Girls hoops: Owen J. Roberts, Spring-Ford capture state openers; Methacton bounced

(1-9) Owen J. Roberts 45, (2-1) Hazelton 35 – Avery White cashed 19 points and Olivia LeClaire added 10 as the Wildcats continued their Cinderella postseason run by knocking off the District 2 champions in the opening round of the PIAA Class 6A Tournament Friday night at Berwick.
White hit 10 of 10 free throws in the second half to seal the deal for OJR (21-9), which moves on to play (1-2) Pennsbury in the second round of the state playoffs Tuesday at a time and site to be determined. Pennsbury advanced with a 45-24 demolition of (3-4) Red Lion.
Playing in the first PIAA playoff contest in program history, the Cats were in control from the start, grabbing a 13-7 lead after one quarter, extended the advantage to 25-12 by halftime and 38-19 heading into the fourth quarter.
OJR has now won four straight, including three nail-biters in district playbacks to keep their historic season alive and earn a first trip to states.
The remarkable run started with a 52-49 overtime win over (6) Ridley as LeClaire became the program’s all-time leading scorer, continued with a state-playoff clinching 42-41 conquest of defending district champion and last year’s state runnerup (7) Garnet Valley and kept going with a 42-40 OT win over (12) Souderton in the district’s ninth-place game.
Owen J. Roberts (45) – Clay 2 1-2 7, White 4 10-10 19, LeClaire 2 6-10 10, Vogelman 0 0-2 0, Greenawald 1 0-6 2, M. Koury 1 0-0 2, G. Koury 0 0-0 0, Schall 2 0-0 5. Totals 12 17-30 45.
Hazelton (35) – Trivelpiece 2 0-0 4, Mejia 0 0-0 0, Krinze 0 0-0 0, Kuehn 0 0-0 0, Antolick 3 2-2 10, Wolk 1 1-2 3, Mooney 1 1-1 3, Burloski 1 4-4 6, Franek 0 1-2 1, Grula 2 1-2 6, Krizansky 1 0-0 2. Totals 11 10-13 35.
OJ Roberts          13  11   14   7 – 45
Hazelton               7    8    4  19 – 35
3-point goals: OJR (4) - Clay 2, White, Schall. Hazelton (3) – Antolick 2, Grula.
 
(1-4) Spring-Ford 60, (11-3) Parkland 25 – The three-time Pioneer Athletic Conference champion Rams (22-5) found their rhythm from the opening tip, going wire-to-wire for the blowout victory in the opening round of the PIAA Class 6A Tournament at Easton Middle School.
Coming off consecutive losses while settling for fourth place in District 1, Spring-Ford excelled at both ends of the floor to advance to the second round Tuesday (time and site to be determined) against District 12 champion Cardinal O’Hara – a 50-30 winner over (1-10) Souderton.
Emily Tiffan, who recently returned to the lineup after missing two months to injury, finished with 13 points and triggered a lights-out shooting performance from beyond the arc for the Rams with three triples.
Spring-Ford, which also got double figures scoring from Lucy Olsen (13) and Skylar Sullivan (10), put on a clinic from deep as six players combined for nine three-balls.
Defensively Spring-Ford was equally efficient, holding Parkland (16-11) to just seven field goals and single digits in the first three quarters while building leads of 15-4 after one period, 33-13 at the break and 48-19 heading into the final frame.
Spring-Ford (60) – Boyer 2 0-0 6, Lee 0 0-0 0, Olsen 6 0-0 13, Yuan 1 0-0 2, Tiffan 3 4-6 13, Alessandroni 1 0-0 3, Coyne 0 0-0 0, Engle 2 1-1 6, Pufko 0 1-2 1, Maloney 2 0-0 4, Sullivan 4 1-2 10, Scogna 1 0-0 2, Pizzi 0 0-0 0, Rutkowski 0 0-0 0, Totals 22 7-11 60.
Parkland (25) – Spang 0 0-0 0, Young 1 0-0 2, Hartman 1 1-2 3, Olenwing 0 0-0 0, Shivak 1 2-6 4, Wilkinson 3 3-5 10, Berger 1 4-7 6. Totals 7 10-20 25.
Spring-Ford       15  18  15  12 – 60
Parkland             4    9    6    6 – 25
3-point goals: Spring-Ford (9) Tiffan 3, Boyer 2, Olsen, Alessandroni, Engle, Sullivan. Parkland (1) Wilkinson
 
(3-2) Central York 51, (1-8) Methacton 49 –Sophomore sharpshooter Nicole Timko poured in a game-high 23 points with five three-balls but the Warriors were unable to sustain a fast start in suffering the season-ending loss in the opening round of the PIAA Class 6A playoffs at West York High.
Methacton, which also got 7 points apiece from senior Caroline Pellicano and freshman Cassidy Kropp and another 6 from senior Sydney Tornetta, led 24-18 at the break before an 18-10 run in the third quarter put the Panthers in front 36-34.
The loss was the fourth straight for the Warriors at the end of a solid 23-7 campaign that included a 20-2 regular season and a second straight trip to the PAC championship game (a 47-39 Spring-Ford win). Methacton had handed the Rams their only league loss prior to the playoffs.
Senior starters Tornetta, Pellicano and Sydney Hargrove were instrumental during a three-year run at Methacton that produced 59 wins, three District One, two PIAA playoff appearances and a pair of trips to the PAC championship game.
For Central York (22-5), which faces (1-7) Central Bucks East Tuesday in the second round, Sarah Berman (14 points), Bella Chimienti (12) and Abby McFerren (10) all hit double figures.
Methacton (49) – Kropp 2 2-2 7, Tornetta 2 2-5 6, Pellicano 3 1-1 7, Hargrove 2 0-0 4, Timko 7 4-4 23, Bockrath 0 0-0 0, Smith 0 0-0 0, Hazlett 1 0-0 2. Totals 17 9-12 49.
Central York (51) – Frey 0 0-0 0, Chimienti 5 0-1 12, Panopoulos 3 2-3 8, Berman 3 6-6 14, McFerren 2 5-6 10, Wright-Rawls 1 0-0 2, Prowell 2 0-0 5. Totals 16 13-16 51.
Methacton         12  12  10  15 – 49
Central York        9    9  18  15 - 51
3-point goals: Methacton (6) – Timko 5, Kropp. Central York (6) – Chimienti 2, Berman 2, McFerren, Prowell