On December 16, Merion was finally able to play their first home game in a little over a year in a building that Sister Barbara Buckley, the Head of School, described as a labor of love that was 10 years in the making.
Following a short ceremony that included Sister Barbara taking the first ceremonial shot (that did go in after a friendly roll off the front rim), the teams were ready for action.
Following the opening tip, nerves were apparent as neither team was able to crack the scoring column. With 5:05 remaining in the first quarter, Nora Pergolini '18 recorded the first basket in the new gym by hitting a running bank shot to give her team the 2-0 lead.
"It's very cool," said Nora Pergolini. "One our assistants congratulated me when I sat down and I did not realize what he was talking about. He then told me I scored the first basket."
In front of a spirited crowd, Merion gave Athletic Association of Catholic Academies foe Gwynedd Mercy Academy all they could handle for 2 ½ quarters before faltering in the end as the Monarchs pulled away for the 42-29 victory.
"It has been really special," said senior co-captain Nora Pergolini, who finished four points (including the first basket in the new gym) and two rebounds. "Although we did not win today, I am glad we have a sense of home."
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