PHOENIXVILLE - The first league victory of any season is, oh, so sweet.
And when it happens to occur towards the end of an otherwise long, struggling season, it can be that much more satisfying.
Pottstown found itself in that situation Tuesday night when the Trojan girls traveled to Phoenixville for a Pioneer Athletic Conference basketball matchup against the Phantoms.
The Trojans proceeded to build a 14-point fourth-quarter lead and then came away with a 53-45 victory over Phoenixville in a Frontier Division contest.
Pottstown won its first PAC-10 game of the 2012-13 season after 10 setbacks and the Trojans now stand at 2-16 overall. Phoenixville dropped to 2-8 in league play and 4-14 overall.
Destiny Astheimer, Sidney Sanford, Tierra Griffey and Alicia Rosenberger combined to help lead Pottstown to the victory.
“The first league win, that’s big for us,” said Pottstown coach Chris Jackson. “They (Trojans) played well. They surprised me for the way we have been going. I was surprised. But they wanted it really, really bad and they came out and showed it.”
Pottstown led 13-10 after one quarter and 28-23 at halftime. The Trojans extended the margin to 45-33 after three quarters.
Astheimer, who scored eight points in the opening stanza, finished with 12 points, 11 rebounds, one steal and one blocked shot. Sanford, who crammed 10 of her 12 points in the middle two periods, ended the night with 12 rebounds, two steals and a block. Griffey had 11 points with one trey and 6-for-11 free throw shooting. She tallied nine of her markers in the first half.
Rosenberger came off the bench to nail three 3-point field goals in the third quarter and had 11 counters overall. Alexis Hewlett chipped in with five points on one second-period trey and two fourth-period free throws when the Phantoms made their comeback bid.
Pottstown shot 19-for-45 from the field and 10-for-21 at the foul line. Phoenixville shot 18-for-65 from the floor and 8-for-13 at the foul line.
Phoenixville took the rebounding battle, 45-35, and each side committed more than 20 turnovers.
Jada Boyce paced Phoenixville with 14 points, including 11 in the second half. Boyce also grabbed a game-high 18 rebounds and tacked two steals and two blocks on her line as well.
Aubree Flagg canned 13 points with 11 coming during the first half. She also had six rebounds, three steals and one block. Mary Sinnott finished with six points and six boards. Annie Rubino had four points, six rebounds, two steals, two assists and one block. Bailey Stover had four points and two steals. Taylor Jefferis hit one second-quarter trey and four points.
“This was the potential I was expecting to see all season,” said Jackson of his Trojans. “They are a really good team when they play.”
Jackson was glad to see Pottstown shoot a lot better from the floor than it did during a loss to Upper Perkiomen last week. Pottstown’s only other victory this year was a non-league outing against Octorara.
“It was a tremendous effort by all of them,” said Jackson. “I am so proud of them.”