Downingtown East dispatches Friere

Posted: January 27, 2014

Kaelyn Johns has great hands.

Wearing goalie gloves in the fall, the Downingtown East junior earned 13 shutouts as the Cougars reached the District 1 Class AAA final and the state quarterfinals in girls' soccer.

In the winter, Johns sheds the gloves to play guard for the Cougars in basketball, using her athleticism and soft touch to find teammates seemingly anywhere on the floor.

Saturday, her hands didn't put the ball in the hoop many times, but they did a lot of other important things really well as East took care of Freire Charter, 50-30, in a nonleague game.

"I was able to get a few steals and keep the ball moving down the court on fastbreaks," Johns said. "On defense, I am good at stopping the ball from getting in to the post players. I think that helps a lot."

"On the soccer field, I have better jumping ability and agility, so I think [basketball] helps a lot there, too."

Johns did the little things right all game for the Cougars (13-3), totaling five points, six rebounds, three assists, and three steals against Friere (7-8).

She also had to guard Chelsea Woods, who entered the game averaging 32 points. Woods was held to 21.

Often on the receiving end of Johns' nifty looks were Lindsay Kent and Paige Warfel, who took over the game on both ends in the second half. Always in the position to score, Warfel and Kent ignited the Cougars to a 24-point fourth quarter.

"I think we just needed to slow everything down - we were trying to go too fast," Warfel said. "When we slowed it down, it really paid off."

The 6-foot Warfel and the 5-11 Kent, sophomores who each finished with 14 points, used their size advantage to dominate the Dragons on the boards.

"I think we were just finally seeing the holes in the defense and we were more confident, more ready to go," Kent said.

Freire Charter 6 5 6 13 - 30

Downingtown East 10 8 8 24 - 50

FC: Chelsea Woods 21, Daniya Mealy 5, Zahkeyah Allen 4.

DE: Paige Warfel 14, Lindsay Kent 14, Aryah Aungst 9, Laura Ochsner 6, Kaelyn Johns 5, Kennedi Van Eyken 2.


Downingtown East's Paige Warfel looks back at the victory.

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