Fri. Pa. boys' and girls' roundup: Constitution romps in quarterfinal

Posted: March 16, 2012

Daiquan Walker and Savon Goodman took control of the game in the fourth quarter and guided Constitution to a 70-44 victory over Faith Christian in the quarterfinals of the PIAA Class A state boys' basketball tournament on Friday at Wissahickon.

After taking a 35-27 lead into the second half, the Generals (21-9) dominated the rest of the way as Walker and Goodman combined for 18 points in a 20-8 fourth-period run.

"In the second half, we played better defense and got points in transition," Constitution coach Robert Moore said. "Daiquan stepped up in the fourth quarter and we were able to pull away."

Greg Boyd led Faith Christian (23-5) with 15 points.

Constitution will put its 12-game win streak on the line against Public League rival Math, Civics & Sciences, a 58-48 winner over Church Farm in the second half of the doubleheader at Wissahickon, in the state semifinals on Tuesday.

Down by a point entering the fourth quarter, the Mighty Elephants (19-9) rallied with Malik Starkes' 6 points and Jeremiah Worthem's 5 in the final period.

Quadir Welton gave the Mighty Elephants 9 points and 15 rebounds, Jeffon Powell had 9 points and a dozen boards, and Starkes finished with 15 points.

Church Farm's (22-6) Doolun Anyam scored a game-high 17 points.

State Class AAA. Carlos Taylor reached 1,018 career points with a 32-point performance as Boys' Latin ousted Abington Heights, 76-72, in the quarterfinals at Parkland.

Maurice Watson, the area's seventh-leading scorer with 2,338 career points, fouled out with 14 points, but his brother, Tymir, replaced him and scored the Warriors' final six points, including a trey to give his team a 70-68 lead.

Tymir Watson ended the scoring by making two foul shots with 10 seconds to go.

Boys' Latin will face Neumann-Goretti in Tuesday's semifinals.

In other quarterfinal action, Archbishop Carroll fell behind early and a late comeback fell short in a 45-44 loss to Hampton at Chambersburg.

Derrick Jones led the Patriots (20-8), who trailed by 11-4 after one quarter, with 10 points.

Girls' Basketball

Rachel Pearson hit four three-point baskets in a 14-point performance that steered Archbishop Carroll (27-2) into the PIAA Class AAAA state tournament semifinals with a 45-37 quarterfinal win over Central Dauphin at Garden Spot.

Meghan Creighton added 12 points, and Kristie Costantino and Sarah Curran chipped in with 8 each in the Patriots' balanced attack.

Our defense was the difference," Carroll coach Chuck Creighton said. "We had 12 steals and forced 15 turnovers. Kristie was the key to our defense."

Council Rock South's (27-3) season ended with the Golden Hawks being held to a season-low point total in a 37-35 quarterfinal loss to Governor Mifflin at Parkland.

Mifflin, which did not commit a foul until the fourth quarter, made 12 of 18 free throws to South's 1 of 2. Alex Wheatley led CRS with 21 points and 7 rebounds.


Penn Charter freshmen Zach Wielgus and Kenny Bergmann combined to pitch a 13-0 seven-inning nonleague shutout at Shipley. Another freshman, designated hitter Gabe Smith, went 3 for 4 with four RBIs.


Haverford School's defense, anchored by goalies Jake Landman, Elliot Avis and Tyler Miller, blanked McDonogh (Md.) in the second half of a 10-2 nonleague win.

Reilly Hupfeldt scored three goals, Gavin McBride and Will McNamara each had a goal and two assists, and Will Gural was 11 for 15 on faceoffs for the Fords.

Andrew Wofford's six goals, and Mac Gallagher's 3 goals and four assists ignited Shipley's 16-9 triumph over visiting Wyoming Seminary.

Girls. Shipley opened its season with an 18-6 nonleague win over visiting Wyoming Seminary, led by Sophie Katz's four goals and four assists, and Avery Safford's three goals and two assists.

Iris Williamson scored three of her five goals in the second half to push Germantown Friends past visiting Baldwin, 15-12.

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