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Mercury Roundup (Feb. 8): Crossan guides Pope John Paul II in thriller over OJR

Girls Basketball

Tess Crossan’s free throws with 4.4 seconds left put Pope John Paul II up by three, and Owen J. Roberts’ last-second shot rimmed out as the Golden Panthers took home a 31-28 Pioneer Athletic Conference Crossover win Monday.

Crossan led PJP with 13 points and seven assists. Lainey Owens followed with eight points. Amelia Kennedy chipped in four points and eight steals, while Kallan Bustynowicz tallied eight blocks and 11 rebounds.

Avery White, who moved into fourth place on the OJR scoring list Saturday, led the Wildcats with 12 points.

OJR led 13-12 at halftime before PJP outscored the Wildcats, 10-4, in the third quarter to take the lead. Kennedy scored a layup and knocked down a free throw to extend the Golden Panthers’ advantage to 29-25 late in the fourth. OJR’s White knocked down a three to cut the lead to one before Crossan helped seal the game at the line.

Methacton 67, Upper Merion 9 >> Nicole Timko and Alli Hazlett (12 rebounds) both tallied 14 points as the Warriors cruised to a PAC Crossover win over the Vikings on Monday.

Catherine Connolly and Mairi Smith followed with nine points apiece for Methacton. Melissa McCabe led Upper Merion with four.

Spring-Ford 78, Pottstown 31 >> Emily Tiffan poured in 23 points in Monday’s PAC Crossover victory against the Trojans.

Haley Hudak joined Tiffan in double figures with 12, followed by Anna Azzara’s nine and Abbey Boyer’s eight. Calista Daye scored 16 points for Pottstown.

Perkiomen Valley 46, Pottsgrove 35 >> Jennifer Beattie and Emma Miley combined for 33 points in the Vikings’ PAC Crossover win over the Falcons on Monday.

Beattie scored 18 points and Miley 15. Jaimi Makins came off the bench to score 11 for the Falcons and Riley Simon added nine.

Phoenixville 50, Boyertown 32 >> Aubrie Breisblatt’s game-high 20 points were the catalyst for a PAC Crossover win for the Phantoms on Monday.

Nailah Green added 10, Jaime Michaud six and Dylan McAleer five for Phoenixville. Carlie Schweizer had 12 and Ashley Kapp eight for the Bears.

Boys Basketball

Upper Merion 45, Methacton 43 >> Vikings’ Collin Bowman knocked three threes, including the go-ahead triple late in the fourth quarter, in Monday’s PAC crossover win over the Warriors.

Bowman finished with 14 points for Upper Merion. Ty Jones and Frank Herman, who blocked a potential Methacton go-ahead shot, both had 11 points in the win.

Steven Penjuke had 15 points for Methacton, knocking down five threes. Brett Byrne had 11.

Perkiomen Valley 54, Pottsgrove 35 >> Tyler Lapetina’s 16 points paced the Vikings in PAC crossover win Monday over the Falcons.

Kameron Parks and Ethan Kohler both scored eight for Perk Valley. Dylan Penot scored nine and Marlon Glaze chipped in nine for Pottsgrove.

Wrestling

Boyertown 62, Methacton 6 >> Boyertown reeled off eight pins — the quickest a 24-second slap by Asher Sigler at 113 in the first match of the night — in a rout of the Warriors on Monday in a PAC contest.

Luke Heimbach (120), Jay Maldonando (126), Chance Babb (152), Jimmy Sinclair (172), Anthony Bauer (189), Michael Kelleher (285) and Gavin Sheridan (106) added pins for Boyertown.

Boyertown’s Dominic Sheridan (138), Ryder Gehris (145) and Preston Fox (215) added wins by technical fall, decision and disqualification, respectively.

Joey Simko and Brody Borkowski won matches for Methacton. Simko pinned Ryan Bove at 126 pounds, and Borkowski won the night’s closed match, 5-4, over Nicholas Montanye at 160.

Perkiomen Valley 72, Pope John Paul II 6 >> By sheer force of numbers, the Vikings overwhelmed the understaffed Golden Panthers in Saturday’s Pioneer Athletic Conference divisional crossover match.

There were only two contested weights — PV took the others by forfeit — and the teams split. Grant Euker scored a first-period pin at 215 for PV, and PJP’s Alan Alexander was a winner at 160 by injury default.

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