anyone this year.”
It really looked like this this weekend. North Penn-Liberty gave up just 67 points in two fierce wins over Meadowbrook Christian and Montgomery. The Mounties were briefly behind early Saturday, but led from the five-minute mark in the first quarter. North Penn-Liberty overcame foul issues and Montgomery’s own teeming defense, coming back every time Montgomery started cutting a deficit that reached nine by the end of the first half.
Kyle Davis took home MVP tournament honors, scoring 12 points and grabbing nine rebounds. Noah Shedden produced a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds and Derek Litzelman was one of the main reasons Montgomery was often in one hit and had 15 rebounds. Devin Bradley triggered the defense, Hunter Thompson made some key baskets and reserves Talon Kolb, Caiden Alexander and Stettson McGovern all provided quality minutes.
“We’re pretty good at it. Anyone can leave any night and we are all leading the attack very well ”, Davis said. “We have been playing together since elementary school when we were little. We always got along well. “
Montgomery too. The Red Raiders have made six and three wins in the past two years, reaching the Districts for the first time in 11 years a season ago. Montgomery is set to make an even bigger breakthrough despite Saturday’s result.
It’s not that Montgomery (1-1) played badly. The Raiders have often executed well and produced good shots. They just didn’t fall. The Raiders suffered from a miserable 17% shooting performance, but it will likely be a mirage as this season continues.
That says a lot that despite the shooting issues, Montgomery was within five points at the end of the third quarter and seven halfway through the fourth. Defense looks like a constant and Montgomery kept Northeast Bradford and North Penn-Liberty at 75 points. The foundations have been laid and better days seem to be coming.
“(Assistant coach) Rivers (Parrish) told them last night that they’ve set the bar for the type of defense we can play. Now we have to play it every night ”, Montgomery coach Junior Parrish said. “We will take these shots. I’m not even worried about it. We are defensively where we want to be. We play with the energy we need to play.
The ferocity that both teams played played a role in the slowness of the two offenses to burn. Neither team shot well throughout the first half, but North Penn-Liberty took a 20-13 advantage. Montgomery quickly reduced his lead to three early in the third quarter and had two opportunities to come close, but the Mounties rose to the challenge as Shedden fueled an 8-0 run that set them up, 29-18 .
This sequence served as a microcosm. Montgomery kept struggling against the ropes, but whenever it seemed he could move forward, the constables pushed them back against them. A free throw from Maurice Walters got the Raiders down to 29-24 with 14 seconds left in the third, but a practice from Bradley beat the buzzer and North Penn-Liberty never let Montgomery come close to seven again.
A day after watching a 13-point halftime lead turn into a three-point deficit in the third quarter, North Penn-Liberty learned from their mistakes and kept the pressure on. The Mounties limited Montgomery to a field goal in the first 7.5 minutes of the quarter and a connection from Shedden to Thompson on the inside nearly sealed the win, putting them in place, 39-26.
“After that scare against Meadowbrook, we realized we had to keep up this pace. From now on, we will be collecting a lot ”, Davis said. “I think it definitely made us play a lot harder. It really helped us want to come here and prove a point. “
“We talked in the pre-game and then at halftime about how the third quarter killed us yesterday and they didn’t play defense. We couldn’t have had this disappointment today ”, Brian Litzelman says. “They definitely played hard the whole way.”
Montgomery did the same, literally fighting until the last second. It wasn’t the outcome Montgomery wanted, but a game doesn’t define him or mean where he could go this season.
Logan Almeida scored 13 points, distributed four assists and made four interceptions, winning All-Tournament honors for Montgomery. Austin Kuhn took 10 rebounds, Jacob Utter six and Walters scored seven points.
“We’re playing at a different level right now. It’s fun to see the children enjoying the level at which they are playing ”, Parrish said. “We’re going to surprise some people. I am excited.
North Penn-Liberty 40, Montgomery 29
Devin Bradley 1 0-2 2, Noah Shedden 3 3-5 10, Derek Litzelman 0 3-5 3, Hunter Thompson 3 1-2 7, Kyle Davis 4 1-2 12, Talon Kolb 1 0-0 2, Caiden Alexander 1 0-0 2, Stettson McGovern 1 0-0 2. Totals 13 8-16 40.
Logan Almeida 4 3-6 13, Maurice Walters 2 3-4 7, Coltin Hans 1 0-0 3, Austin Kuhn 1 0-2 2, Rayne Parrish 0 0-0 0, Noah Gearhart 1 0-2 2, Jacob Utter 1 0-0 2. Totals 10 6-14 29.
NP-Liberté 10 10 11 9-40
Montgomery 4 9 11 5–29
3 points: NP-Liberty 4 (Davis 3, Shedden); Montgomery 3 (Almeida 2, Hans).
Records: North Penn-Liberty 2-0. Montgomery 1-1.