Philly Women's Summer Leaague: One-Two Showdown Set For Final Night of the Regular Season
By Mel Greenberg - @womhoopsguru
And Bob Heller
HATBORO, Pa. – When longtime commissioner David Kessler produced the 11-night regular season schedule back in the early spring for the Philadelphia/Suburban NCAA Certified Women's Summer Basketball League he could not foresee that the top two teams would be one game apart entering the final spot prior to the eight-team playoff that begin with quarterfinal action Thursday.
Red 51, Royal Blue 45 – The Red Team thrust itself back into contention for one of the eight playoff slots as they held off a late rally to defeat Royal Blue, 51-45 to improve to 4-6 on the season.
West Chester University senior Tori Smick (Woodstown HS) sank four free throws in the final 46 seconds to help seal the win, snapping a 7-0 run by Royal (5-5) that put the team within two points of the predominantly West Chester University Red squad. Smick led all players with 14 points (10-12 from the free throw line). WCU sophomore Mariah Traywick (Spring-Ford HS)added 11 and incoming WCU freshman Katie Fisher (Strath Haven HS) chipped in nine.
Royal was led by Meghan Pickell’s (Ithaca College via Episcopal Academy) 12 points. East Stroudsburg University senior Courtney Brown (Council Rock South HS) added eight.
Red, who had led by as many as 12 points early in the game and again in the third quarter, took a ten point lead into the final period. The Red lead was nine with 4:43 remaining when Royal went on a 7-0 run to pull within two 49-45 with one minute left. Five of Royal’s seven points came from the hands of recent East Stroudsburg University graduate Ryann Fiascki (Archbishop Carroll HS). Smick’s two free throws with 46.4 seconds on the clock made the score 49-45 and after a defensive hold, Smick was again fouled and went to the line, converting two more to provide the final six-point margin of victory.
Red is now in a three-way tie for the eighth and final playoff spot with the win while Royal Blue is in a three-way tie for fifth place.
Purple 64, Sky Blue 60 – St. Joseph’s University junior Chelsea Woods recorded her sixth game of 30 or more points as she scored 34 to lead Team Purple (6-4) with a 64-60 win over Team Sky Blue
Purple moved into sole possession of fourth place with the win. Sky Blue is still in line for a playoff spot, despite the loss as they remain in a three-way tie for eighth place with Team Red and Team Orange.
Woods sank seven free throws in the final 62 seconds to help secure the win. Penn State-Abington junior Symantha Marrero (Central HS) added 10 points while St. Joseph’s University senior and Germantown Academy graduate Jaryn Garner and Penn State Abington’s Marah Hayes (Archbishop Wood HS) had nine and eight points respectively.
Lafayette College junior Samantha Stipa (Spring-Ford HS) and NYU freshman Gabrielle Heinsinger (Merion Mercy Academy) led Sky Blue (4-6) with 17 and 10 points respectively. Mercyhurst University freshman Stephanie Petery (Pope John Paul II HS) and St. Joseph’s University freshman Avery Marz both added eight points.
With Purple leading by just one at the half, Sky Blue’s Heinsinger opened the third period with a three-point basket to give her team their first lead of the game 28-26. Purple then used a 20-4 run to pull ahead by double digits, 44-32 before Sky closed out the third quarter on a 7-1 run to trail 45-39 entering the final period.
Madison Kimball’s (Jenkintown HS) putback with 6:36 left put Purple back on top by double digits 53-43. Sky followed with an 8-2 run capped by a three-point field goals from recent St. Joseph’s University graduate Ciara Andrews to close within four 55-51 with 4:34 left. After both squads exchanged three-pointers, Stipa added a layup to put Sky Blue within one 57-56 with just 1:35 remaining. Woods sank four free throws over the next 1:08 to push Purple’s lead back to four 61-57 before Andrews connected on her second three-pointer of the quarter to pull Sky Blue within one 61-60 with 20.8 seconds left. Another Woods free throw with 15.8 left made the score 62-60 and she sealed the win with two more with four seconds to go.
Maroon 55, Hunter Green 41 - Team Maroon (also known as Division II University of the Sciences) solidified their hold on second place with their fourth straight win 55-41 over team Hunter Green.
Maroon improves to 8-2 and will play Team Gold for the #1 seed in the upcoming league playoffs next Tuesday, July 26. Hunter Green falls to 3-7 and was eliminated from playoff contention with the loss.
USciences sophomore Marissa Sylvester (Nazareth Academy) led the Maroon squad with 10 points while junior Laura Trisch (Archbishop Wood HS) and senior Natalie Stella (Wilmington Christian) added nine and eight points respectively.
University of Scranton senior Alexix Roman led Hunter Green with ten points while Elizabethtown College sophomore Abby Beyer (Spring-Ford HS) chipped in nine.
