|Spring-Ford's Sammy Stipa, left, knocks the ball away from Central Buck West's Nicole Munger during Friday's District 1-AAAA playoff game in Royersford. (Photo by Barry Taglieber)|
By Darryl Grumling
ROYERSFORD — As the Spring-Ford girls basketball team broke its huddle and headed back to the court for the fourth quarter of Friday night’s District 1-AAAA quarterfinal against Central Bucks West, Rams coach Jeff Rinehimer left his squad with one last exhortation:
“Play like a senior!” he urged.
Those words weren’t wasted on Sarah Payonk, who spent much of the night turning in one of the top performances of her four-year career.
The 5-foot-11 senior forward had 16 points and a team-high eight rebounds to highlight a dominant all-around effort in her final home game to help the Rams defeat the Bucks 60-45.
Junior guard Sammy Stipa scored a team-high 19 points for top seed and defending champion Spring-Ford (25-2), which will face the winner of today’s Pennsbury-West Chester Rustin quarterfinal in Wednesday’s semifinal at 7:30 p.m. at Norristown.
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