Sunday, January 27, 2013

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Stipa sparks Spring-Ford over Seton Keough

Spring-Ford guard Sammy Stipa, left, scored 16 points to lead the Rams to a 61-37 win over Seton Keough Sunday afternoon in the Blue Chip Basketball 10th Annual Super Sunday Showcase in Royersford. (File photo by Kevin Hoffman/The Mercury)

By Dennis Weller
Special to The Mercury

ROYERSFORD — By the time the league and district playoffs roll around, the Spring-Ford girls should have already seen just about anything an opponent can throw at them. That comes after playing a slate of varied teams from far and wide, including another on Sunday afternoon when they hosted the Blue Chip Basketball 10th Annual Super Sunday Showcase.
This time it took the Rams until midway through the second quarter to really get rolling, but they steadily pulled away from there for a 61-37 win over Seton Keough.
Sammy Stipa scored 16 for Spring-Ford (17-2), including 14 in the first half when the rest of the team was a bit sluggish, and Sarah Payonk and Courtney Hinnant added 10 points each. Jade Porter scored 12 and Hollie Booker grabbed 11 rebounds for the Gators (9-11) from Baltimore, Md.
Though it’s not unusual for the Rams to rattle the other team right from the start with their full-court press, Keough patiently moved the ball past midcourt and did a good job of finding some open shots in the first quarter on the way to a 15-9 advantage, including three baskets by Porter.
“You don’t expect you’re going to be up huge digits against a team like that,” said Spring-Ford coach Jeff Rinehimer. “We actually didn’t create much in the first quarter. We didn’t have the energy to start the game that we’d like to.”
“I guess our intensity level was very low,” said Stipa, who won her team’s Most Valuable Player award for the game while shooting 7-for-12 from the floor and stealing the ball five times. “We knew that we had to pick it up.” 

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