Friday, February 16, 2024

North Schuylkill to Defend Schuylkill League Championship After Win over Tamaqua

The North Schuylkill Spartans secured their ticket to the Schuylkill League Championship game after defeating the Tamaqua Raiders 42-37. 

The game started with both teams evenly matched, ending the first quarter tied at 9 points apiece. However, North Schuylkill managed to pull ahead slightly by halftime, leading 19-15. 

Tamaqua fought hard to close the gap in the third quarter but trailed behind North Schuylkill with a score of 32-28.

In a tense final quarter, North Schuylkill's resilience proved decisive as they maintained their lead, ultimately securing the win with a final score of 42-37. 

Leading the charge for North Schuylkill were standout players Olivia Burke with 15 points, Eve Shovlin with 9 points, and Mya Conti and Haley Koutch each contributing 7 points.

Despite the loss, Tamaqua Area displayed tenacity throughout the game, with top scorers Lauren Ligenza tallying 14 points and Sarah Hope adding 10 points to their effort. Kolbe Robb and Samantha Plashka also made contributions with 6 and 4 points, respectively.

With this victory, North Schuylkill advances to defend their Schuylkill League Championship title on Friday night at Martz Hall, where they will face off against Blue Mountain.

While Tamaqua's journey in the Schuylkill League may have ended, their season continues as they look ahead to the District XI Class 3A tournament next week, determined to make a strong run.

The North Schuylkill Spartans' impressive performance underscores their status as a formidable contender, poised to vie for yet another championship title in the fiercely competitive Schuylkill League.

Photos by Jocelyn Barrett / Danie Mae Photography