The 58th Annual Oreland Lions International Holiday Basketball tournament was site for the season opener for both Phil-Mont Christian (1-0) and host Springfield (0-1).
Phil-Mont will likely have the size advantage on every opponent it plays this season as its shortest starter is listed at 5-7. Friday night was no exception as the Falcons used their size to build a 10-point first quarter lead that it would not relinquish. Phil-Mont's lead was never threatened as it won 48-32.
"[There weren't] too many outside shots and [they] passed up some,' Phil-Mont coach Bill DeHeer said. "But I think that's them buying into the fact that they know people are going to have a hard time guarding us inside.'
Like the Miami Heat of the NBA, the Falcons rely on their big three. The Falcons big three consisting of sophomores Keyen Green and Tracey Goodman and senior Jana Goodman, led the way Friday night on both ends of the floor.
The three combined for 39 of the team's 48 points and grabbed 29 of the team's 38 rebounds. Jana Goodman had a game high 14 points and 14 rebounds.
"We call them our bigs,' DeHeer said. "Good ball-handling by the Goodman girls, Keyen gets the benefit of a lot of that, but she finished everything. I don't know if she missed any layups. I couldn't have asked for much more from the three big ones.'
What Springfield lacked in size it made up for in quickness. The speedy Spartans forced the Phil-Mont bigs to handle the ball, which was successful for stretches of the game as they had 22 steals for the game.
"Size wise we didn't match up well, but I think our quickness and our aggressiveness usually we can fight and play hard with teams like that,' Springfield coach Bill Krewson said. "They were willing to turn it over, we just weren't quite patient enough in our defense to allow that to happen.'
Leading the Spartans offensively and defensively was senior Meghan Wheatley. Wheatley finished with a team high nine points and eight rebounds along with a game high nine steals.
"She definitely had a good game,' Krewson said. "Like all my players, I tell them ' what can you clean up too,' because at times she was out of position. But overall Meghan is a great player, [plays] hard, aggressive and I love having her on the team.'
Phil-Mont will not be able to enjoy this victory for long at all as it take on Jenkintown Saturday night in a matchup of two teams that figure to be at the top of the Bicentennial Athletic League.
Phil-Mont Christian Academy (48)- Olinger 1 0-1 2; T. Goodman 2 8-11 12; S. Green 1 2-2 4; 6 1-6 13; J. Goodman 6 2-2 14; Tipton 1 1-2 3; Kim 0 0-0 0; Dolton 0 0-0 0; Totals 17 14-18 48
Springfield (32)- Asman 1 1-2 4; Wheatley 2 2-8 9; Ryan 1 1-2 3; Green 3 0-0 7; Ringgold 4 1-2 9; Dugan 0 0-2 0; Smith 0 0-0 0; Krewson 0 0-0 0; Shackleford 0 0-0 0; 11 5-14 32
Three-point goals: Asman, Green
Phil-Mont Christian 12 10 12 14—48
Springfield 3 8 14 4—32