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Downingtown East, Sun Valley fall short in district semifinals

NORTHAMPTON  – University of Michigan commit Nicole Munger set the tone with 19 of her game-high 23 points in the first half as second-seeded Central Bucks West rolled to a lopsided 69-44 triumph over No. 11 Downingtown East in the District 1-AAAA semifinals at Council Rock South Wednesday.

Munger hit 8 of 12 shots in the first 16 minutes to help the Bucks (27-1) grab a 34-23 lead at the break, an advantage that expanded to 52-31 following an 18-8 run in the third quarter.

The victory sets up an all-Suburban One League district final Friday night (6 p.m.) at Temple’s Liacouras Center with No. 5 Abington, which blasted (16) Spring-Ford 66-43 in the nightcap of the semifinal doubleheader. CB West beat Abington 51-38 for the first SOL title in program history earlier several weeks back.

Coming in with 12 wins in their last 13 including a 52-47 triumph over No. 3 Mount St. Joseph Academy in the quarterfinals Monday, the Cougars (21-7) and their top gun never got untracked Wednesday. Paige Warfel, who exploded for 46 points in D-East’s last two district games, was limited to just one field goal and 9 points – 10 below her season average.

Leading the way for the Ches-Mont League representatives were Aryah Aungst (11 points on two treys), Lindsay Kent (10), Warfel and Laura Ochsner (8).

D-East hosts Spring-Ford Saturday (1:30 p.m., tentative) for third place in the district. The Cougars will be playing in their first state tournament since 2011 regardless of the outcome of that game.

Downingtown East (44): Aungst 3 3-3 11; Kent 4 2-2 10; Ochsner 3 2-2 8; Johns 2 2-2 6; Warfel 1 7-9 9. Totals 13 16-18 44.

Central Bucks West (69): Traina 0 2-2 2; Munger 10 1-1 23; Godshall 4 4-4 12; Carroll 4 0-0 9; Mason 2 1-3 5; Tilger 3 1-1 7; Spratt 1 0-0 2; Rodenbauch 2 0-0 6; Rakowsky 1 0-0 2; Kaiser 1 0-0 2. Totals 28 9-11 69.

Downingtown East   10 13  8 13 – 44

Central Bucks West  20 14 18 17 – 69

3-point goals: Aungst 2; Rodenbauch 2, Munger, Carroll.

(1) Gwynedd Mercy 55, (5) Sun Valley 26 – The Vanguards committed 15 turnovers in the first half to fall into a 34-13 hole and never recovered in the District 1-AAA semifinal loss.

After scoring 8 points in the opening half, Kate Lannan was held scoreless the rest of the way. Claire Howley chipped in with 6 points for the losers.

Sun Valley (17-7) still has another shot to earn the first state playoff berth in program history when it faces Merion Mercy, a 58-33 loser to Pope John Paul II in Wednesday’s other semifinal, Saturday for the third and final district bid in the PIAA tournament.

For GMA (22-4), which meets second-seeded PJP  for the district title Saturday at Upper Dublin (4 p.m.), Erica DeCandido led the way with 14 points.

Sun Valley (26) – Lannon 8 points, Adelberger 6, Duncan 4, Corrento 3, Turner 3, Giannakarios 2.

Gwynedd Mercy (55) – DeCandido 14, Sullivan 6, Cameron 4, Casey 4, Coleman 6, Ferguson 5, Heineman 9, Senour 3, Hutton 2, Lutes 2.

Sun Valley             6  7   6   7 – 26

Gwynedd Mercy  17 17 10 11 – 55

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