Boyertown closes out AFBE Showcase with win over Easton

BOYERTOWN >> Jason Bieber surely knows how to cap a 15-hour work day.

The Boyertown girls basketball team beat Easton 42-36 in the nightcap of Saturday’s Athletes for Better Education Showcase at Boyertown High School.

“Been here since 7:30,” he said, moments before letting out a long sigh of relief. “This was a great way for us to end a great day.”

Just a few seasons after he first set up the AFBE Showcase — which then consisted of just three girls games and a boys game — Bieber has seen immense growth over the years. The day consisted of 11 games in total — three junior varsity and eight varsity matchups.

“All of today’s games were incredible,” said Bieber. “Just about every game was tight throughout, which was really good to see. We had great matchups, and a lot of good crowds, good turnouts. This was a great day to showcase some of the really good teams from across the area.”

Abby Kapp and the Bears put the stamp on the showcase, using an 11-2 run during the third quarter to take the lead which they’d never again give up.

Kapp scored a game-high 16 points, moving her to 1,401 points for her career — just 19 behind Kaitlyn Eisenhard atop Boyertown’s All-Time leading scorers’ list.

Katie Armstrong followed with nine points while Kylie Webb finished with seven.

“It’s a long day, but this win definitely makes it worth it,” added Bieber. “It’s a great win, I’m proud of the girls.”

A quick glance at the AFBE Showcase:

Fleetwood 51, Norristown 44 >> The Tigers kick-started the day with a morning win over the Eagles.

Lauren Lister led the way with 21 points while Gabrielle Downs followed with 17 as Fleetwood took a one-point lead into the locker room at the half. Beyonce Collins was Norristown’s lone double-figure scorer with 11 points.

Muhlenberg 41, Owen J. Roberts 36 >> Despite a game-high 14 points from Olivia Leclaire, the Wildcats dropped a non-conference matchup with the Muhls.

OJR trailed 21-14 at the half as Muhlenberg played nearly even the rest of the way. Gabby Rojas and Cassie Colon scored 11 points apiece in the win.

Central Dauphin 69, Methacton 62 >> The Warriors were on fire from deep during their loss against Central Dauphin.

Ryan DeOrio connected twice from 3-point land en route to a game-high 21 points while Sydney Tornetta followed with nine points including a pair of 3-pointers as Methacton connected for seven on the game. Olivia Pennypacker added nine for Methacton, which trailed 37-22 at the half.

Abington 64, Perkiomen Valley 31 >> A quartet of double-figure scorers fueled the Ghosts’ offense in their victory over the Vikings.

Megan Jonassen had 16 points to lead PV, which trailed by a 32-27 count by halftime. Sam Brusha had a game-high 22 points to lead Abington.

Central Dauphin East 68, Gov. Mifflin 54 >> The Panthers used a huge second half to down the Mustangs.

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