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Girls' basketball:

CB South falls a tad short in district final

Souderton prevails in 3 OTs

DAVID CAMPBELL

Souderton and Central Bucks South have now met four times this season.

If the Indians and Titans want to meet for a fifth time, The Giant Center in Hershey is already booked on Friday, March 23, at 6 p.m.

“If you tell me we’re going to play Souderton one more time, I’m a really happy camper because we’re playing in the state final,” CB South head coach Beth Mattern said. “And you know it’s going to be a phenomenal game.”

Round No. 4 between the Suburban One League (SOL) Continental Conference heavyweights went to the Indians, who managed to hold off Mattern’s Titans, 52-48, in three overtimes in Saturday afternoon’s District One Class AAAAAA final at Temple University’s revered Liacouras Center.

“I’d say as a team it was definitely one of our best games, along with the other game where we beat them (40-25 on Dec. 19),” senior Haley Meinel said.

Souderton has won the last three meetings, though Saturday’s affair could have easily gone the other way.

Both teams needed heroics to extend the game. CB South, for instance, needed junior Alexa Brodie’s two three-pointers from the Ben Franklin Bridge late in regulation to force overtime.

“Alexa was unreal,” Mattern said. “The last minute of regulation, she absolutely put us on her back and just willed us into overtime. They were unbelievable shots, not ones that you draw up that you take, but she was money. That’s really clutch.”

“I just knew I had to get them up there,” said Brodie, who led all scorers with 23 points, doing her best Steph Curry impersonation, “and fortunately they went in.”

It became a war of attrition. Three Titan starters landed on the bench with five fouls in the 44-minute showdown between the district’s top seeds. The extra floor time gave players like CB South freshman Caroline McSorley an opportunity to knot the contest at 44 late in the second OT on a drive to the hole.

“We battled, from the first person to the last person, most minutes to the least amount of minutes,” Mattern said. “Every single person battled on that team and as a coach, that’s all I can ask of them. And hopefully things will fall into place.

“We left everything on the court and it didn’t go our way,” Mattern added, “so we have to regroup. We have a couple of practices here and we’ll start the state tournament on Friday and we’ll be ready to give that our best, for sure.”

“Yeah, we didn’t come out with the win, but it definitely showed us that we have the toughness and the skill and the drive to go as far as we want in the state tournament,” said Brodie, whose Titans get things started in states with District Three fifth-place Cedar Cliff at 6 p.m. at Council Rock South.

Meinel pocketed 11 points against Souderton. Kate Connolly dropped in 18 for the Indians, including a trey late in the first OT that tied it at 39. Alana Cardona and Tori Dowd chipped in 13 and 12 points, respectively.

“Not many people get to say that they went to the district championship and played at Temple University,” Brodie said. “It was a really cool experience for this team. And I think we deserved it. We’ve been working hard all season; we’ve had a great season. We’re not done yet, but it was a really good experience for this team.”

The Titans are 24-4 overall. They’re 23-1 against everybody not named Souderton.

“We’re just going to keep practicing hard,” Meinel said before practice on Monday evening, “and hopefully get even further [in states than we did last year] and maybe even meet Souderton one more time.”

dcampbell@buckscountyherald.com

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