PHOENIXVILLE - Using balanced scoring throughout the night, Phoenixville constructed a 21-point third-quarter lead and then defeated Pottsgrove, 51-44, in Pioneer Athletic Conference girls basketball action Thursday night.
Aubree Flagg and Jada Boyce each scored 10 points for the Phantoms (2-2, 4-6) while Nomi Washington finished with nine markers - seven in the second quarter - with one trey.
Phoenixville broke a 12-12 tie at the end of the first period to take a 32-21 lead into the locker room at halftime and then held up for a 43-33 lead after three quarters.
Alliya Austin paced the Falcons (1-3, 3-7) with 17 points and 12 rebounds.
“We’ll take the win, but I was not pleased with the second half,” said Phoenixville coach Michele Dunleavy. “We played undisciplined basketball with too many fouls. We had eight fouls in four minutes. They set the tone and took it to us.
“We had a good first half, shooting the ball inside and outside, and various people scoring. But we need to play disciplined and take care of the basketball under pressure. We have to step up.”
Pottsgrove, which Phoenixville pressured into 20 first-half turnovers with its full-court press, got a lift with Marisa Kinneer playing only the second half. The veteran guard helped the Falcons take better care of the ball along with Lexi Kehl and Karly Conrad.
Pottsgrove coach Mike Brendlinger talked about his ballclub.
“Our girls worked hard throughout and at the beginning of the fourth quarter, we made a run there,” said Brendlinger. “We had three or four shots go in and out or we could have done a little better. That is the way it goes sometimes.
“They (Phantoms) do a very nice job. They came out and played really well. They shot well the first half but in the second half they did not shoot as well. That was how we were able to get back into the game. Give coach Dunleavy credit. She does a real nice job with her girls.”
Dunleavy felt the press did what she wanted it to do.
“A win’s a win,” said Dunleavy. “We need to get the tempo going. Our press forced turnovers.”
Guards Annie Rubino, Bailey Stover and Mary Sinnott led the pressure with their quickness. The Phantoms forced Pottsgrove into 12 turnovers in the opening quarter.
Boyce scored six points in the first period, Flagg four and Stover two. Washington and Sinnott each tallied seven counters in the second quarter with help from Boyce, Flagg and Stover.
Sinnott ended the night with seven points while Stover had six and Rubino chipped in with four on a pair of third-quarter field goals. Gabby Duda contributed five second-half points.
For the Falcons, Kehl and Bealer each had seven points while Kinneer and Conrad had five apiece and Jessica Evans had three points with 3-for-4 foul shooting.