Thursday, December 13, 2012

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Spring-Ford shoots down Boyertown

By Darryl Grumling

BOYERTOWN — To hear Spring-Ford girls basketball coach Jeff Rinehimer tell it, the Rams hadn’t quite found their shooting strokes through two scrimmages and their two regular-season games.
But when the Rams hit the floor for Thursday night’s Pioneer Athletic Conference contest against Boyertown, they displayed the kind of marksmanship that would impress a sniper.
Senior Sarah Payonk led the barrage with a game-high 19 points as Spring-Ford defeated the Bears 65-45 in a battle of Frontier Division foes who have combined for the past three PAC-10 titles.
Junior guard Sammy Stipa (14 points) and junior reserve Shelby Mueller (10 points) also hit double figures for the defending league champ Rams (2-0, 2-1), who won their second straight since a season-opening 58-56 non-league loss to Notre Dame Academy.
“Our passing definitely set up a lot of our shots,” said the 5-foot-11 Payonk, who knocked down four of the Rams’ eight 3-pointers. “Everybody was hitting their shots. We were setting people up in good positions, and that was something we really wanted to work on this game because we had been struggling with it the first two games.”
Photo by Tom Kelly III Spring-Ford’s Sarah Payonk (54) drives in for a layup between Boyertown’s Kaitlyn Eisenhard, left, and Olivia Cavallo Thursday night

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