Girl’s Basketball – In need of a big basket, Springfield simply asks Alexa

Springfield’s Alexa Abbonizio scored 18 points in a 40-32 win over Harriton Monday. (DFM file)

By Matthew DeGeorge

Alexa Abbonizio putting up big numbers on the basketball court isn’t new around Springfield. But the Cougars’ perennial pursuit of Central League and District 1 titles is often chronicled in terms of veteran leadership.

Once, Abbonizio was the underclassmen counterpoint to those leaders. Now as a junior, she’s on the other side of the age divide, and she’s providing the clutch plays to prove it.

Abbonizio scored a game-high 18 points, including all eight of the Cougars’ points in the fourth quarter, as the top seed held off No. 6 Harriton, 40-32, in the Central League semifinal Monday at Strath Haven.

Springfield (19-4) advances to Tuesday’s final at Harriton, where it takes on No. 2 Ridley.

Abbonizio supplied the only offense Springfield needed in the fourth, with two baskets and a perfect 4-for-4 from the free-throw line.

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