Thursday, March 14, 2013

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Spring-Ford, Dover square off in PIAA quarterfinal

Sammy Stipa, left, and Sarah Payonk, right, lead Spring-Ford into tonight’s PIAA Class AAAA quarterfinal against District 3 No. 4 seed Dover at Garden Spot High School. (File photo by John Strickler/The Mercury)

By Darryl Grumling

There are many factors that make Spring-Ford the most feared girls basketball team in the state.
The Rams’ superior skill level. Their bountiful blend of size, experience and depth. Their top-notch coaching staff.
But the No. 1 reason for the squad’s dominant run over the past two seasons remains its determined attention to defensive detail.
Whether it be their furious fullcourt trap or dogged halfcourt man-to-man set, the Rams ‘D’ has been nothing short of Grade A.
Spring-Ford hopes to continue that trend Friday, when the Pioneer Athletic Conference and District 1 champion Rams (29-2) — ranked 24th in the latest USA Today Super 25 national ratings — take on District 3 No. 4 seed Dover (27-3) in a PIAA Class AAAA quarterfinal at 6 p.m. at Garden Spot High.

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