Girls basketball: Spring-Ford hosts Neshaminy in district opener

GIRLS BASKETBALL

District One Class AAAA Playoffs

Opening Round

Saturday, Feb. 19

1:30 p.m.

(24) NESHAMINY at (9) SPRING-FORD

The records: Neshaminy is 13-9 overall, 6-8 in the Suburban One League National Conference … Spring-Ford is 19-5 overall, 12-1 in the PAC-10 Liberty Division (regular season)

Trending: The Redskins, who count on strong defense and scoring balance, have won 3 of their last 4 on the heels of a 5-game losing streak. Neshaminy was throttled 39-18 by Council Rock North in its most recent outing … The Rams suffered a 56-51 triple-overtime loss Wednesday night in the PAC-10 championship game to Boyertown, which shared the regular-season division title with Spring-Ford. Spring-Ford, which handled the district’s fourth-seed Cheltenham 62-58 at the Hazleton Tip-Off Tournament, is 7-3 over the last 10 games, with two of the losses coming to Boyertown in overtime and the other to Downingtown East

Players to watch: Neshaminy freshman point guard Megan Schafer (7.2 ppg) leads a balanced attack that includes backcourt mate Amanda Lally (7 ppg) and forward Shannon Barlow (6.2 ppg). Lori Paulits (5.5) also helps out on the offensive end … Spring-Ford has good size, quickness and a deep rotation. Mariah Traywick (9.8 ppg) and Sarah Payonk (9.2 ppg) are strong presences in the paint and Meagan Yates (10.5 ppg) is deadly from beyond with 44 three-pointers this season. Brittany Moore (18 treys) is another perimeter threat for the Rams

Quotable

Jeff Rinehimer (Spring-Ford coach): ““The only thing we can really take from (the Boyertown) game is that we still need to play a total game against the really good teams.” (After the Rams coughed up a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter of their the triple-OT PAC-10 final loss)