|Mercury file photo Boyertown’s Dee Terry scored a game-high nine points in Thursday’s 35-22 victory over Downingtown East in a Bear Holiday Classic opener.|
By Darryl Grumling
BOYERTOWN — Depth, or lack thereof, can make quite a difference on the basketball court.
Thursday’s girls game between host Boyertown and Downingtown East in a Bear Holiday Classic opener was an abject example.
The Bears’ bevy of bench talent helped turn around a sluggish start against the depleted Cougars, who played their five starters for all 32 minutes.
The end result was Boyertown coming away with a harder-than-it-looked, 35-22 victory at BASH Gymnasium.
Junior point guard Dee Terry scored a team-high nine points and senior center Kaitlyn Eisenhard added another nine points and a game-high 12 rebounds for the Bears (6-2), who advanced to today’s 6 p.m. final against defending District 11-AAAA champion Bangor — a 57-34 victor over Pennridge.
The play of the Boyertown reserves, most notably promising 6-foot freshman Ali Bauman, was equally as important as the Bears broke open a three-point lead by outscoring Downingtown East 12-2 over the final seven minutes.
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