Hunter Green held an early four point lead before Maroon closed out the first quarter on a 17-6 run to take control and lead 22-15 after one period. Defense took over as Maroon then held Hunter Green to seven points in each of the next two quarters, while pushing their lead to 11, 40-29 as the two teams entered the final quarter.
Maroon opened the period with an 8-2 run to take their biggest lead,48-32 with Stella sinking two three-point field goals. Hunter Green closed the gap to ten twice as the quarter progressed, the last at 50-40 on a Roman basket with a little over three minutes remaining. Sylvester added a layup and a three-pointer to round out Maroon’s scoring.
The game marked the sixth time that Maroon has allowed fewer than 50 points in a game this season. Defensively Maroon is giving up just 48.2 points per game, the best mark in league.
Pink 79, White 52 – Gettysburg College sophomore Emma Dorshimer (Jenkintown HS)recorded her second consecutive 20+ -point effort as Team Pink locked down the #3 seed Thursday night with a 79-52 win over Team White.
Dorshimer finished with a game high 24 points, which included five three-point field goals. Sarah Sherman, a Juniata College senior via Methacton HS and SUNY Oneonta senior Brianna Spector (Upper Dublin HS) added 11and nine respectively for Team Pink (7-3).
Kutztown University freshman Sierra Taylor (Camden Catholic HS) led three players in double figures for the predominantly Division II Kutztown University White team with 13 points. Recent Philadelphia University graduate Alex Heck and KU sophomore Taylor Thames (North Penn HS) had ten points apiece.
The Pink squad took an early four point lead and gradually increased the margin as the game wore on, reaching a double digit lead early in the third quarter and pushing the margin to 14, 53-39 heading into the final period of play. Dorshimer’s basket with 4:36 left pushed the margin to 20 and Pink closed out the game on a 12-5 run to earn their second consecutive win.
Black 65, Kelly Green 52 - Team Black won their fifth consecutive game after starting the season at 0-5 to even their record at 5-5 with a 65-52 victory over Team Kelly Green on Thursday.
The win moves Team Black (also known as Division II Philadelphia University) into a three-way tie for fifth place with Royal Blue and White. The predominantly Division III Delaware Valley University Kelly Green team falls to 0-10 on the season.
PU junior Rachel Day (Archbishop Wood HS) led Black with 16 points(four three-point field goals). Freshman Alynna Williams (Plymouth-Whitemarsh HS) also made four three pointers and finished with 13 points. Sophomore Valez Jackson (Merion Mercy Academy) added ten.
DVU sophomore Danielle Skedzielewski (Archbishop Ryan HS) scored a season high 25 points for Kelly Green, becoming only the fifth league player this season to record at least one game of 25 points of more. DVU senior Samantha Foy (Ridley HS) added ten points.
It was Kelly Green who had the upper hand early in the game leading by three at the end of the first quarter. A 10-2 run to open the second quarter gave Black a 22-17 lead before Kelly Green came back to tie the game at 26-26. Black closed out the half with an 8-0 run to lead 34-26 at the break.
Day’s triple opened the third quarter scoring and pushed Black’s lead to 11, 37-26. Kelly Green would not fold, however, embarking on an 11-5 run capped by a Skedzielewski layup at the 1:50 mark. Black pushed the lead up to double digits again closing the quarter on an 8-2 run, highlighted by two Williams’ three-pointers to lead 50-39.
Kelly Green closed within six at 53-47 following a pair of Shannon Barlow free throws with 6:00 remaining. Black then put the game out of reach, with a 10-5 run to lead 63-49 before settling in for the 13-point win.
Gold 80, Orange 57 – Team Gold placed four players in double figures as they cruised to their sixth consecutive victory 80-57 over Team Orange.
Team Gold improves to 9-1, with their only loss a forfeit to Purple due to lack of enough players. Gold will play Team Maroon on Tuesday to decide who will receive the #1 seed for the upcoming playoffs. Orange falls to 4-6 and is in a three-way tie for the eighth and final playoff spot, along with Red and Sky Blue.
St. Joseph’s University junior Adaisha Franklyn (Bayard Rustin HS) led all scorers with 24 points. Holy Cross University graduate Alex Smith (The Peddie School) and Bloomsburg University graduate Danielle Derr (Upper Dublin HS) had 14 and 11 points respectively for Gold while Lafayette College sophomore Nia Holland (The Shipley School) added ten points.
St.Joseph’s senior Mackenzie Rule (Cardinal O’Hara HS) led Orange with 12 points. A pair of Emory University freshmen, Erin Lindahl (Germantown Academy) and Allison Chernow(upper Dublin HS) chipped in 11 and ten points.
Gold took control in the second quarter opening the period on an 8-3 run en route to a 37-30 halftime lead. A 12-2 run to start the second half put Gold firmly in charge with a 49-32 lead. Smith’s layup late in the third quarter pushed the lead to 21, 60-49 as the defending league champs rolled on to a 23-point win, 80-57.