Mastery North wins 1st ever Public League championship
PHILADELPHIA, PA –
After an extremely intense final minute of basketball, the Mastery North Lady Pumas held on for a 57-55 victory over the four-time defending champion Imhotep Lady Panthers to win the program’s first ever Philadelphia Public League title.
The Lady Pumas had a near flawless first quarter, leading 23-7 after the first frame thus giving themselves a nice lead to work with for the remaining three quarters. They needed nearly every point out of that big first quarter lead to hold off Imhotep.
The Lady Panthers slowly chipped away at the lead cutting it down 10 at the half, 29-19, and then to four after the third quarter, 41-37.
The final minute was quite possibly the most thrilling minute of basketball ever without a single point being scored. With the score 57-55 in favor of Mastery North, Imhotep junior guard Mary Parker missed two fastbreak layups – one uncontested, the other slightly contested by the Lady Pumas – that would have tied the game. Within those two misses, Mastery North continued to take ill-advised shots from three-point range rather than hold the ball with a lead.
With just over 10 seconds remaining, Mastery North senior captain Devin Terry missed two free throws and Imhotep came away with the rebound. As they started to go up court, Mastery North’s bench called a timeout even though they didn’t have possession. A whistle was blown by an official, but play continued and Imhotep star and Albany commit Dejah Williams made a layup. But another official whistled the play dead at 6.8 seconds remaining and after a long discussion, the officials went to the possession arrow amidst the confusion and it was pointing the Lady Pumas direction.
But Imhotep got one final chance after Mastery North turned it over, but Parker dribbled the ball off her foot out of bounds on a drive to the basket and that would ultimately be the last chance for the Lady Panthers.
This was the third year in a row that Imhotep battled Mastery North for the PPL girls basketball title and it was third times a charm for the Lady Pumas.
(Photo Credit: Amanda Dedieu)