Girls Basketball: Some early observations…

Hi, I’m Matt Smith and I am entering my second year covering girls basketball for the Delco Times. I hope you enjoy our coverage of the sport all season. I’ll have plenty to write about and stats to post, so keep checking back.


Despite returning only two starting players, Archbishop Carroll coach Chuck Creighton should have the Patriots competing for another state championship.

1. Archbishop Carroll losing its season opener is not a big deal. Bare in mind the Patriots are a young team, by and large, that will go through some growing pains, especially early in the season. Only two players — Sarah Curran and Kristie Costantino — started on the 2012 PIAA Class AAAA championship team.  Also, the Patriots lost by 15 points to one of the top programs in the Northeast, Christ The King (N.Y.). The Patriots responded with a blowout win over Little Flower a few nights later. Coach Chuck Creighton told me prior to the season that it would take a little time for some of his younger players — sophomores Lexi Stover, Ann McKnight and Julia Gantz, for instance — to get their feet wet. I think Carroll will do just fine.

2. Episcopal Academy is off to a roaring 5-0 start with wins over top programs Germantown Academy and Cardinal O’Hara.  Also, Notre Dame is looking pretty good in the early going. EA and Notre Dame meet on Tuesday. If EA wins, you have to like its chance to win the Inter-Ac title.

3. Watch out for Bonner-Prendergast (1-0) this season. The Pandas underwent a bit of an identity change with the addition of transfers Alyssa and Sarah Monaghan. The sisters came over from Cardinal O’Hara. Alyssa stated for the Lions as a freshman, and in her first game with Prendie, scored 20 points. They could be very dangerous in the Catholic League.

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