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Springside hoopsters uproot Little Flower

One of the new additions to the Springside basketball program, Michelle Boggs, hauls in a rebound in last Tuesday’s summer league contest. The 6’1” forward is a junior transfer from Cardinal Dougherty High School, which is closing permanently this month.

In the Lou Cappiella Summer Basketball League in Roxborough, Springside School opened its warm-weather season last Tuesday evening with a 38-8 victory over Little Flower High School. Rising junior Sydni Epps rang up 13 points on the night to lead the Lions, who got eight points apiece from sophomore Gianna Pownall and junior Michelle Boggs.

Boggs, a solid 6’1” forward, is one of three hoopsters transferring into Springside from Cardinal Dougherty High School, which saw its final graduating class depart on June 8. The other two former Cardinals are senior forward Brenna Coll and junior swing player Elana Roadcloud. Coll is also a first team All-Catholic soccer goalie.

Coll and Roadcloud did not play last Tuesday, but another new Springsider did. Julia Schumacher, a 5’2” point guard, comes to the Lions from Colonial Middle School and played for the successful CYO team at St. Philip Neri in Lafayette Hill. She contributed three points in the Little Flower game, and Springside received two points apiece from juniors Alexis Giovinazzo and Ashlee Hale and sophomore Alyssa Isackman.

Epps exploded to the hoop for three early baskets and Pownall added a pair in the opening minutes. After Hale drained two free throws and Giovinazzo scored in transition, Little Flower called time-out, down 14-0 with six-and-a-half minutes remaining in the first half.

When play resumed, the Sentinels couldn’t do much to slow Springside’s progress and still couldn’t find the hoop themselves. Schumacher stuck a baseline jumper and Isackman and Pownall drove for lay-ups, then Boggs scored twice off of rebounds to end the half with the count at 24-0.

After the Lions increased their advantage to 27-0 early in the second period, the Sentinels scored all of their points in a bunch; two three-pointers sandwiched around a lay-up. Little Flower would never get its total into double figures, though, as Springside clamped down and scored the final 11 points of the evening.



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