‘Core Four’ leads Lower Merion to win over Strath Haven

By Anthony Dabbundo

They call themselves the ‘Core Four.’

The success of Lower Merion basketball comes from their four leading scorers: Noah Fennell, Jack Forrest, Terrell Jones, and Steve Payne.

Two sophomores, two seniors. Three guards, one wing. As they go, the Aces go.

On Friday night, the core four was firing on all cylinders. For the first time all season, all four scored in double figures, combining for 65 of the Aces’ 68 points in a critical 68-54 win over Strath Haven.

“Our core four all scored in double digits for the first time all year,” said Payne, one of the two sophomores along with Forrest. “This is the best all around game we’ve played.”

“Definitely our best performance of the year, this one takes the prize,” added Jones, the wing and the tallest of the quartet at 6-foot-4.

As a team that starts three sophomores, some growing pains we’re expected this season. The Aces started just 4-5, including 2-2 in Central League play.

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