MERION STATION — Phoenixville's girls basketball season came to a close Tuesday night following a 52-27 setback to Merion Mercy in the opening round of the District 1-AAA playoffs.

The 12th-seeded Phantoms completed the year at 7-16 overall under first-year head coach Kevin Bornstad. The fifth-seeded Golden Bears improved to 13-11 and advanced to the second round of the tournament.Junior guard Valez Jackson paced Merion Mercy with a game-high 25 points. She canned two 3-pointers and shot 7-for-9 at the free throw line as Merion Mercy controlled the game from start to finish.

The Golden Bears held a 15-7 lead after one quarter and were up 29-12 by halftime.

Nomi Washington finished with seven points and one 3-pointer for the Phantoms. Julia Brown had six and Jada Boyce had five and Jess Anthony four for the Phantoms. Khadijah Ford-Bey had three and Gabby Duda two on 2-for-4 foul shooting."We had a very good practice Saturday but we didn't have a good practice yesterday,' said Bornstad. "I think that had a lot to do with how we played tonight. We are a lot better than we showed tonight.'

The youthful Phantoms graduate just four seniors. Bornstad is looking forward to working with the younger players as he tries to build a program year-round and not just have a team.