By Tyler Sandora
It has been an exciting year for Penn Wood, to say the least.
After winning the talented Del-Val conference, winning its first two games in district play, qualifying for the 6A state tournament, and winning 12 of their last 15 games, first year head coach Matt Lindeman couldn’t be prouder of his team.
The senior-laden Patriots added onto their successful season with a 68-56 win over Perkiomen Valley Friday night, clinching the No. 7 seed out of District 1 in the PIAA 6A state tournament.
They’ll play either Hazelton or Williamsport — who face off tomorrow in the District 2/4 6A championship — in the first round of the state bracket next Saturday, March 11.
“This season speaks about how much work these guys have put in,” Lindeman said. “Most of the team returned from last season when the were about .500, so it’s great to see them doing well.”
Penn Wood, who beat Neshaminy and Pennsbury convincingly to open up district play, had dropped their last two games to Abington and Conestoga. Now the Patriots (19-8) will enter the state tournament on a win, providing them with an special ingredient they need to be successful.
“We need to move the ball to create energy,” Ghee said. “We play our best when we play like that. We’re going to go at whoever we play with energy.”
The Patriots were guided by a pair of seniors, Kairi Jones and Pernell Ghee, two of the 10 on the roster.