Girls Basketball: Bearden, Raugh lead Pope John Paul II to district playoff win

PAC-10sports.com Report

OXFORD – Taylor Bearden and Devin Raugh hit for eight points apiece and Pope John Paul II put together a stingy defensive effort to advance past Oxford, 26-16, Tuesday night in the opening round of the District One Class AAA girls basketball tournament.

The Golden Panthers, seeded 12th in the 12-team field, advance to play No. 4 St. Basil Friday night in a quarterfinal contest.

PJP held 5th-seeded Oxford (13-10) to five first-half points in building a 12-5 lead at the break, and stretched it to 8, 20-12, after the third quarter.

Bearden, Michaela Holleran and Liz McKeon all hit three-point field goals for the Golden Panthers (8-13), who won the Pioneer Athletic Conference Frontier Division during the regular season.

Pope John Paul II (26) – Devin Raugh 8 points, Taylor Bearden 8, Liz McKeon 3, Michaela Holleran 3, Haley Mesaros 2, Jenna Bergen 2.

Oxford (16) – Jasmine Stone 8, Naya Delancey 4, Alex Hernandez 2, Liz Peabody 2.

Pope John Paul II      6 6 8 6 – 26

Oxford                     2 3 7 4 – 16

Villa Joseph Marie 70, Phoenixville 33 – The young Phantoms started slow and could never quite recover, falling to Villa Joseph Marie in the opening round of the District One Class AAA playoffs.

No. 11 Phoenixville fell behind 21-9 after one quarter and 38-18 at the break. A 20-6 run in the third quarter by sixth-seeded Villa put it away. Villa (12-11) advances to meet Springfield (Delco) Friday night in the quarterfinals.

The Phantoms, who finish at 7-16, were led by Gianna Bliss (9 points) and Amber Keys (7).

Phoenixville (33) – Gianna Bliss 9 points, Amber Keys 7, Chandler DiFebbo 6, Mary Sinnott 4, Kristen Habbel 4, Aubree Flagg 2, Annie Rubino 1.

Villa Joseph Marie (70) – Megan Ledwith 16, Lexi Stershic 15, Mary Newell 12, Melissa Poderis 7, Kelly Coleman 6, Christine Gorrell 5, Sara Madden 5, Courtney Shaw 2, Erin Wilker 2.

Phoenixville                9  9   6   9 – 33

Villa Joseph Marie     21 17 20 12 - 70