Girls hoops: Pottsgrove bounced by Villa Maria in District 1-5A playbacks

(4) Villa Maria Academy 43, (8) Pottsgrove 35 – The Falcons were doomed by a sluggish start and limited production at the offensive end in sustaining the season-ending loss in the playback phase of the District 1-5A tournament Tuesday night.

In the high-stakes matchup – with the winner earning a state playoff berth and the loser going home - Pottsgrove allowed eight unanswered points out of the gate and trailed 10-2 after the opening quarter. The uphill climb from that point proved to be too much for the Grove to navigate.

Sydney Mowery collected 11 points and 8 rebounds for the Falcons while the only senior starter for the locals – Summer Walker – finished her solid career with 8 points. Also, Riley Simon chipped in with four points and 6 steals, Sierra Potts knocked down a pair of triples for 6 points and Rachel Ludwig also canned 6 points.

The Grove did not go down without a fight, getting within one point in the third quarter and opening the fourth trailing by just 28-24. But the Hurricanes, who got a game-high 23 points from Maddy Ryan, regained their rhythm in the fourth quarter and closed things out with a 15-11 advantage.

The setback didn’t diminish what the Falcons accomplished this season – including a perfect 10-0 mark to win the PAC Frontier title, a berth in the league’s Final 6 playoffs and the first district playoff victory in more than 10 years. The Grove finished 18-8.

The Hurricanes move on to play (6) West Chester East (52-43 winner over (2) Penn Wood) Friday for district seeding in the state playoffs.

Pottsgrove (35) – Makins 0 0-0 0, Fretz 0 0-0 0, Ludwig 2 2-3 6, Walker 2 4-4 8, Potts 2 0-0 6, Simon 1 2-6 4, Mowery 4 3-4 11, Totals 11 11-17 35.
Villa Maria (43) – Chieffalo 0 0-0 0, Morgan Warley 4 2-4 10, Myla Warley 2 0-0 4, ford 2 0-0 4, Ryan 10 3-4 23, Tague 1 0-0 2, Iacone 0 0-0 0, Totals 19 5-8 43.
Pottsgrove          2  12  10  11 – 35
Villa Maria         10  12    6  15 - 43
3-point goals: Potts 2