Girls hoops: Distirct 1-6A opening round playoff previews

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District 1-6A Opening Round
Friday, Feb. 14 – Both games tip off at 7 pm
(23) Boyertown at (10) North Penn
North Penn at a glance
  • 15-6 overall
  • 8-4 SOL Continental Conference tied for second place
  • Balanced scoring attack led by Bloomsburg University commit Val McGriff (11.4 ppg) and junior Alli Lindsay (10.9). Senior Carley Adams (6.2 ppg) – who has signed with East Stroudsburg University - and senior Alaina Mullaly (5.8 ppg) are also key contributors.
  • Key regular season wins over #12 Souderton (46-38, 37-34), #15 Neshaminy (57-50) and #17 Unionville (51-34).
  • Split regular season series with #11 Central Bucks East (38-46, 68-62) and #18 Pennridge (61-64, 59-44), avenging both early season losses late in the year.
Coach Jen Carangi says:  “We are excited to host a playoff game for the first time since 2017. Our team has been balanced all year, but our unselfishness recently has helped us play even better. We are looking forward to getting started Friday night.”
Boyertown at a glance
  • 10-13 overall
  • 4-6 PAC Liberty Division
  • Qualified for Final 6 playoffs, losing to Methacton 45-35 in opening round
  • Led by junior Abby Kapp (11.9 ppg, 2.9 rpg) and senior Julia Smith (11.1 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.3 apg).
  • Senior captain Amber Marburger (5.4 ppg, 2.9 apg) and senior Avery Sweisfort (5.0 ppg) combine to average close to 10 rebounds and junior guard Mikayla Moyer (4.6 ppg) is a defensive dynamo and strong distributor at the offensive end
  • Regular season wins over Class 5A #14 Pope John Paul II (52-40).
  • Split regular season series with #14 Owen J Roberts (39-31, 31-43)
  • Went 5-6 over last 11 games
Winner will face:  The winner will face #7 Garnet Valley in a second round game.
(19) Abington at (14) Owen J Roberts
Abington at a glance
  • 12-10 overall
  • 9-5 SOL American Conference third place
  • 14th straight year in district tournament under coach Dan Marsh, whose teams are 12-1 in the first round.
  • Young Ghost squad is led by sophomore point guard Khalis Whiting (12.5 ppg). Freshman Cire Worley is the top scorer, averaging 16.0 points a game. Freshman Jaida Helm (9.2 ppg) and junior Amanda Jackson (7.9 ppg) are also key contributors.
  • Regular season win over Class 5A #1 Springfield-Delco (52-50).
  • Split regular season series with Class 6A #20 Hatboro-Horsham (61-60, 81-71) and Class 5A #9 Upper Moreland (47-23, 45-46)
  • Ghosts have made six straight state playoff appearances
Owen J Roberts at a glance
  • 16-8 overall
  • 6-4 PAC Liberty Division third place
  • After an opening round 37-34 PAC Tournament win over Pope John Paul II, the Wildcats fell to eventual champion Spring-Ford 54-38 in the tournament semifinals.
  • Led by four-year varsity starter Olivia LeClaire, who was a first team All-PAC selection as both a sophomore and junior. The senior guard/forward surpassed the 1,000-point milestone earlier this year. Other key contributors for the Cats include sophomore point guard Avery White, senior sharpshooter Hannah Clay and senior forward Brooke Greenawald
  • Signature regular season win over Class 5A #8 Pottsgrove (47-36), the PAC Frontier Division champion. Split regular season series with Class 6A #5 Methacton (48-37, 39-41) and #23 Boyertown (31-39, 43-31)
Winner faces: The winner will travel to #2 Spring-Ford in the second round.