Wed. Pa. boys and girls: Spring-Ford garners PAC-10 title

Posted: February 14, 2014

Spring-Ford won its third straight Pioneer Athletic girls' basketball title Wednesday with a 47-35 win over Methacton at Phoenixville.

Sammy Stipa led the Rams with 12 points and grabbed five rebounds.

Spring-Ford, which won the Class AAAA state title last season, was also aided by Maggie Locke's double-double (10 points, 10 boards).

Jenna Carroll had 13 points and nine rebounds for Methacton.

Public League AAA. Jamie Benton scored six of her 12 points in the fourth quarter and rejected 10 shots to help Overbrook, the eighth seed, upset top-seeded Bodine, 44-43, in the quarterfinals.

In another Class AAA quarterfinal, St. Joseph's recruit Chelsea Woods matched her career high with 45 points in fourth-seeded Freire Charter's 69-58 victory against Palumbo, the fifth seed.

Public League AAAA. Fourth-seeded Lincoln erased a six-point deficit in the fourth quarter with a 12-0 run in a 60-51 win against Simon Gratz, the fifth seed. Aaliyah Thurman scored 12 of her 25 points in the fourth quarter.

Bicentennial. Delco Christian's Siani McNeil had four steals to go with 13 points in a 41-32 home win against Faith Christian in a league quarterfinal.

Jana Goodman collected 19 points and five assists to help Phil-Mont Christian win its quarterfinal at New Hope-Solebury, 44-38.

Tri-State Christian. Christian Academy's Gracie Cryan totaled 23 points, six rebounds, six assists, and five steals as she helped her team clinch its first league title in seven years with a 50-21 triumph at Cumberland Christian.

Boys' Basketball

West Catholic called a timeout with the score tied late, but coach Jazz Williams said he did not need a clever play call.

Instead, the Burrs' first-year coach called on Jahmil Harris, who had already hit three game-winners this season.

Harris came through again, as his three-pointer with 1.3 seconds left sealed West's 48-45 win over visiting Lansdale Catholic in the first round of the Catholic League playoffs.

It was the Burrs' first Catholic League playoff win since Feb. 11, 2009.

Williams, who grew up near West Catholic and played for the Burrs in the 1990s, said he hopes to develop the program's winning attitude. And Wednesday, he said, was an important step forward.

Also in the first round, Amin Taylor hit a three-point play with 17 seconds left and Jayson Clark sank a free throw 10 seconds later to seal Bishop McDevitt's 58-57 win at Conwell-Egan. Taylor had seven rebounds, and Tyrell Long added four assists and four blocks.

Bicentennial. Holy Ghost Prep scored all 18 of its fourth-quarter points from the foul line to seal a 64-53 quarterfinal win over visiting Christopher Dock. Zahir Watkins led the way with 18 points. Matt England added 17.

Also in the quarterfinals:

Nick Cerruti and Stefan Zoubroulis each scored 16 points to move Lower Moreland past host Phil-Mont Christian, 64-41.

Robert Morales scored nine of his 14 points in the second quarter to lead Calvary Christian over visiting Bristol, 53-46.


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