Unionville girls knock off Great Valley, 48-37

Indians’ defense helps post big win, creates log-jam in battle for conference title

Unionville's defense gets ready to defend an inbounds pass against Great Valley, Thursday night. Photo courtesy Unionville girls' basketaball.

EAST MARLBOROUGH — The Unionville High School girls basketball team had a little something to prove Thursday night.

After being roughed up in the season opener by Great Valley back in December, the Indians wanted to send a message to their division leading rivals: not so fast. Playing furious defense, the Indians knocked off the Patriots,48-37,  handing them their first conference loss of the season and creating a log-jam at the top of the Ches-Mont American Division.

The Indians wanted to set the tone early and they did: they held Great Valley to just six points in each of the first two quarters, grabbing a 23-12 lead at the half.

The smothering defense continued as the team took a commanding 39-22 lead heading into the fourth quarter.  Freshman Alison Lewis, continuing her breakout season, led the scoring with 15 points. Sydney Hughes contributed 10 points and shot 6-of-6 from the foul line.  Susie Pancoast had 8 points and 10 rebounds.  Sophomore Emily Winn came of the bench and scored 7 points and helped the defensive effort.  Kelsey McDonald held Great Valley’s leading scorer — Danielle Strang — to 7 points and helped break the full-court pressure used by the Patriots all night.

With the win, the Indians improved their record to 8-5 overall and 4-2 in league play in the victory while snapping Great Valley’s four-game league winning streak.  The Indians head to Garnet Valley on Saturday night for a non league contest at 7:30pm.

Ches-Mont American Division Standings

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