Phil-Mont Christian has experienced a lot of success thus far this season. The Falcons won the Bicentennial Athletic League Constitutional Conference regular season title before winning the Bicen post-season tournament and the District One Class A title.
Phil-Mont added another chapter to its great season as it added an opening round PIAA Class A playoff win to its resume by defeating Shenandoah Valley, 56-33, Saturday afternoon.
Phil-Mont could not have hand-picked a better opponent to face in the opening round. The forward dominant Falcons took advantage of the much smaller guard-oriented Blue Devils.
"We play Jenkintown four times and they have a couple good three-point shooters and there's penetration,' Phil-Mont coach Bill DeHeer said as he compared Shenandoah to a very familiar opponent.
The Phil-Mont defense gave up absolutely nothing inside as the Blue Devils did not make a two-point field goal until the fourth quarter and were forced into taking jump shots with nearly no close looks at the basket.
"It was great practice for us working through screens and communicating on defense,' DeHeer said. "It was key that [Kristina Nieddu] just never got on track because she can shoot. And a testament to us getting out and not being scared to get out.'
The Phil-Mont size was not just evident on defense, but on the offensive side as well as Jana Goodman and Keyen Green continued their assault on Class A as they combined for 37 points. Both Green and Goodman did a good job of finishing around the rim, while Goodman also stroked two three balls.
"[We] finished shots inside,' DeHeer said. "There have been some games where we've just not made the stuff inside. It's one thing to be big, but it's another thing to be big and make your stuff inside.'
Phil-Mont will now face 25-0 District 4 champion Millville, a 56-33 winner over Upper Dauphin, but at this point the opponent for the confident Falcons doesn't matter much as no matter what happens for the remainder of the season they will satisfied with their accomplishments.
"Just wondering how far they want to go,' DeHeer said of his only concern entering Saturday's contest. "We've had a very, very successful season. We won some championships, some tournaments and this is a place we haven't been before.'
"They love each other, they like hanging around with each other, so we're just going to keep playing. I'm going to go in there and say, ' you're ranked 11th or so in the state for a reason and you're playing that way,' so let's keep at it. But it's all icing on the cake at this point.'
Shenandoah Valley (33)—Nieddu 4 1-4 9; Dove 0 0-3 0; Buchanan 0 0-0 0; Creasy 3 0-0 9; Snitzer 4 0-0 12; Demalis 1 0-0 3; Jones 0 0-0 0 Najera 0 0-0 0; Totals: 12 1-7 33
Phil-Mont Christian (56)—Olinger 2 0-0 4; T. Goodman 5 0-0 11; S. Green 1 2-4 4; K. Green 7 3-7 17; J. Goodman 4 10-11 20; Tiplen 0 0-0 0; Chen 0 0-0 0; Kim 0 0-0 0; Dolton 0 0-0 0; Totals: 19 15-22 56
Three-point goals: Creasy 3, Snitzer 4, Demalis, T. Goodman, J. Goodman 2
Shenandoah Valley 6 10 6 11—33
Phil-Mont Christian 15 15 14 12—56