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Girls Basketball: Bowes, Patriots Down Penn Charter, Earn Second Straight Win

FORT WASHINGTON -- The rivalry between Germantown Academy and William Penn Charter is on display for all during GA/PC Day in the fall. However, the disdain for the Quakers does not stop when the seasons change. On Jan. 21, the Patriots hosted Penn Charter in an Inter-Ac League contest, hoping to avenge a 10-point loss from earlier in the season. 

It was a back-and-forth game, but GA ultimately came away with a 60-54 result.

"I'm just proud of their focus on defense," Head Coach Sherri Retif said. "That's a really high-octane team in Penn Charter and over the last couple days of practice they just really focused in. We still let them get to the line more than I had hoped, but I was proud."

Germantown Academy led 12-8 after one quarter, thanks in large part to Gabby Bowes '25. Bowes registered seven of her game-high 26 points in the first frame. Penn Charter managed to tie the contest at 18 with just under four minutes to go before the half and took a lead into the break following a 13-10 run. However, the Patriots were not out of it, especially with how Bowes was shooting behind the arc.

"Gabby's been shooting like that all week," Retif said. "We were looking to run against them because we felt we had more depth. We were looking to push the ball up and get a quick shot and I thought we did a good job of that." 

Retif also gave praise to CeeJay Thomas '25, who had to step up when Kendall Bennett '24 got into foul trouble. Retif said despite the fouls, Bennett was a great leader on the bench and kept everyone involved. Thomas finished the game with four points. 

As potent as Bowes' shooting was in the first half, it got even better in the second. The freshman scored eight in the third, including two makes from three-point range. She also sparked a 12-2 run that helped give the Patriots a six point lead. GA led by five heading into the final quarter. 

They continued to get key stops and go on runs in the fourth, outscoring Penn Charter 10-0 over a span two minutes. The Quakers tried making a push late in the contest, but the lead built by the Patriots proved to be too much to overcome. 

"When Penn Charter is mostly juniors and seniors, it's huge," Retif said. "But we are focused on just getting better, focused on the details. It was a lot of growth since last game." 

GA is now 9-5 overall and 3-2 in league play. The Patriots return to action on Jan. 24 when they host Archbishop John Carroll High School at 4 p.m. 

SCORING SUMMARY

  1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q Total
Penn Charter 8 23 8 15 54
Germantown Academy 12 16 16 16 60

GA Scorers

Gabby Bowes - 26 points (5 3pt made)

Jess Aponik '24 - 10 points

Issy Casey '24 - 10 points

Kendall Bennett - 4 points

CeeJay Thomas - 4 points

Jess Kolecki '25 - 2 points

Sam Wade '24 - 2 points

Jenna Aponik '24 - 2 points