On Saturday afternoon, Spring-Ford and Methacton lost their bids to make it to next month’s PIAA Class 6A playoffs, both suffering losses during the 9th-11th place playback rounds of the District 1-6A Tournament. Spring-Ford, looking to make its first PIAA playoff appearance since 2015, was outscored in all four quarters. Methacton, now three years removed from its previous trip to states, kept it tight all the way to the finish. Here’s a look at the results:
Souderton 44, Spring-Ford 28 >> Playing without standout guard and Stetson University commit Sydney Wagner, lost to a hand injury, the No. 16 seeded Rams’ offense struggled to get into any sort of rhythm during a season-ending loss against the Big Red.
No. 8 seeded Souderton outscored its guests in all four quarters, jumping out to a 25-15 lead by the half. Alana Cardona paced Souderton with 13 points while Kate Connolly finished with 10, including a 3-pointer.
Maddie Haney led Spring-Ford with nine points including a 3-pointer while Dez Engle scored six points on a pair of treys. Abby Goodrich followed with five. As a team, the Rams finished just 4-for-8 from the free throw line.
Upper Dublin 47, Methacton 44 >> Done in by the Cardinals’ 3-point ability, the No. 13 seeded Warriors came up just short in a season-ending loss.
No. 12 seeded Upper Dublin combined for six 3-pointers with Josie Barrett connecting three times from deep en route to a team-high 14 points. Nicole Kaiser complemented her with another 13 points while Demia Balasa scored seven on a pair of 3-pointers.
UD led 26-23 at the break and was able to keep Methacton at bay despite the Warriors scoring 12 in the final frame.
Senior guard Ryan DeOrio led the Warriors with 14 points while Jenna Cooper finished with 12 on a pair of 3-pointers. Sydney Thompson scored eight while Jackie Cerchio had three points, 10 boards and seven assists.
DeOrio finishes her career with 1,071 points, fifth most all-time in the program’s history.
Upper Dublin and Souderton will square off Wednesday at 7 p.m. for a place in the PIAA Tournament.