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Wrap: Aungst leads Downingtown East past Downingtown West

GBB_20150120_DEvsDW_1UWCHLAN – Downingtown East continued its push for a Ches-Mont League National Division playoff berth with a 44-33 victory over crosstown rival Downingtown West Tuesday night.

Leading 18-14 at the break after rattling off 15 unanswered points spanning the first and second quarters, the Cougars (6-2 league, 10-5 overall) took charge with an 18-8 run in the third quarter on their way to a series sweep of West.

The linchpin for the victory was Aryah Aungst, who got the job done at both ends of the floor. The Downingtown East junior collected 11 points and held the Ches-Mont’s second-leading scorer Maddie Dew to 9, more than 8 below her season average of 17.5 ppg.

“I just wanted to stay focused, get over top on the screens and make sure (Dew) wasn’t hitting any threes,” said Aungst. “I was getting a lot of help from my teammates. It was a big team defensive effort.”

There were other heroes for the Cougars. Lindsay Kent led all scorers with 14 points and Paige Warfel – the Ches-Mont’s leading scorer (17.7 ppg) – added 11.

“Early in the season Lindsay was getting double figures,” said Downingtown East coach Bob Schnure. “Although she’s had some good games passing the ball lately, she hasn’t had a lot of shot opportunities. Today, she made them count.”

For the Whippets (4-4, 8-8), who dropped back to .500 with their second straight loss, Heather Camden led the way with 11 points followed by Dew with 9.

“They hit their shots down low when they had the opportunities and we didn’t hit our shots,” said Downingtown West coach David Johnson. “They finished their plays and we didn’t finish ours.”

The finish line awaits the Cougars, who are one-game ahead of Coatesville in the win column in the fight for the final league playoff berth. Downingtown East has four Ches-Mont regular season contests left.

“When we are all scoring, playing unified as a team, we can be really good,” Aungst said.

The unified effort was especially apparent at the defensive end, where the Cougars blanketed Dew and prevented the sharpshooter from getting open looks.

“Aryah did a very nice job, but I thought our kids gave her a lot of help,” said Schnure. “I thought, to some degree, we bottled up Maddie a little bit. A lot of it was Aryah, but her teammates also helped out as well.”

Downingtown West (33) – H. Camden 4 3-4 11, Dew 3 2-2 9, Schnack 2 1-2 5, Caruso 2 0-0 4, Supplee 1 0-0 2, M. Camden 1 0-0 2, Graham 0 0-0 0. Totals: 13 6-8 33.

Downingtown East (44) – Kent 6 2-2 14, Aungst 4 3-4 11, Warfel 3 5-11 11, Johns 3 0-0 6, Ochsner 1 0-0 2, Tyrell 0 0-0 0. Totals: 17 10-17 44.

Downingtown West  5  9  8  11 – 33

Downingtown East     9  9 18  8 – 44

3-point goal: Dew.

Bishop Shanahan 47, West Chester Henderson 25 – The Eagles (8-0 league) bolted out to a 24-7 lead after one quarter and were never seriously challenged in recording the Ches-Mont National Division win.

Ciara Forde keyed the early onslaught with 8 of her game-high 12 points in the opening frame, while Devon Adams added 11 points and Grace Phillips had 9 as Shanahan won its eighth straight.

For the Warriors (3-5 league), Vicki Kneis, Maddie DePrisco and Abby Shea all finished with 4 points.

Bishop Shanahan (47) – Adams 11 points, Forde 12, Phillips 9, Basile 5, Parker 7, Sendi 2, Cox 1

WC Henderson (25) – Kneis 4, DePrisco 4, Shea 4, Maturani 2, Maratea 2, Gawrylowicz 3, Cullinan 3, Caruso 2, Bertrando 1

Bishop Shanahan    24  7  9  7 – 47

WC Henderson         7  4  6  8 – 24

Coatesville 73, Avon Grove 26 – The Red Raiders (5-2) used a fast start and balanced attack to record the Ches-Mont National victory.

