Spring-Ford girls basketball readies for postseason

Andrew Eross, Sports Editor

In a domination of No. 2 seeded Phoenixville, Spring-Ford Girls Basketball earned a trip to the PAC Championship Feb. 15, hoping for a sixth straight conference championship.

Reaching the final game was nothing but an expectation for the young group after last year’s revamped squad upset Perkiomen Valley for their fifth consecutive title.

This year’s championship was a rematch between the Rams and Vikings. This time, however, the game was played on the Vikings’ home court after Spring-Ford was the host of the PAC Final Six a year ago. Unfortunately for the Rams, the Vikings prevailed this time around, 51-26, behind a solid scoring night and terrific defense.

Anna Azzara led the Rams with 13 points while Quinn Boettinger led the Vikings with 18.

The Spring-Ford Perkiomen Valley rivalry was as good as ever this season in girls hoops. The teams split the two-game, season-series with a win apiece for the home teams. The most recent matchup was the deciding factor in the final divisional standings, where a PV win saw the Vikings surpass the Rams for the No. 1 seed in the conference. This matchup was a big factor in PV’s designation as the No. 1 seed in the upcoming District 1 Tournament, while the loss bumped the Rams to the No. 5 seed.

Spring-Ford prepares for the district playoffs with a 21-4 record slightly behind the 22-1 nearly unblemished Vikings.

The teams’ first meeting was the Vikings only loss when Anna Azzara’s 18 points powered a Spring-Ford victory. The deciding factor was the Rams efficient 3-point attack, draining seven from behind the arc.

PV certainly focused on limiting the Rams from outside the arc in the second matchup when Spring-Ford was held to just 12 points from the 3-ball. Azzara still stood out in the game while posting 17 points and reaching the 1000-point milestone, but there was a lack in  production otherwise that held the team to just 37 points in a 44-37 loss.

The Rams enter the district tournament as the No. 5 seed and will play the winner for the Great Valley (12) and North Penn (21) in the second round of districts Saturday. If all goes according to plan, there is a possibility of a fourth meeting between the Rams and top-seeded Vikings – in the District Semifinals.