Senior Whitney Sharp and sophomore Lindsey Riehl each played a huge role in the Phantoms impressive 48-32 win over visiting Pottstown Thursday night.
Sharp scored 19 points, ripped down 23 rebounds and had five blocks, while Riehl added 14 markers and pulled eight rebounds.
"This was a nice win for us in the league," said Phoenixville coach Bob Heck. "The girls can believe in themselves.
"We set goals to cut down on our turnovers to under 15, and defensively to force more than 12 steal a game. We were able to do that tonight."
In fact, the Phantoms turned the ball over just 12 times, while picking up 14 swipes.
After a back and forth first quarter, in which Phoenixville finished with a narrow 9-8 lead, Riehl and Sharp helped to key a 14-4 outburst in the second stanza to take a commanding 23-12 advantage into the halftime intermission.
Riehl sandwiched four layups around two jumpers from Sharp during that second period.
"I was trying to pick it up a little bit (offensively)," said the 5-foot-11 Riehl. "As I was backing down inside, I was noticing that they were stronger on the one side. So I tried to take advantage of it. I am trying to step it up and help Whitney out inside."
The efforts inside led to the career-highs in points and rebounds.
"This is reminiscent of a game she had against Owen J. and Upper Perk," Heck said of Riehl. "She wanted the ball tonight ... she called for the ball. She was very active tonight. She displayed a great drop step that we have been working on in practice. She was more aggressive and used her size to her advantage.
"Lindsey is really her own worst enemy. She is very hard on herself, but it was good to see her have a game like this."
Pottstown on the other hand just could not get into the flow offensively.
The Trojans turned the ball over several times on successive trips down the floor, and was held without a field goal during that decisive second quarter.
"The thing that hurt the most is that we did not execute offensively," said a disgusted Pottstown coach John Cherneskie after the game. "We looked to take the quick shot, and you have to be patient to make things work.
"The intensity defensively was not there for us. We need to be quick and help out against their big girls and we just did not do that."
A strong third quarter by the Phantoms - a 13-5 margin - put the game out of reach despite a valiant effort by the Trojans in the fourth.
Shanna Tucker led Pottstown with nine points, while Lauren Cassel added eight.
NOTES ... Ashley Habbel played a strong floor game for the Phantoms with four steals, while chipping in with eight points and eight rebounds.
Phoenixville out-rebounded the Trojans 60-45 for the game.