Girls basketball: Twin Valley downs Exeter

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REIFFTON, PA
The only certainty in the fledgling Berks Girls Basketball League season has been the lack of a sure thing.

Just ask Twin Valley and Exeter, Division I programs that already have experienced the highs and lows of a rather unpredictable two weeks.
Only one Berks team, Fleetwood, remains unbeaten. Three others, including Twin Valley, have one loss.
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Reading Eagle: Ben Hasty | Twin Valley’s Taylor Knorr, who scored 16 points, is fouled by Exeter’s Sammi Snyder during the Raiders’ victory over the Eagles.

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Reading Eagle: Ben Hasty | Twin Valley’s Taylor Knorr (15) moves in front of Exter’s Michelle Mesquita (15) on her way to the basket. Girls Basketball, the Twin Valley Raiders vs. the Exeter Eagles at Exeter High School Thursday evening December 22, 2016. Twin Valley won 44-23. Photo by Ben Hasty

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Reading Eagle: Ben Hasty | Twin Valley’s Cameryn Jamison (32) and Exeter’s Coryn Uhrig (22) struggle for the ball. Girls Basketball, the Twin Valley Raiders vs. the Exeter Eagles at Exeter High School Thursday evening December 22, 2016. Twin Valley won 44-23. Photo by Ben Hasty

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Reading Eagle: Ben Hasty | Exeter Girls basketball coach Charles Truckermiller. Girls Basketball, the Twin Valley Raiders vs. the Exeter Eagles at Exeter High School Thursday evening December 22, 2016. Twin Valley won 44-23. Photo by Ben Hasty

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Reading Eagle: Ben Hasty | Twin Valley’s Julia Danilak (23) tips the ball out of the hands of Exeter’s Taylor Kerling (35). Looking on is Exeter’s Aubrey Lengel (20) and Twin Valley’s Michelle Mesquita (15). Girls Basketball, the Twin Valley Raiders vs. the Exeter Eagles at Exeter High School Thursday evening December 22, 2016. Twin Valley won 44-23. Photo by Ben Hasty

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Reading Eagle: Ben Hasty | Exeter’s Taylor Kerling (35) struggles for the ball with Twin Valley’s Taylor Knorr (15) and Julia Danilak (23). Girls Basketball, the Twin Valley Raiders vs. the Exeter Eagles at Exeter High School Thursday evening December 22, 2016. Twin Valley won 44-23. Photo by Ben Hasty

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Reading Eagle: Ben Hasty | Exeter’s Jordan Davis (2), tries to move the ball past Twin Valley’s Taylor Knorr (15). Girls Basketball, the Twin Valley Raiders vs. the Exeter Eagles at Exeter High School Thursday evening December 22, 2016. Twin Valley won 44-23. Photo by Ben Hasty

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Reading Eagle: Ben Hasty | Twin Valley’s Julie Wallace (4) shoots against Exeter’s Thressia Nixon (13). Girls Basketball, the Twin Valley Raiders vs. the Exeter Eagles at Exeter High School Thursday evening December 22, 2016. Twin Valley won 44-23. Photo by Ben Hasty

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Reading Eagle: Ben Hasty | Twin Valley head coach Mark Morrow. Girls Basketball, the Twin Valley Raiders vs. the Exeter Eagles at Exeter High School Thursday evening December 22, 2016. Twin Valley won 44-23. Photo by Ben Hasty
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Reading Eagle: Ben Hasty | Twin Valley’s Taylor Knorr, who scored 16 points, is fouled by Exeter’s Sammi Snyder during the Raiders’ victory over the Eagles.
Reading Eagle: Ben Hasty | Twin Valley’s Taylor Knorr (15) moves in front of Exter’s Michelle Mesquita (15) on her way to the basket. Girls Basketball, the Twin Valley Raiders vs. the Exeter Eagles at Exeter High School Thursday evening December 22, 2016. Twin Valley won 44-23. Photo by Ben Hasty
Reading Eagle: Ben Hasty | Twin Valley’s Cameryn Jamison (32) and Exeter’s Coryn Uhrig (22) struggle for the ball. Girls Basketball, the Twin Valley Raiders vs. the Exeter Eagles at Exeter High School Thursday evening December 22, 2016. Twin Valley won 44-23. Photo by Ben Hasty
Reading Eagle: Bn Hasty | Exeter Girls basketball coach Charles Truckermiller. Girls Basketball, the Twin Valley Raiders vs. the Exeter Eagles at Exeter High School Thursday evening December 22, 2016. Twin Valley won 44-23. Photo by Ben Hasty

