Wednesday, February 13, 2013

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Spring-Ford repeats as PAC-10 champion

Kevin Hoffman/The Mercury Spring-Ford players, including senior Sarah Payonk (54), celebrate Wednesday night after beating Methacton for the PAC-10 championship.

By Don Seeley

ROYERSFORD ­— More often than not, Spring-Ford has been huffing and puffing and blowing down opponents by halftime (if not before) this season.
But despite outscoring the opposition by an average of 16-plus points in the first and second quarters, two of which led to identical 21-point wins over Methacton, nothing was anywhere near that easy during Wednesday night’s Pioneer Athletic Conference championship affair ... against none other than Methacton.
The feisty Warriors’ defense denied the Rams any notable stretch of consistency on offense, pressuring the hosts into a horrid 8-for-22 effort from the floor and seven turnovers. If that wasn’t enough to frustrate the defending champions, scoring the final eight points of the half to get within 19-15 at the break sure was.
And did Spring-Ford ever respond with one of its signature runs ... on offense and defense.
The Rams offense put up 34 points, their defense limited Methacton to just eight and, in the end, they owned a 53-23 blowout for their 30th straight PAC-10 win and second consecutive title.

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