Ply­mouth Whitemarsh falls to CB South

The Colonial - - OPINION - By Daniel Car­valho

Go­ing into the first round of the District One Class AAAA girls bas­ket­ball play­offs, the Ply­mouth Whitemarsh pro­gram knew it had al­ready achieved a mem­o­rable 2013-14 cam­paign.

The No. 19-seeded Colo­nials fin­ished sec­ond in the Sub­ur­ban One Amer­i­can Con­fer­ence and reached a to­tal of 17 wins in the process head­ing into their match against No. 14 Cen­tral Bucks South.

So when the Ti­tans knocked PW out of districts 46-30 on Satur­day af­ter­noon and end­ing its sea­son, the Colo­nials were still proud of how far they had come.

“It’s a great ex­pe­ri­ence for the kids,” PW coach Dan Dougherty said. “This se­nior class made the district play­offs three out of four years. They won 52 games and the four years prior the pro­gram only won 22 games.”

Af­ter the first quar­ter, the game was still up for grabs with the score be­ing 8-5 in fa­vor of CB South. But head­ing into the sec­ond, the Ti­tans found their stride and be­gan to widen their lead with a 14-0 run that car­ried over from the first frame.

Fi­nally with 3:25 re­main­ing be­fore the half, PW’s Asia Baker was able to sink two free throws, but the dam­age had al­ready been done. CB South went on an­other 10-0 run to close of the first half and the Colo­nials found them­selves with only one field goal made all game and down a 23-spot.

“First quar­ter was 8-5 so I thought we were hang­ing in,” Dougherty said. “The sec­ond quar­ter is the dif­fer­ence of the game. We lost the sec­ond quar­ter 22-2, we lost the game by 16 points. It just goes to show just how cru­cial that sec­ond quar­ter was.”

But like any team built by char­ac­ter, the Colo­nials came out in the sec­ond half with a sense of dig­nity for what they were able to build this sea­son. PW was able to outscore the Ti­tans 28-24 to fin­ish out strong.

“The mes­sage at half­time to the girls was to just don’t give up and give a lot of ef­fort and I thought they did that in the sec­ond half,” Dougherty said.

“We won the sec­ond half and it’s a tes­ta­ment to how hard the kids have worked. It’s a tough way to end our sea­son. We had a strong sea­son — a sea­son for the

kids to be proud of — and I thought the sec­ond half was some­thing for them to be proud of too.”

As for the off­sea­son, the Colo­nials will go back to work, try­ing to take the pro­gram to new heights and im­prove on this year’s win­ning phi­los­o­phy.

“Over­all it was a re­ally hard game. I think there were a lot of nerves be­cause it was a play­off game,” said team cap­tain Alynna Wil­liams, who fin­ished with a team-high 15 points in the game. “Sec­ond half we kind of picked it up, but at that time it was just too late.

“We made some his­tory this year, so we re­ally im­proved our pro­gram. We re­ally made a dif­fer­ence.”

The Ply­mouth Whitemarsh girls bas­ket­ball team will look to con­tinue on its suc­cess, mak­ing strides in the girls bas­ket­ball realm as well as on the school’s cam­pus.

“Our boys pro­gram is so well-known and so dom­i­nant and we’re try­ing to build to get to that level,” Dougherty said. “This team is get­ting us to that level. The mes­sage to the girls this year is to look at all they ac­com­plished.

“PW bas­ket­ball is no longer just PW boys bas­ket­ball, it’s PW boys and girls bas­ket­ball.”

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