Penncrest denies Marple district bid despite rough shooting night

By Josh Verlin

All season long, Penncrest has relied on Tyler Norwood to carry the load offensively. And it was a job the junior guard filled well, leading his team to a berth in the Central League playoffs as well as a top-5 seed in the District 1 5A playoffs.

Justin Ross (above) and Penncrest overcame a tough night from the floor to beat Marple Newtown. (Photo: Josh Verlin/CoBL)

But Lions head coach Mike Doyle was still waiting to see how his team would respond when his star guard finally had an off night from the floor. And on the final game of the regular season, he got the answer he wanted.

With the whole Penncrest squad struggling to hit shots, the Lions buckled down on the defensive end against a desperate Marple Newtown squad en route to a 43-28 road win.

“It’s a huge win for us,” Doyle said. “Marple had just won four in a row, they’d just beat some high-level teams.

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