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CB South continues to surge

DAVID CAMPBELL

The Titans must be listening to some good music.

“Before every game, we turn on our speaker and we jam out in the aux gym – and it just gets us fired up,” Central Bucks South senior Maddie McShane said.

At this point, there is no reason to break from tradition.

“They’re definitely a really fun bunch to coach,” said Beth Mattern, who is in her 11th season as the Titans’ skipper. “They are really cohesive, a great unit and they take a lot of pride in how they play and that always makes it a little bit easier to help coach. They want to be coached and they want to do well.”

CB South has navigated its daunting schedule very, very well. Even though the District One Class AAAAAA power rankings are constantly changing, the Titans were 8-2 against the top 15 through Tuesday.

“We can be really good if we set our minds to it,” said senior Mackenzie Ehresman, a captain with classmate Haley Meinel and junior Alexa Brodie.

Last Thursday, CB South hosted nonleague Perkiomen Valley, which entered as the sixth-ranked team in District One. The Vikings jumped out to a 13-10 lead after one quarter, but the rest of the contest belonged to the Titans, who exploded for a 19-5 second quarter and an eventual 59-47 win.

“The first quarter is always just about getting a feel for the game,” Brodie said. “We always want to come out hot, but sometimes you don’t know what the defense or what the other team is going to throw at you.

“In the first quarter,” Brodie continued, “we were just kind of getting settled and getting a feel for the game, but I think we came out with a lot more energy in the second quarter, especially at the end of the second quarter when we went on that run. Our defense led to those easy transition buckets on the other end.”

“That was definitely one of our better quarters,” Mattern added. “I feel like we’ve been playing pretty well of late. Our defense has been great. I’m happy with the effort that they’ve been bringing to the court.”

CB South ended the third quarter on an 8-0 run after Perk Valley had closed to 33-28. Any chance the Vikings had to mount a comeback, though, was thwarted when the Titans went to the charity stripe. CB South converted 19 of 21 attempts; Brodie hit all 12 of her tries, half of those coming in the fourth.

“I’ve been shooting a little bit better from the line in the past couple of games, but I think this game really showed off all of the work that I’ve put in,” said Brodie, whose 18 points were bested only by Meinel’s 21.

“It’s important to make all of our foul shots in the fourth quarter (the Titans made 10 of 11 last Thursday),” Ehresman said. “We practice them a lot.”

Ehresman and freshman Caroline McSorley each finished with seven points; McShane chipped in six. Megan Jonassen had 21 points for Perk Valley.

“No matter who’s on the floor,” McShane said, “we know that they are going to try their best and give it their all.”

CB South is rolling with a 19-2 overall record, which places the Titans second behind Suburban One League (SOL) Continental leader Souderton (10-1) in the district power rankings. CB South is 9-2 in the conference, having suffered back-to-back losses to Central Bucks East and the Indians on Jan. 16 and 19, respectively.

“They (the losses) definitely fueled us to work harder in practice and to always leave everything on the floor when we get the chance,” Ehresman said.

Plymouth Whitemarsh is sitting pretty atop the SOL American at 13-0. The Colonials are 19-2 overall – one of those setbacks was to the Titans on Dec. 16.

“We have a big group of seniors (six), so it’s really [important] to make our senior year our best year,” McShane said. “The chemistry is unbelievable. On and off the court, we’re all friends, which helps us in the games, too.”

“We have a great group of girls, and we have great chemistry,” Ehresman added.

CB South ends its regular season slate with a home date with CB East this Friday. The Titans will probably “jam out” pregame. Postgame is a different story.

“Sometimes on Fridays after games, we go to Applebee’s as a team,” McShane said.

dcampbell@buckscountyherald.com

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