|Spring-Ford girls basketball coach Jeff Rinehimer (center), an Alvernia grad just like the Poopster's owner, leads the Rams into Friday's PIAA-AAAA girls basketball championship against Cumberland Valley at 6 p.m. at Hershey's Giant Center.|
By the Poopster
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It all comes down to this.
Spring-Ford. Cumberland Valley.
The PIAA-AAAA girls basketball championship on the line.
Hershey's Giant Center. Friday night. 6 p.m. Broadcast statewide on the Pennsylvania Cable Network.
The District 3 No. 5 seed Eagles (26-6) can scorch the basket thanks to the triple threat of 6-footers Jackie Falconer, Maddie Torresin and Kelly Jekot.
The Pioneer Athletic Conference and District 1 champ Rams (31-2), meanwhile, play defense like they're guarding gold at Fort Knox.
Sammy Stipa, Shelby Mueller, Sarah Payonk, Brittany Moore, Sammi Haas, Courtney Hinnant, Maggie Locke and Co. have made a memorable and methodical march through March, and no situation can better prepare a squad for a state championship than Tuesday's epic 53-49 semifinal win over Cardinal O'Hara.
Cumberland Valley is a dangerous squad getting hot at the right time. But the Poopster doesn't quite think they are battle-tested enough to take down Spring-Ford. Defense wins championships, and nobody in the state plays it better than the Rams .... Spring-Ford 56-48.
Last round: 2-0.