|Kevin Hoffman/The Mercury Upper Perkiomen’s Danni Moser loses control of the ball after colliding with Gwynedd-Mercy’s Bridgette Coleman on Tuesday night.|
By Dennis Weller
RED HILL — If only a few more shots had dropped through the hoop for Upper Perkiomen, Tuesday night’s District 1-AAA girls basketball opening-round contest might have ended differently. But the Indians struggled with their shooting much of the night, especially as they fell behind by eight points during a nervous first quarter, and their best season in a long, long time came to an end with a 49-44 loss to visiting Gwynedd Mercy Academy.
Holly Crossin scored 11 for eighth-seeded Upper Perk (13-11), which trailed the entire time except for one tie and a single one-point lead, and Stacey Auckland followed with 10 points. Erica DeCandido topped the ninth-seeded Monarchs (11-13) — who will travel to No. 1 Villa Maria for a quarterfinal contest on Friday — with 13 points, including 7-for-8 shooting from the line in the fourth quarter, and Bailey Greenberg contributed 11 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
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