Friday, March 15, 2013

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Payonk paying off in big way for Spring-Ford

Spring-Ford’s Sarah Payonk goes to the hoop as Dover’s Kara Funk defends during their PIAA Class AAAA quarterfinal Friday night at Garden Spot High School. (Photo by Barry Taglieber)

By Darryl Grumling

NEW HOLLAND — Off the basketball court, Sarah Payonk is one of Spring-Ford’s brightest students.
On the court, she is one of the Rams’ most dangerous weapons.
Dover found that out in Friday night’s PIAA Class AAAA quarterfinal, as Payonk’s powerful performance helped Spring-Ford come away with a 67-45 victory at Garden Spot High School.
Payonk, a 5-foot-11 senior forward, scored 15 points to share team-high honors with Sammy Stipa and also grabbed a team-high eight rebounds and blocked four shots for the Pioneer Athletic Conference and District 1 champion Rams (30-2), who won their 22nd straight game.
“Sarah’s a really big asset to our team,” said fellow senior starter Sammi Haas. “She’s a good leader, she knows the game and she’s very smart. She’s not as loud on the court as me or (senior) Courtney (Hinnant); she’s more likely to give a pep talk in the locker room and tell us what needs to be done. She talks when she needs to talk.”

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