The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) : 2019-02-11

SPORTS : 9 : B1


SPORTS B1 » Monday, February 11, 2019 >> FACEBOOK.COM/TIMESHERALDPA TWITTER.COM/TIMESHERALDPA MORE AT AND Golden Panthers suspend 8 players before game THE SCORE SPRING-FORD 71, PJP II 21 followed by 14 apiece from senior Cassie Marte and sophomore Hailey Hudak while junior Alyssa Yuan added 10. According to sources, the eight Pope John Paul II players were suspended due to a video with the players repeating song lyrics that featured a racial slur. The players received one-game suspensions due to the incident but were on the bench at Spring-Ford. First-year head coach TJ Lonergan was also suspended for the game and was not in attendance. When reached Saturday evening, Lonergan indicated that his punishment did not stem from personal wrongdoing, but was delivered as an example to the players. Assistant coach John Cherneskie, who led the team Saturday, was not By Austin Hertzog Up next: Spring-Ford will host Methacton in the PAC Championship on Wednesday night. [email protected] @AustinHertzog on Twitter The Spring-Ford girls basketball team was always going to be heavily favored in its Pioneer Athletic Conference semifinal against Pope John Paul II. That became even more true when it was revealed that eight Pope John Paul II players were suspended, including all five starters. The defending champion Rams had no trouble dispatching the short-handed Golden Panthers, 7121, on their home floor Saturday evening, earning a return trip to the league championship game. The Rams featured four players in double figures: sophomore guard Lucy Olsen scored a game-high 18, ROYERSFORD >> authorized to discuss the suspensions. Spring-Ford (20-2) advances to face Liberty Division rival Methacton (20-4) in the championship game on Wednesday night (7 p.m.) at Spring-Ford. “I’m excited. Last year was fun and this year it’s so far, so good,” the Rams’ Olsen said. “I’m excited to play with everyone in the championship game. It should be a good game.” The Rams topped the Warriors twice in the regular season as part of their 16-0 run through the PAC, SPRING-FORD >> PAGE 3 THE SCORE 76ERS 143, LAKERS 120 Up next: The 76ers host the Celtics on Tuesday night. Methacton dispatches Pottsgrove in PAC semifinals, S-F up next THE SCORE By Rob Senior For MediaNews Group METHACTON 54, POTTSGROVE 46 The symbolism was quite apparent. After top-seeded defending champions Spring-Ford won the evening’s first semifinal over Pope John Paul II, they departed the court under the watchful eyes of the Methacton Warriors, the No. 3 seed preparing to take the court for their own semifinal contest. Even as the Warriors took the court for their biggest game thus far this season, the Rams—undefeated in league play—loomed ROYERSFORD >> Up next: The Warriors will face Spring-Ford for the PAC Championship Wednesday night. large. But following its own 54-46 semifinal victory over Frontier Division Pottsgrove, Methacton has its chance to emerge from that considerable shadow once and for all when it takes on the topseeded hosts Wednesday night for METHACTON >> PAGE 3

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