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Reading Eagle: Ben Hasty | Twin Valley’s Julia Danilak (23) tips the ball out of the hands of Exeter’s Taylor Kerling (35). Looking on is Exeter’s Aubrey Lengel (20) and Twin Valley’s Michelle Mesquita (15). Girls Basketball, the Twin Valley Raiders vs. the Exeter Eagles at Exeter High School Thursday evening December 22, 2016. Twin Valley won 44-23. Photo by Ben Hasty
Reading Eagle: Ben Hasty | Exeter’s Taylor Kerling (35) struggles for the ball with Twin Valley’s Taylor Knorr (15) and Julia Danilak (23). Girls Basketball, the Twin Valley Raiders vs. the Exeter Eagles at Exeter High School Thursday evening December 22, 2016. Twin Valley won 44-23. Photo by Ben Hasty
Reading Eagle: Ben Hasty | Exeter’s Jordan Davis (2), tries to move the ball past Twin Valley’s Taylor Knorr (15). Girls Basketball, the Twin Valley Raiders vs. the Exeter Eagles at Exeter High School Thursday evening December 22, 2016. Twin Valley won 44-23. Photo by Ben Hasty
Reading Eagle: Ben Hasty | Twin Valley’s Julie Wallace (4) shoots against Exeter’s Thressia Nixon (13). Girls Basketball, the Twin Valley Raiders vs. the Exeter Eagles at Exeter High School Thursday evening December 22, 2016. Twin Valley won 44-23. Photo by Ben Hasty
Reading Eagle: Ben Hasty | Twin Valley head coach Mark Morrow. Girls Basketball, the Twin Valley Raiders vs. the Exeter Eagles at Exeter High School Thursday evening December 22, 2016. Twin Valley won 44-23. Photo by Ben Hasty
Girls basketball: Twin Valley downs Exeter
Friday December 23, 2016 12:01 AM
By Beth Hudson
REIFFTON, PA
The only certainty in the fledgling Berks Girls Basketball League season has been the lack of a sure thing.

Just ask Twin Valley and Exeter, Division I programs that already have experienced the highs and lows of a rather unpredictable two weeks.
Only one Berks team, Fleetwood, remains unbeaten. Three others, including Twin Valley, have one loss.
Julie Wallace scored 11 of her 13 points in the first half and Taylor Knorr had a game-high 16, leading Twin Valley to a 44-23 win over Exeter in a Berks I opener Thursday at Reiffton.
Sammi Snyder led the Eagles (3-3) with eight points.
The Raiders (6-1) will carry a nice record and a two-game winning streak into their vacation, which doesn’t include a holiday tournament. Despite the early success, Twin Valley coach Mark Morrow wants his team to maintain the right frame of mind.
“We’re trying to keep it in a perspective where we’re always chasing ourselves,” Morrow said. “The only people we have to prove anything to is us. Tonight we played a very well-coached team.
“Truck is one of the best coaches I know. We wanted to make sure we were able to execute what we wanted to defensively and offensively.”
Twin Valley and Exeter have a lot in common, actually.
Both have second-year head coaches (Exeter’s is Charles Truckermiller) who previously coached boys programs in Berks County. Both are trying to take the next step.
Four Raiders contributed at least four first-half points, helping the team build a 14-4 lead by the end of the first quarter and 25-11 at the half.
Twin Valley’s only loss came last Friday at Fleetwood, which has the league’s leading scorer in Lauren Lister. Morrow said the setback served as a valuable reminder.
“They did a great job against us defensively,” Morrow said. “We hadn’t seen that kind of pressure defense in a half-court set until that point. They just have a special player in Lister.
“We have to play a very unique way. We have to play very good halfcourt defense, and that gives us permission to play offense.”
Morrow likes the idea of a break, meaning no contests on the schedule until January. He’s eager to practice more and install some new facets into his team’s game before league play resumes.
Truckermiller, meanwhile, is eager to get back on the court. His Eagles will compete at Wyomissing’s tournament next week.
Exeter was coming off a 51-45 win over Muhlenberg Tuesday, but fell behind quickly to the Raiders.
“Tonight they were more physical than us,” Truckermiller said. “They got up on us and we just didn’t handle it well. He definitely had them prepared to take a lot of our strengths away from us.”
Learning from mistakes is part of the process, the coach said. His team is one victory shy of its total from the 2015-16 season.
“We’re going to have to come in on Monday and gear it back up,” Truckermiller said. “I don’t want that complacency to set in. We’ve built some positive momentum, and I want to keep that going.”

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