Spring­field bat­tles past Up­per Moreland

The Willow Grove Guide - - OPINION - By Tim Hindin

thindin@mont­gomerynews.

com It’s very rare when it feels OLNH WhH fiUsW WHDP Zho sFoUHs in a bas­ket­ball game could be the de­cid­ing score of the con­test. The feel was just that in a 38-27 slugfest feaWuULQg 6SULQgfiHOG DQG 8SSHU Moreland.

,W ZDs 6SULQgfiHOG HPHUging victorious on its Se­nior Night in the two teams fourth meet­ing of the year with a score that looks like it fea­tured the schools’ foot­ball teams rather than its bas­ket­ball teams.

“We worked hard for this all year, we lost to Up­per Moreland once and beat them twice, so we knew it was go­ing to be a good game and we came out really strong at the end,” said se­nior guard Bri­anna Moyer.

Both teams got off to a very slow start with a to­tal of sL[ SoLQWs DIWHU WhH fiUsW TuDUter and a half­time score of 16-9 with Up­per Moreland hold­ing the seven- point ad­van­tage.

“We started out slow, and we’ve been slow starters all year long and thank good­ness with the slow start it kept us in strik­ing dis­tance,” 6SULQgfiHOG FoDFh BLOO .UHZ­son said.

“Both teams came out a lit­tle ten­ta­tive, you saw in WhH fiUsW TuDUWHU QoEoGy ZDs mak­ing shots,” Up­per Moreland coach Ed Decker said.

The game fea­tured a myr­iad of missed shots both from WhH fiHOG DQG WhH IUHH WhUoZ line. Both teams found them­selves at the line a bunch due to the fact there were al­most as many fouls as there were missed shots.

“We haven’t got­ten to the free throw line a lot this year and it was nice to get our girls on the free throw line to fiQLsh ouW D gDPH,” .UHZ­soQ said.

“That’s all you can do with the way they were blow­ing the whis­tle tonight. They didn’t al­low us to play tonight,” Decker said.

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“With some of our bet­ter play­ers be­ing on the bench early with fouls it didn’t al­low is [to make a run],” said Decker. “We had to go a lit­tle deep on our bench tonight to match up to some of their kids. We just didn’t have our scor­ers on the flooU ZhHQ ZH QHHGHG WhHP at the end.”

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