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PIAA hoops preview capsule

March 19, 2013
The Altoona Mirror

TONIGHT

GIRLS

CLASS A

Vincentian Academy (7-1) vs.

Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic (6-1)

Teams: Bishop Guilfoyle Lady Marauders (27-2); Vincentian Lady Royals (28-1)

Site, time: Indiana Area High School, 7 p.m.

The coaches: Bishop Guilfoyle - Mark Moschella (503-129 in 21 years). Vincentian - Ron Moncrief (146-47 in seven years).

Playoff path: Bishop Guilfoyle - defeated United, 53-27, in the District 6 quarterfinals; defeated Penns Manor, 53-17, in the District 6 semifinals; defeated Portage, 61-36, in the District 6 championship; defeated Johnsonburg, 47-26, in the PIAA first round; defeated Serra Catholic, 62-50, in the PIAA second round; defeated Clarion, 45-35, in the PIAA quarterfinals. Vincentian - defeated West Greene, 59-15, in the District 7 second round; defeated Winchester Thurston, 76-59, in the District 7 quarterfinals; defeated Quigley Catholic, 57-38, in the District 7 semifinals; defeated Serra Catholic, 53-46, in the District 7 championship; defeated Keystone, 58-31, in the PIAA first round; defeated Berlin Brothersvalley, 44-42, in the PIAA second round; defeated Kennedy Catholic, 68-51, in the PIAA quarterfinals.

Starting lineups: Bishop Guilfoyle - G Kayla Bates (12, 5-8 sr., 10.3), G Brittany Boslet (22, 5-8 sr., 6.5), G-F Halee Adams (44, 5-8 sr., 16.1), F Devin Stessney (24, 5-9 sr., 8.9), F Elyssa Ehredt (5, 5-7 sr., 6.9). Vincentian - G Abbey Bartoszewicz (15, 5-6 sr., 7.2), G Kayla Key (14, 5-6 jr., 6.7), G Torrieonna Cash (4, 5-7 fr., 4.9), F Ally Bartoszewicz (12, 5-11 jr., 4.5), F Brenna Wise (50, 6-1 so., 22.0).

Key reserves: Bishop Guilfoyle - F Kristen Miller (35, 5-9 sr., 3.6), G Alexis Craig (4, 5-4 sr., 2.6). G Alyssa McGhee (14, 5-5 fr., 0.7). Vincentian - G Amanda Bigi (10, 5-8 jr., 1.8), G Maia Joiner (23, 5-5 fr., 5.3), F Kiersten Elliott (25, 5-10 fr., 4.7), F Sarah Marusic (35, 5-9 so., 4.6), G Julia Galbraith (40, 5-7 so., 2.0), F Danielle Melvin (34, 5-11 sr., 2.2).

Who they get: The winner plays the winner of the game between Tri-Valley (11-1) and Southern Fulton (5-2) for the PIAA championship on Saturday at noon at the Giant Center in Hershey.

Notable: This is a rematch of the 2010 Class A semifinal game in which Guilfoyle prevailed, 58-45, on its way to winning the state championship. Adams and Ehredt both started in that game as freshmen. ... Lady Marauders are 12-2 in this round of the state playoffs. They've won all four state semifinals in which they've played since 2007. ... Vincentian is in the semifinals for the second year in a row and the third time in five years but has yet to advance to the finals in Class A. The Lady Royals reached the Class AA finals in 2001 and 2002. ... The only teams to whom either Guilfoyle or Vincentian have lost this year are from Class AAAA. The Lady Royals' only setback came against Gateway. Boslet is expected to start although her nose was broken in the Clarion game. ... Wise surpassed the 1,000-point mark for her career in this year's playoffs. She's also averaging 11.5 rebounds. ... Stessney's 17 points against Clarion were a season-high. She previously scored 15 three times. ... Ehredt averages 2.4 offensive rebounds per game.

- Philip Cmor

 
 

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