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Wyomissing tops Gov. Mifflin to advance to second straight Berks girls basketball final

Feb. 14—For the third time in four years, Wyomissing will play for a county title.

The defending Berks Girls Basketball League champions will have a chance to go back-to-back, as the No. 2 seed Spartans defeated No. 3 seed Gov. Mifflin 50-42 in a county semifinal on Wednesday at Santander Arena.

"(There was) a lot of sacrifice to get to where we are right now," Wyomissing coach Aaron Anders said. "I just hope that everybody that has their hands in or had their hands in Wyomissing girls basketball, that they're looking at this and they're being really proud of what this team is doing right now."

Undefeated Wyomissing (24-0) will take on top-seeded Wilson (23-1) in the Berks championship game on Friday at 6 p.m. at Santander Arena. The Bulldogs defeated No. 4 seed Berks Catholic 41-24 in the other semifinal on Wednesday.

"It is an amazing feeling," Spartans sophomore Amaya Stewart said. "I'm super proud of every single one of my teammates and how we stuck together and got back to this point, especially undefeated."

Stewart came up big for Wyomissing on Wednesday, scoring 22 points. The forward hit her stride in the second half, scoring 18 points in the final 16 minutes.

"My teammates, they're just all my energy," Stewart said. "I look up to them and they look up to me. We have trust in each other."

Both teams got off to a slow start on the offensive end, with neither side taking control early. The game was tied 9-9 after one quarter.

Leaning on their defense, the Spartans began the second quarter on a 7-0 run to start to pull ahead. Wyomissing led 21-14 at the half.

"You got to mark the shooters, and that's what we were able to do," Anders said about his team's defense. "That's the whole objective."

Spartans senior Annie McCaffrey scored six points in the second quarter. She finished with 14.

"She just does the little things," Anders said about McCaffrey. "She just competes. She's finishing, too, right now."

The Spartans carried that momentum into the second half, as they started the third quarter on a 12-2 run to put the game away. Wyomissing led 36-22 after three quarters.

"We did what we needed to do as far as creating our inside presence," Anders said. "I think that ultimately is what wore them down."

The Mustangs (15-9) showed some life late in the fourth quarter, as senior Taylor Koenig hit back-to-back 3-pointers with under a minute to go to cut the Spartans' lead to 48-42. However, it was too little, too late for Gov. Mifflin.

Koenig led the Mustangs with 17 points. Freshman Isabella Super had 16 points.

"They didn't quit," Gov. Mifflin coach Mike Clark said about his team. "They did very well."

Wyomissing scored the final two points of the game to secure the win — its fifth straight county playoff victory. The Spartans have won their last nine games by eight points or more.

"If we play our game, we're hard to beat," Anders said. "Whether it's one team or the other team, we do us."