Spring-Ford

The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - SPORTS -

41-36 on Dec. 13, 2018, and 48-35 on Jan. 17.

Spring-Ford is yet to lose to a Penn­syl­va­nia op­po­nent, its only losses com­ing at the Nike Tour­na­ment of Cham­pi­ons in Phoenix, Ariz. The Rams are No. 4 (a re­cent drop due to game for­fei­tures from one of its op­po­nents in Phoenix) in the Dis­trict 1-6A rank­ings, trail­ing only Gar­net Val­ley, Ne­shaminy and Abing­ton.

The in­ci­dent around the PJP pro­gram led to a non-com­pet­i­tive game de­spite the best ef­forts of the Golden Pan­thers re­serves, who per­formed com­mend­ably de­spite be­ing over­matched by one of the top teams in the state. For PJP, a team-high nine points came from Brook­lyn Rogers while other starters in­cluded Julie Ch­er­neskie, Ha­ley Jack­son, Gianna Cagli­ola and Lexi Bray.

For Olsen and com­pany, they did their best to not be affected by the un­ex­pected op­po­si­tion.

“I heard about (the sus­pen­sions) ear­lier in the day, but I just for­got about it,” Olsen said. “I had no idea what was go­ing to hap­pen so who­ever shows up to play, I am just go­ing to play them.

“We’re just go­ing to try to win to­gether as a team. It doesn’t mat­ter who we’re play­ing, we’re just go­ing to work to­gether to win.”

“We re­ally look in­ward and our goal is to get better ev­ery day,” Spring-Ford coach Mickey McDaniel said. “Tonight, we did some re­ally good things. Our only job was the get better.”

The Rams shook off an unin­spired start and put up a 29-point sec­ond quar­ter for a 43-13 half­time lead. Their de­fense had 18 steals — five from Olsen and four from Marte — and forced 41 turnovers.

“I think we’re work­ing well to­gether,” Olsen said. We’ve done a lot of team bond­ing and pick each other up when they’re down.”

Pope John Paul II falls to 14-10 and now awaits its dis­trict seed­ing ahead of the Dis­trict 1-5A tour­na­ment, which be­gins Feb. 19. PJP en­tered Satur­day ranked No. 11.

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