Girl’s Basketball – King’s energy has Ridley in league final

RIdley’s Dakota McCaughan, right, dribbles between her legs to keep Haverford’s Emma Rowland off balance in the fourth quarter. (Pete Bannan/MediaNews Group)

By Matt Smith

Dakota McCaughan had a few words of encouragement for teammate Amirah King at halftime of Ridley’s Central League semifinal against Haverford High.

“I went to Amirah and I said, ‘Turn me up,’” said McCaughan, the Green Raiders’ electrifying senior point guard. “I felt like my shot wasn’t falling, so I knew that if I got them the ball, they were going to finish.”

In this case, McCaughan was referencing King and Madison Chapman, each of whom played a critical role coming off the bench in the Green Raiders’ 34-23 triumph.

No. 2 Ridley advances to the Central League final to play top-seeded Springfield Tuesday, 6 p.m. at Harriton High.

It’s hard to imagine the Green Raiders having the opportunity to play for their first Central League title in more than a decade without the contributions of King and Chapman, who were excellent in the second half.

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