Monday, February 4, 2013

GIRLS BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK: Upper Perkiomen’s Auckland closing in on history

By Darryl Grumling
Upper Perkiomen's Stacey Auckland (Photo by Barry Taglieber)

RED HILL — Upper Perkiomen’s Stacey Auckland is no stranger to hard work, whether she’s handling chores at the farm she works at or working on her skills during basketball practice.
You could say the 5-foot-10 senior center brings a “Country Strong” approach to the hardwood.
On the court, she patrols the paint area with a straightforward, no-nonsense game devoid of flash but overflowing with heart and determination.
“From the first time I saw her in seventh grade, I could tell Stacey had what it takes to be a special player,” Indians coach Pete Sovia said. “She’s always had a great, consistent work ethic and a love for the game.”
A four-year starter, Auckland heads into today’s game against Palisades 29 points shy of becoming the fifth 1,000-point scorer in school history.
“It’s really exciting,” Auckland said prior to Thursday’s game against Phoenixville, when she scored 14 points to help the Tribe clinch its first PAC-10 playoff berth since 1993-94. “All of the hard work we’ve done is paying off. We all wanted this to happen.” 

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