Spring-Ford girls repeat

ROYERSFORD - The Spring-Ford girls basketball team won its second straight Pioneer Athletic Conference championship with a 53-23 victory over Methacton Wednesday night at Spring-Ford High School’s Ram Gymnasium.

Coach Jeff Rinehimer’s Rams took a 14-4 lead after one quarter and were ahead 19-15 at halftime. The Rams came out with a rush in the third period, outscoring the Warriors 16-4 and then 18-4 in the final quarter.

Sarah Payonk, a 5-11 senior, scored 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Rams. Payonk shot 6-for-16 from the field and 2-for-2 at the free throw line. She had five offensive rebounds and six defensive boards to go along with six steals and three blocked shots.

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Sammy Stipa, Shelby Mueller and Courtney Hinnant (one trey) each canned seven points for Spring-Ford (22-2) while Brittany Moore had six, Sammi Haas five and Maggie Locke four. Abby Beyer chipped in with three foul shots for three points. Moore, Hinnant and Has are the other Spring-Ford seniors.

Stipa also had four steals, two assists and three rebounds. Haas had one trey, five assists, two steals and one rebound. Moore made three steals with one assist and one rebound. Mueller had four rebounds (three offensive) while Hinnant had three boards. Locke had four boards, one block and one steal.

The Rams shot 20-for-66 (30.3 percent) from the floor and 11-for-13 at the foul line.

Jenna Carroll and Sarah Sherman each had six points for the Warriors, who shot just 5-for-43 from the field with 33 turnovers against the Rams’ swarming defensive pressure.

Kelsey Watson pulled 11 rebounds, Kara Steinke seven and Carroll and Kelly Glathorn six apiece.

Spring-Ford, which is ranked first in the state and seeded first in the District 1-AAAA playoffs, will be out to defend that title as well. The Rams face No. 32 seed William Tennent at home at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.