Demetria Irwin (21 points, 3 treys), Nafisa Saunders (16 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists) and Briana White (10 points) all hit double figures for Coatesville, which led 25-5 after one quarter and 42-13 by intermission. For the Red Devils (0-8), Mackenzie Boyer and Taylor Harper combined for 11 points.

Avon Grove (26) – Boyer 6 points, Harper 5, Martin 4, Crowell 4, Ruddisill 1, Whiteside 4

Coatesville (73) – Irwin 21, Saunders 16, White 10, Torres 3, McLaughlin 5, Jemison 4, Brown 7, Bookman 3, Bergmaier 4

Avon Grove      5   8   7   6 – 26

Coatesville       25 17 19 12 – 73

West Chester Rustin 70, Kennett 27 – The Golden Knights bolted out to leads of 23-8 after one quarter and 41-13 by halftime in posting the Ches-Mont American romp.

Katie O’Hare collected 17 points, Noelle Powell hit for 15 and Casey Warley added 11 for Rustin (8-0). For the Blue Demons (1-7), Miranda Hill finished with 8 points.

Kennett (27) – Hill 7 points, Houck 5, Hussey 4, Hertz 1, Haley 2, Armitage 5, Adelman 2

WC Rustin (70) – O’Hare 17, Powell 15, Casey Warley 11, Zavitsky 6, Courtney Warley 4, Walls 3, Pitts 3, Leaven 2, Griesemer 2, Gallagher 4, Eller 3

Kennett        8   5   9   5 – 27

WC Rustin  23 18 19 10 – 70

Great Valley 34, Oxford 19 – Stephanie Aker scored 10 of her game-high 12 points in the second half as the Patriots (4-3) overcame a scoreless second quarter that left them in an 11-10 halftime hole. For the Hornets (2-6), who were outscored 24-8 after the break, Hannah Bahls hit for 9 points.

Great Valley (34) – Aker 12 points, Buzan 4, Kahn 6, Kirk 8, Porreca 4

Oxford (19) – Bahls 9, D’Aquanno 2, Hennessey 4, Williams 4

Great Valley   10  0 10 14 – 34

Oxford                2  9   6   2 – 19

Unionville 51, Sun Valley 37 – The Indians used a balanced scoring attack to post the win and tie up the Vanguards for second place in the Ches-Mont American Division with identical 6-2 league marks.

Casey Scheuer collected 12 points while Lexi Shanahan and Micayla Flores added 10 apiece for Unionville (11-4). Madison Corrento finished with 12 points and Kate Lannan chipped in with 11 for Sun Valley.

Sun Valley (37) – Lannan 11 points, Corrento 12, Turner 6, Savage 8

Unionville (51) – Scheuer 12, M. Shanahan 7, Pancoast 6, L. Shanahan 10, Mason 2, Flores 10, Weber 4, Totals 17 14-16 51.

Sun Valley    12  7   9   9 – 37

Unionville    10 15 13 13 – 51

3-point goals: Corrento 2, Turner 2, Scheuer 2, M. Shanahan

Twin Valley 43, Octorara 24 – Jaycee Degney hit for 11 points but it wasn’t enough as the Braves suffered the nonleague loss. For the victorious Raiders, Taylor Knorr had a triple-double with 25 points, 18 rebounds and 10 steals.

Twin Valley (43) – Beard 2 0-2 4, Knorr 12 1-3 25, Lane 1 1-2 3, Lennon 2 0-1 4, Wallace 1 0-0 3, Wolfgang 2 0-0 4, Totals 20 2-8 43

Octorara (24) – Degney 3 4-4 11, Kirk 2 2-6 6, Rhoades 1 0-0 2, Walter 1 1-4 3, Zimmerman 1 0-0 2, Totals 8 7-14 24

Twin Valley   13 12 13  5 – 43

Octorara     3   5   9   7 – 24

3-point goals: Wallace, Degney

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