Practice created a happy holiday for Penn Wood

Chichester’s Josh Hankins, right, tries to dribble past the defense of Penn Wood’s Shamir Massenburg Thursday night. Hankins was held to eight points in a 57-51 Chichester loss. (Pete Bannan/MediaNews Group)

By Matthew DeGeorge

Two weeks of rest might have been attractive to some people during the holidays. But for Penn Wood basketball, an unexpected 14-day sabbatical between games wasn’t what the team had anticipated at the beginning of the year.

Penn Wood had entered the Audenried TThe fruits of those labors remained uneven Thursday evening. But ultimately, Penn Wood found enough to hold off Chichester and notch a 57-51 win at the newly re-floored Shoebox.ournament, only to find out just before Christmas that the tournament was wiped out. Too late to make other arrangements, Penn Wood was left with a sizeable hole in its schedule and crossed into the New Year having played just five games, unable to recoup wins after losing its first two.

The restless monotony of practice aside, the additional time has, in retrospect, paid dividends for a lineup that starts three underclassmen.

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