Methacton gets 18 from Timko in district playback loss

(8) Upper Dublin 47, (5) Methacton 45 – Nicole Timko connected for four three-balls and 18 points but it wasn’t enough as the Warriors suffered the loss in the playback phase of the District 1-6A Tournament Wednesday night.

Having already qualified for the PIAA playoffs, Methacton will now host (12) Central Bucks East Saturday afternoon (2:30 pm) for seventh place in the district.

The Warriors had erased a 23-20 halftime lead with an 18-13 edge in the third quarter to go up 38-36, but the Flying Cardinals answered with an 11-7 advantage in the final frame, making all the  plays down the stretch to hand their hosts a second straight loss.

Down 44-41 with 2:30 left, Dayna Balasa hit a clutch trey to lock things up before a Kara Grebe layup off an assist from Jackie Vargas on the following possession gave Upper Dublin the lead for good.

Caroline Pellicano posted 9 points and 8 rebounds and Sydney Tornetta chipped in with 6 points and 9 rebounds to support the Methacton cause.

For Upper Dublin (19-8), which faces (10) North Penn for fifth place in the district Friday,  Balasa had four treys and 18 points.

Upper Dublin (47) – Brenner 0 0-0 0, Smith 3 0-0 6, Polin 0 1-3 1, Grebe 3 0-0 6, Eskew 2 2-2 7, Balasa 7 0-0 18, Vargas 4 1-2 9. Totals 19 3-7 47.
Methacton (45) – Kropp 3 1-3 7, Tornetta 3 0-2 6, Pellicano 3 3-4 9, Hargrove 0 1-2 1, Timko 6 2-2 18, Bockrath 1 0-0 3, Hazlett 0 1-2 1. Totals 16 8-15 45.
Upper Dublin       12  11  13  11 – 47
Methacton           11    9  18    7 – 45
3-point goals: Upper Dublin (5) – Balasa 4, Eskew. Methacton (5) – Timko 4, Bockrath 1