Girls hoops: Methacton doomed again by poor free throw shooting in district loss

(11) Central Bucks East 54, (5) Methacton 51 – Nicole Timko dropped a game-high 24 points and Sydney Tornetta fell one point short of a double-double with 11 rebounds and 9 markers but it wasn’t enough as the Warriors (23-6) suffered their third straight loss Saturday in the District 1-6A Tournament.

Methacton (23-6), which opens the PIAA playoffs Friday, March 6, against District 3 runner-up Central York at a time and site to be determined, was once again doomed by poor free throw shooting in the district's seventh-place game for state playoff seedings,

In a disturbing trend that began during a 43-34 district quarterfinal loss to Pennsbury at the start of the tailspin, Methacton once again shot 32 percent (7-22) from the line, including 6-for-18 the fourth quarter. While Timko was a near-perfect 5-for-6 at the charity stripe  to complement four three-balls, the rest of her teammates shot a combined 2-for-16.

On the other hand CB East, which draws District 12 No. 2 seed Central Friday in its state opener, shot 25-31 from the charity stripe (81 percent) and salted away the victory with a 15-for-18 effort (83 percent) in the fourth quarter.

Emily Chmiel (18 points), Mia Salvati (16) and Aubrey DeAngelis (10) all reached double figures for the Patriots, who avenged a 61-55 season-ending loss to Methacton in last year’s district tournament.

CB East (54) – Finnan 0 0-0 0, Burns 0 0-0 0, Wilga 1 2-4 4, Salvati 4 7-8 18, Duffy 0 0-1 0, Chmiel 6 6-6 18, Barry 0 6-8 6, DeAngelis 2 4-4 10, Totals 13 25-31 54.
Methacton (51) – Kropp 2 0-2 5, Tornetta 4 1-9 9, Pellicano 2 0-3 4, Hargrove 1 0-0 2, Timko 7 5-6 24, Bockrath 1 0-0 2, Smith 2 0-0 4, Hazlett 0 1-2 1. Totals 19 7-22 51.
CB East         14   9  12  19 – 54
Methacton       7  10  14  20 – 51
3-point goals: CB East (3) – DeAngelis 2, Salvati. Methacton (6) – Timko 5, Kropp