Spring-Ford returns to district semifinals with win over CB East; Methacton misfires

(3) Spring-Ford 44, (11) CB East 42 – The three-time PAC champion Rams earned their third straight trip to the District 1-6A semifinals with the narrow escape Saturday afternoon, keyed by Lucy Olsen’s decisive bucket in the final minute and a defensive stop that ended with a CB East shot spilling out at the final buzzer.
Olsen finished with 13 points, joining Skylar Sullivan (14 points) and sharpshooting Abbey Boyer (11, 3 treys) in double figures for Spring-Ford (23-3), which moves on to face (2) Central Bucks West Wednesday night (6 pm) at Wissahickon. CB West advanced with a 68-59 conquest of (10) North Penn.
For the upstart Patriots (17-8), who came in riding high after a 56-54 upset of (6) Ridley, Emily Chmiel led all scorers with 18 points, including 10 from the free throw line. Having already clinched a state playoff berth, CB East falls back into the playback phase Wednesday against (10) North Penn.
Spring-Ford is hoping the third time is the charm in the district semis, having lost to Garnet Valley 42-40 last year and CB South 39-36 the previous season.
CB East (42) – Burns 0 0-0 0, Wilga 2 0-0 5, Salvati 2 2-2 7, Duffy 1 1-2 3, Chmiel 4 10-15 18, Barry 1 0-0 2, DeAngelis 3 0-0 7. Totals 13 13-19 42.
Spring-Ford (44) – Boyer 4 0-0 11, Olsen 4 4-4 13, Yuan 0 0-0 0, Lee 1 0-0 2, Alessandroni 1 1-3 4, Pufko 0 0-0 0, Maloney 0 0-0 0, Sullivan 5 3-5 14, Hudak 0 0-0 0, Totals 15 8-12 44.
CB East                  10    8  12  12 – 42
Spring-Ford            10  12  12  10 – 44
3-point goals: CB East (3) – Wilga, Salvati, DeAngelis. Spring-Ford (6) – Boyer 3, Olsen, Alessandroni, Sullivan
 
(4) Pennsbury 43, (5) Methacton 34 – The Warriors misfired badly in their District 1-6A quarterfinal loss to the host Falcons Saturday afternoon.
While not exactly lights-out from the free throw line this season – 54 percent (208-387) entering Saturday’s game – Methacton shot a dismal 32 percent (9-28) to drop into the playback phase of the tournament.
Nicole Timko knocked down three triples and finished with a team-high 13 points, but her 2-9 performance at the line belied her 77 percent (44-57) season's work.
The third quarter was also a problem for the Warriors, who fell behind 27-20 by the end of the frame after Pennsbury’s 14-7 run broke open a 13-13 halftime tie.
Cassidy Kropp added seven points and Caroline Pellicano complemented her seven rebounds with four points for Methacton, which has already qualified for the state playoffs and will now face (8) Upper Dublin, a 35-21 loser to /(1) Plymouth Whitemarsh, in a district seeding game Wednesday.
Methacton (34) – Kropp 3 1-2 7, Tornetta 1 1-6 3, Pellicano 1 2-4 4, Hargrove 1 0-0 2, Timko 4 2-9 13, Bockrath 0 0-2 0, Smith 0 2-4 2, Hazlett 1 1-1 3. Totals 11 9-28 34.
Pennsbury (43) – Sciola 3 6-8 13, Nassivera 1 4-6 6, Arcuri 6 5-13 19, Miller 0 3-4 3, Pompilli 0 2-2 2, Bethea 0 0-0 0, Dignan 0 0-0 0, Spinelli 0 0-0 0, Rooney 0 0-0 0, Dash 0 0-0 0, Totals 10 20-33 43.
Methacton            3  10   7  14 – 34
Pennsbury            4   9  14  16 – 43
3-point goals: Timko 3, Arcuri 2, Sciola