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Wyomissing tops Delone Catholic, wins second straight District 3 Class 4A girls basketball title

HERSHEY — Wyomissing arrived at Giant Center on Thursday as the defending District 3 Class 4A girls basketball champion after winning its first title in program history last year.

By the time they left on Thursday night, the Spartans had turned the exception into the norm.

Behind a strong second half, second-seeded and unbeaten Wyomissing defeated top-seeded Delone Catholic 45-32 to capture its second straight district championship.

“It’s more than special,” Spartans coach Aaron Anders said. “It’s absolutely amazing and surreal.”

The championship game victory is Wyomissing’s fourth in the past two years and second over the Squirettes. The Spartans (28-0) beat Wilson to win the Berks title on Feb. 16, which was also their second consecutive.

“It’s just amazing to do it with the same people,” junior Audrey Hurleman said about repeating as champions. “Two weeks ago we did it in counties and then doing it in districts again, defeating the same team, is just incredible.”

The Wyomissing Spartans are District 3 Class 4A champions. (BILL UHRICH - READING EAGLE)
The Wyomissing Spartans are the District 3 Class 4A champions. (BILL UHRICH – READING EAGLE)

Wyomissing took the lead in the first quarter and remained ahead for the remainder of the game. Junior Amaya Stewart made her presence known early, scoring six points and dominating on the glass to help the Spartans take a 13-8 lead after eight minutes of play.

“She has unbelievable hands,” Anders said about Stewart. “Her game and her skills, they just continue to grow every single game, every single day at practice.”

The reigning two-time Berks Player of the Year, Stewart finished with 14 points and 19 rebounds. The center had 12 rebounds in the first half and finished the game 4-for-4 from the foul line.

“It was a little bit more of an expectation, just like winning the county final,” Stewart said about the victory. “A lot of people were rooting for us, a lot of people were expecting us to get back to this point.”

Wyomissing's Amaya Stewart drives inside against Delone Catholic in the Spartans' District 3 Class 4A final victory Thursday at the Giant Center. (BILL UHRICH - READING EAGLE)
Wyomissing’s Amaya Stewart drives inside against Delone Catholic in the Spartans’ District 3 Class 4A final victory Thursday at Giant Center. (BILL UHRICH – READING EAGLE)

Wyomissing went on a 7-0 run midway through the second quarter and led 22-13 at the half. The Spartans had 19 rebounds in the first half, while Delone Catholic (22-3) had just four.

“Not letting them get any second shots or any second turns, it’s huge,” Stewart said. “We did our part on that end.”

Wyomissing remained in command during the third quarter and led 33-19 heading into the fourth. Hurleman had four points in the third and finished with 10, marking her second straight game in double figures.

While she made a big impact on the offensive end, is was Hurleman’s defensive leadership that prevented the Squirettes from getting back into the game.

“She just gets out there (and) gives it her all,” Anders said about Hurleman. “I’ve never had a kid that has played every single day with the effort that she gives day in and day out. I’ve been coaching now 21 years.”

Wyomissing's Audrey Hurleman (left) and Kacey Maggs (right) create a turnover against Delone Catholic in the Spartans' District 3 Class 4A final victory Thursday at the Giant Center. (BILL UHRICH - READING EAGLE)
Wyomissing’s Audrey Hurleman (left) and Kacey Maggs (right) create a turnover against Delone Catholic in the Spartans’ District 3 Class 4A final victory Thursday at Giant Center. (BILL UHRICH – READING EAGLE)

Delone Catholic scored 13 points in the fourth quarter but it was too little, too late, as Wyomissing cruised to the win. Junior Megan Jacoby led the Squirettes with 10 points.

“We stuck with the game plan that we had, which was guarding their shooters, making sure that they were limiting them to one shot,” Anders said. “They were going to get a shot off because they’re a good team.”

After tearing through the county and district playoffs, the Spartans now head into the state playoffs, which begin March 9, riding a wave of momentum.

“Every day is just as important as the next,” Anders said. “They demonstrate that and that’s why they’re playing their best basketball right now.”

Wyomissing celebrates against Delone Catholic in the Spartans' District 3 Class 4A final victory Thursday at the Giant Center. (BILL UHRICH - READING EAGLE)
Wyomissing celebrates against Delone Catholic in the Spartans’ District 3 Class 4A final victory Thursday at Giant Center. (BILL UHRICH – READING EAGLE)


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