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Wyomissing tops Carver Engineering and Science in PIAA Class 4A girls basketball first-round game

Playing in its final home game of the season on Saturday, undefeated Wyomissing gave the fans that packed its gymnasium a lot to cheer about.

The Spartans dominated from the start to defeat Carver Engineering & Science 43-22 in the opening round of the PIAA Class 4A girls basketball playoffs.

“It speaks volumes to what Wyomissing is,” Spartans coach Aaron Anders said. “These kids are just demonstrating and showing why they’re so special.”

The reigning two-time Berks and District 3 Class 4A champions, the Spartans (29-0) will continue their state playoff run at neutral sites. Wyomissing went 10-0 at home in the regular season and picked up its fourth and final home victory of the postseason on Saturday.

“It’s just incredible to be able to be here with all our peers, our amazing community and just this crazy atmosphere,” junior Audrey Hurleman said. “It just really means a lot to be home with my teammates.”

Wyomissing's Amaya Stewart greets young fans following the victory over Carver Engineering and Science in a PIAA Class 4A playoff game on Saturday at Wyomissing. (BILL UHRICH - READING EAGLE)
Wyomissing’s Amaya Stewart greets young fans following the victory over Carver Engineering and Science in a PIAA Class 4A playoff game on Saturday at Wyomissing. (BILL UHRICH – READING EAGLE)

The Spartans will play Neumann-Goretti (19-6), the third-place team from District 12, in the second round on Wednesday at a time and location to be announced. The game is a rematch of last year’s PIAA Class 4A second round, which Wyomissing won 40-33.

“I feel great,” Anders said. “We needed to take care of what we needed to today in order to continue with our goal.”

Behind their aggressive defense, the Spartans disrupted the Engineers (8-11), the fifth-place team from District 12, from the start. Scoring points off turnovers, Wyomissing opened the game on a 31-6 run that lasted the entire first half before cruising to the win.

“They set the tone right from the start and by doing that, you jump out to the lead that we had,” Anders said about his team’s defense. “That’s what you want to do. You always want to establish that control, you always want to establish that presence.”

On the offensive end, junior and two-time Berks Player of the Year Amaya Stewart led the Spartans with 14 points. Senior Annie McCaffrey finished with nine points.

“We communicated a lot today,” Stewart said. “We were together all the way through.”

Wyomissing's Amaya Stewart drives for a layup against Carver Engineering and Science in a PIAA Class 4A victory on Saturday at Wyomissing. (BILL UHRICH - READING EAGLE)
Wyomissing’s Amaya Stewart drives for a layup against Carver Engineering and Science in a PIAA Class 4A victory on Saturday at Wyomissing. (BILL UHRICH – READING EAGLE)

Even though Wyomissing is a team that relies heavily on points in the paint, the Spartans converted four 3-pointers on Saturday, the most they have made in a game this postseason. Freshman Karly Hyde made two, while freshman Addison Loeb and junior Alexis Hardy each made one.

“They’re getting better and you’re seeing it now,” Anders said. “This is the next step. In order for us to do what we need to do, we’ve got to have those outside shots.”

Wyomissing's Alexis Hardy hist a corner 3-pointer against Carver Engineering and Sciences in a PIAA Class 4A victory on Saturday at Wyomissing. (BILL UHRICH - READING EAGLE)
Wyomissing’s Alexis Hardy hits a corner 3-pointer against Carver Engineering and Science in a PIAA Class 4A victory on Saturday at Wyomissing. (BILL UHRICH – READING EAGLE)

Whether they’re shooting from beyond the arc or the low post, the Spartans remain grounded as they advance in the postseason.

“We stay humble always,” Stewart said. “Our celebration may look big, but in our hearts we know that we have a job to get done.”


Source: Berkshire mont

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