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.