Plymouth Whitemarsh falls to CB South
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.”