|Spring-Ford's Courtney Hinnant scores a layup late in the second quarter against Hershey during their PIAA Class AAAA Tournament first round game Friday night at Norristown High School. (Kevin Hoffman/The Mercury)|
By Darryl Grumling
NORRISTOWN — Were she on any other team — in the Pioneer Athletic Conference, District 1 or the entire state — Courtney Hinnant would likely be a starter.
Problem is, the squad that Hinnant suits up for, Spring-Ford, has a starting lineup that is simply stacked.
With the sudden offseason emergence of players such as Shelby Mueller and Sammi Haas, Rams coach Jeff Rinehimer made the tough decision to bring Hinnant (who started most of last year) off the bench this season.
Rather than rebel, however, the 5-foot-10 senior forward has embraced the move — which has in turn strengthened Spring-Ford’s already formidable rotation.
Friday night at Norristown High, Hinnant showed what she is capable of in helping the Pioneer Athletic Conference and District 1 champion Rams down District 3 No. 7 seed Hershey 59-41 in a PIAA Class AAAA Tournament opener.
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