Remembering the 2015-2016 Girls Basketball District Champs

The 2015-2016 PV Girls Basketball team was the first team in school history to win Districts. The team was filled with talents such as leading scorers KT Armstrong with 499 points and Meg Jonassen with 423 points that year.

The historic team had two leaders, point guard KT Armstrong and forward Haley Streeper. While those two were the main leaders, they all were willing to step up when they needed to. 

“We were all leaders when we had to be. That was the beauty of our team and that’s why we were such a strong force. We were inseparable on and off the court and picked each other up when we had to,” Tori Walter said. 

The team’s record-setting run included a 28-3 record, a Pioneer Athletic Conference championship, and of course a District I championship. They finished top ten in all of Pennsylvania, sixth in the Philadelphia area, and top five in the Pennsylvania AAAA division. The girls team started out on fire and beat perennial powerhouse, North Penn, by a score of 69-50. While they ended up falling by three points to North Penn to end their season, this game was a tone-setter for the rest of the season. 

The team had many memorable moments from the season, such as a police escort back to the school after their District championship win.

“My favorite memory from my time at PV was definitely beating Downingtown East in the District 1-AAAA championship game at Temple’s Liacouras Center… I remember after we won the game and made it back to Collegeville, our bus was escorted by police cars and we were treated like celebrities at school which was pretty cool,” Jonassen said.

However, the girls had to face reality many times such as when they had their long playoff run after they had won the PAC championship. There was one tough moment from the season that was shared between the girls, besides the season-ending loss to North Penn. 

“After the PAC win. It was hard to balance being so happy and feeling accomplished but realizing there was more to do and we had to keep working,” said McKenna Kohler. 

As with many high school sports programs, some particular players and coaches leave an influence on the program for the girls basketball team; on this team it was Perkiomen Valley 2015 graduate, Katie Leahy. 

“I really looked up [to] my upperclassman teammates when I played sports. Especially my best friend Katie Leahy. She graduated in 2015, but left a huge impact on the PVGB program,” said Streeper.

The girls basketball program wouldn’t have accomplished so much without some help. After their extraordinary run, they want to give the current girls team some advice. 

“Cherish every single moment. It’s truthfully not about the scoreboard at the end of the game or the banners hanging in the gym. It’s about dancing during warm-ups, braiding each other’s hair, and singing the same song every single bus ride,” Nicole Marino said.

“The memories I made with my teammates are memories that I will always cherish. PVGB has given me life long friends and countless happy memories from bus rides to games or trips to Applebees after games,” Armstrong said. 

“There is so much more to life than basketball and a lot of my favorite memories from high school are those that are off the court. The friendships that you make on the team are great ones and those are what you should really cherish,” Taylor Hamm said. 

The current girls basketball team is having quite a season so far that looks similar to the one that the 2015-2016 girls basketball team had. Right now the girls basketball team is 13-3 and is being led by senior Jennifer Beattie, senior Emma Miley, freshman Grace Miley, and freshman Quinn Boettinger. The girls basketball team takes on Lower Moreland away tonight at 5pm.