Phantom girls bow to Sun Valley in districts

Photo by Barry Taglieber Phoenixville's Bailey Stover (21) prepares to take a shot while being guarded by Sun Valley's Shayna Orr (5) Tuesday night.

> ASTON - Phoenixville’s girls hung with favored Sun Valley for most of the game before falling to the Vanguards, 66-51, in the first round of the District 1-AAA playoffs Tuesday night.

> Phoenixville, the 12th seed, ended its year at 5-17 overall.

> Sun Valley (17-6), the fifth seed, will travel to face fourth-seeded Lower Moreland in the quarterfinals Saturday afternoon at 1:30.

> Annie Rubino topped the Phantoms with 18 points, including four treys. Angie Flagg followed with 15 points and 12 in the first half.

> Gia DeAngelo scorched the nets for 30 points for the Vanguards and Shayna Orr dropped home 20 with four treys.

> Phoenixville fell behind 21-11 after one period but closed to within 34-31 by halftime. Sun Valley led 47-40 entering the fourth quarter.

> The Phantoms fell behind 52-40 at the start of the fourth but pulled to within 52-49 with 3:05 showing. Then they were forced to foul.

> “It was a good game, but we couldn’t pull it out,” said Rubino. “As a senior I wanted to put it all out. It has been an honor to play for them.”

> The Phantoms were aware of DeAngelo but they could not stop her. She had 14 markers in the opening stanza.

> Phoenixville coach Michele Dunleavy talked about the contest.

> “Turnovers at the most perfect time for them,” said Dunleavy. “It was 52-49 and we were right there. We had to get the ball and we’re not used to having to get the ball in a do-or-die situation. We are not used to that.”

> She thought the Phantoms should have done a better job penetrating Sun Valley’s 2-3 zone defense.

> The Phantoms played without two starting front cort players in Jada Boyce and Gabby Duda due to injuries.

Nomi Washington tallied seven points for Phoenixville with one fourth-quarter triple. Mary Sinnott scored six second-half points for the Phantoms while Bailey Stover had two, Mackenzie Smith two and Nicole Lemon one. Bridget Gibbons also saw action in the contest.

Flagg led the rebounders with 13 while Rubino and Washington each pulled down seven boards and Sinnott four. Washington also made three steals and had one blocked shot.

Phoenixville outrebounded Sun Valley, 44-30.

The Phantoms shot 21-for-61 from the floor and 4-for-9 at the foul line. The Vanguards shot 19-for-44 from the field and 22-for-35 at the foul line.

Phoenixville committed 24 turnovers in the fray while Sun Valley had 18 miscues.

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