Phantom girls win on Senior Day

Photo by Barry Taglieber Phoenixville's Khadijah Ford-Bey (42) and Pottsgrove's Cori Dickinson (34) battle for a loose ball during the Feb. 1 PAC-10 girls basketball game.
Photo by Barry Taglieber Phoenixville's Mackenzie Smith (10) and Pottsgrove's Karly Conrad (12) go after a loose basketball.

PHOENIXVILLE - Jada Boyce and Khadijah Ford-Bey helped celebrate their Senior Day with double figures as Phoenixville defeated Pottsgrove, 62-37, in the Phantoms’ final PAC-10 regular season girls basketball game of the season on Feb. 1.

Boyce finished with a game-high 16 points and 10 rebounds plus one steal and one blocked shot for the Phantoms (5-8, 7-14). Boyce scored eight of her points in the first quarter as Phoenixville took a 15-6 lead after the first period and upped it to 29-19 by halftime.

Ford-Bey ended up with 12 points, eight boards, one block and one steal. Injured guards Rachel Miller and Nicole Lemon were the other two seniors on this year’s team.

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Nomi Washington also reached double digits with 12 points, eight rebounds, five steals and three assists. Gabby Duda pulled down 10 rebounds to go along with five points, three assists and one block.

Diana Randleman paced the Falcons (3-9, 6-14) with 13 points, including a 5-for-5 effort at the free throw line. Karly Conrad had eight points with one 3-point field goal and five boards. Alliya Austin had six rebounds and three steals.

“It was a good game,” said Boyce. “We wanted to win in the first place to win for the seniors, Rachel (Miller) and Lemon, who couldn’t play. We played to accomplish that goal, and I couldn’t be happier. It was a good win.”

Phoenixville completed its first regular season under head coach Kevin Bornstad as well as junior varsity/assistant coaches Kate Knudson and Brittany Roth and volunteer assistant coach Patrizio Capolli.

“We just have to make our foul shots,” said Boyce. “They (Falcons) have a lot of good players, like number 12 (Karly Conrad). She is a good player. But it was our moment, and we were the ones who won.”

Phoenixville shot 7-for-19 at the free throw line while Pottsgrove shot 11-for-15 at the charity stripe.

“We played extremely well,” said Ford-Bey. “We had to win it on Senior Night. We had to let the seniors go out with a win. That’s what we set out to do.

“We have to get those rebounds. You have to grab it and get it. I got a lot more playing time (as season went on).”

Bornstad was happy with what the Phantoms accomplished this season with a new coaches, system and players, who had to mesh, even against the larger schools in the Liberty Division.

Besides the seniors, he was proud of the development of young players oke freshmen Julia Brown, Jess Anthony and Dakota Graham as well as Mackenzie Smith, a young sophomore guard.

“It was a great year,” said Bornstad. “We got a lot better every game. Even in games where we were blown out by the bigger teams, there were good signs.”

Bornstad had the Phantoms take in a practice session at Division I Villanova University Jan. 31 so the players could witness workouts at the highest next level of play.