The Phantoms took advantage of those struggles, but were not able to maintain their halftime lead in falling to the Rams, 53-37, in their Pioneer Athletic Conference matchup.

"We just got to the point where we ran out of gas," said Phantoms coach Bob Heck. "I was upset with how we lost the ball against their press, but I was extremely proud of how hard we played throughout the game."

The Rams' press did indeed cause the Phoenixville players a fit in the second half, which resulted in fast break opportunities and easy buckets for Spring-Ford.

After trailing 22-15 going into the halftime intermission - much of their deficit coming as a result of not scoring in the first four minutes of the game - the Rams used a strong inside presence from Dena Santoro off the bench for eight points in the third period to grab the lead.

Santoro converted inside layups on several ocassions, and when her teammates missed she was there to cleanup the boards.

"I always think we can do better," Heck said of his team's rebounding. "But again, we tired out. When we get tired, we get sloppy, but we showed a lot of character in continuing to fight.

"(Spring-Ford) is a good team. You just knew it was only a matter of time before they would start making shots. They were able to do that in the second half, and we just couldn't get into a rhythm because of their press."

The Phantoms got a team-high 14 points from Jamie Syrylo and 11 more from Lindsey Riehl.

Spring-Ford was led by Rachael Myers' 10 markers - all in the second half, while Santoro chipped in with eight and Jill Boyer and Nicki Hollup each adding seven.

NOTES ... Spring-Ford - who is still in the hunt for one of the PAC-10's Final Four spots - will face Upper Perkiomen on Thursday, before key meetings with St. Pius X (Tuesday, Jan. 27) and Lansdale Catholic (Friday, Jan. 30) next week.

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