On Saturday, February 22 the Abington Friends School Girls Varsity Basketball team defeated William Penn Charter 65-59 to win the 2020 PAISAA Tournament, making them PAISAA state champions for the first time in the school’s history.
“This tournament was all we had left,” said AFS head coach Jeff Bond in a media interview on Saturday. “Either we were going to try to do it, or we were going to roll over. I have a bunch of tough kids on this team and they said, ‘Let’s go try and win the first state championship in basketball in school history. Let’s put a banner up in our gym.’”
The Roos did just what they set out to do and played to win despite entering the tournament as the number 5 seed. First, they upset number 1 seed Germantown Academy 63-42 on Friday night, which took them to the final PAISAA championship game at Montgomery County Community College against Penn Charter.
The tri-captains of the team Paige Mott, Kendall Hodges and Jordan Smith are seniors who will be graduating this spring. Paige has decided to continue her academic and athletic career at Northwestern University and Kendall is headed to Montclair State University. On the monumental win, Paige said, “Jordan, Kendall and I have all wanted this and worked hard for this for four years and winning the State championship feels like accomplishing one of our long term goals.”
The Roos finish their season at 20-8 overall, the program’s fifth straight 20-win campaign. Read more on the championship game and the past, present and future of AFS Girls Basketball in this PA Prep Live article. Game statistics are as follows:
Abington Friends 65, Penn Charter 59
AFS (65) Ross-Barnes 26, Washington 19, Hodges 9, Mott 8, Camarou 3.