Panthers Lack ‘Pounce’ in Palisades Game (Brought to You by Andrew & Sonya Hughes)

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In their game against rival Palisades Saturday, the Saucon Valley girls basketball team started off slowly against the Lady Pirates and never really recovered, with ‘less pounce to the ounce’ throughout.

Palisades jumped out to a 9-0 lead before the Panthers would score. Saucon Valley would heat up, but faced a 14-8 deficit at the end of the 1st period.

Saucon scraped and clawed in the second period and sophomore Ally Frace heated up from beyond the arc. The Panthers pulled within three points, but Palisades closed out the first half with an 8-0 run. At the break, the Lady Pirates led 27-14.

Saucon Valley Girls Basketball Ally Frace

Credit: Chris Christian

Saucon’s Ally Frace charges past a Pirate.

Both defenses stepped up to start the second half. However, Saucon Valley went stone cold in the third quarter and only scored two points. Palisades, on the other hand, was able to score nine points and extend their lead to a 36-16 advantage.

From an offensive standpoint, the fourth period was Saucon’s best of the night, as they created 12 points. However, Palisades kept pace with 12 of their own. The Lady Pirates defeated the Panthers, 48-28.

Sophomore Ally Frace hit six three-pointers and had 19 points for the Panthers.

Trinity Williams, also a sophomore, scored 24 points for the Pirates.

Please see below for more photos. Photos by Chris Christian.

Up Next: Saucon Valley Girls Basketball will host Pen Argyl on Monday, Jan 14. Junior high will tip-off at 4 p.m., followed by JV at 5:30. Then, the varsity squads will square off at about 6:45 p.m.

About This Series: Andrew & Sonya Hughes of Hellertown are sponsoring girls basketball coverage on Saucon Source to help recognize the achievements of female high school athletes in Saucon Valley, and in tribute to their own daughters, who were both stand-out student-athletes at their high school, where they played softball, soccer, basketball and field hockey. Between the two of them they earned 14 high school varsity letters. “Female athletics was a big part of our family life for many years, but that journey ended at the high school level six years ago,” Andrew Hughes says. “Through those amazing experiences we also noticed that females don’t seem to have the same level of exposure and support as their male counterparts. So we are very sensitive to situations where we perceive an imbalance of exposure of female student athlete participation in competitive high school sports. We also like to encourage greater involvement of young people in athletics. We would like to help the girls gain more exposure at your news source by adopting some girls high school teams.” Saucon Source thanks Andrew & Sonya Hughes for their generous support of local girls high school athletics.


The 2018-2019 Saucon Valley Varsity Girls Basketball roster.

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