|Perkiomen School’s Nicole Pupillo scored 18 points in Perkiomen School’s 52-31 victory over Barrack Hebrew. (Mercury file photo)|
By Dennis Weller
Special to The Mercury
PENNSBURG — Take the area’s leading scorer from last season and some other returnees who didn’t see much varsity action last year and add a couple talented freshmen and a new coach, and it could take a little while for a basketball team to become a cohesive unit.
That’s been the case with the Perkiomen School girls squad early this season, but the Panthers showed that they’re taking some big steps toward coming together as a team on Wednesday afternoon with a 52-31 win over visiting Barrack Hebrew Academy in a battle of unbeaten Tri-County League opponents.
Freshman Kristen Burdo led the Panthers (3-0, 3-3) with 21 points and 12 rebounds, junior Nicole Pupillo — who racked up better than 19 points per game last year — scored 18, and freshman Stephanie Falcone added eight points. Gracie Gottlieb topped Barrack (3-1, 3-1) with 13 points and Jackie Khutorsky followed with 10.
“Everything’s new and I’m new,” said Perk School coach Randy Littlefield. “There are a number of different things we’re trying to do. We’re beginning to jell. This is two good games in a row we’ve had.”