Phil-Mont girls hold on in Class A final

Posted: March 03, 2014

Jana Goodman knows that 10 seconds is long enough for a team to go down the court and shoot a three-pointer.

With her Phil-Mont Christian girls' basketball team up by three points in the waning moments of the District 1 Class A final Saturday, Goodman couldn't let the Falcons' opponent, Jenkintown, tie the score.

As the Drakes rushed the ball up the floor, hoping to take the game to overtime, the 6-foot-1 Phil-Mont senior baited the Jenkintown player before collapsing in the passing lane and stealing the ball.

It was then that Goodman knew her team had captured the district title at Villanova's Pavilion.

For good measure, Goodman drained two free throws with 0.9 seconds on the clock, sealing the top-seeded Falcons' 36-31 win.

"It feels awesome," Goodman said. "We went through a lot of adversity throughout the season, even today, and we just fought through it."

It was the fourth time this season that Phil-Mont (23-4) beat Bicentennial opponent Jenkintown (19-8). The earlier meetings, sophomore Keyen Green said, contributed to the Falcons' slow start.

"I think we thought about it a lot in the first half and that is why we kind of lost the second quarter - we psyched ourselves out about it," Green said.

In a close game throughout, the largest lead Phil-Mont held was six points, as both sides received big contributions from their top players.

Goodman (16) and Green (13) combined for 29 of the Falcons' 36 points, hassling the second-seeded Drakes down low and being a big presence on the boards.

Emma Dorshimer provided the spark for Jenkintown, doing it from all over the court for the Drakes and netting 15 points. But the junior fouled out with 4 minutes, 16 seconds remaining, and the Drakes struggled on offense without her.

Both teams advance to the PIAA state tournament, which will begin Saturday.

"We fight to the bitter end. We don't give up," Goodman said.

Jenkintown 9 10 6 6 - 31

Phil-Mont Christian 11 6 9 10 - 36

J: Emma Dorshimer 15, Ruby Westkaemper 8, Madison Kremp 6, Nina Lindenbaum 2.

PMC: Jana Goodman 16, Keyen Green 13, Tracey Goodman 7.

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