Basketball

Altoona downs SC for district title

TYRONE — Altoona senior Madison Shetrom burst into tears and repeated, “I’m so happy,” over and over again Friday night after receiving her District 6 Class 6A championship medal following the Lady Lions’ 54-42 win over State College. “In my sophomore year, having that medal in my ...

Lions not able to keep pace with State

TYRONE — Doug West knew his Altoona Area High School boys basketball team was going to have its hands full in the District 6 Class 6A boys championship game with State College as soon as the brackets came out. When he found out the morning of the game that starting two guard Max Crownover ...

High school basketball preview capsules

TODAY District 6 Girls Class 4A championship Teams: Bedford Lady Bisons (18-5); Forest Hills Lady Rangers (22-1). Site, time: Mount Aloysius College Athletic Convocation and Wellness Center, Cresson, 12:30 p.m. The coaches: Bedford — Mark Dillow (43-48 in four years at Bedford, 53-61 ...

Defense sparks Lady Mustangs

PORTAGE — Offense comes and goes, but the Portage Area High School girls basketball program always prides itself on the defensive end first and foremost. There was no better illustration of that than in the second and third quarters Friday night. Saltsburg only scored five points in a span ...

Experience pays dividends for Panthers

WINDBER — The Northern Beford girls basketball team used every ounce of its veteran leadership to knock off Windber, 63-49, Friday in the District 5 Class 2A semifinals. “We had more maturity on the floor,” Northern Bedford coach Todd Eckenroad said. “Not to take anything away from ...

Central’s Karstetter knocks out Tyrone

By Jamie Eichenlaub For the Mirror MARTINSBURG — Preston Karstetter is the lone non-senior starter for the Central boys’ high school basketball team. He showed plenty of junior leadership Thursday night. Karstetter found his offensive rhythm with a game-high 24 points and pulled down ...

Shaw key to Eagles moving on

By Pat Rothdeutsch For the Mirror TYRONE — Tyrone guard Sydney Shaw was a standout all night against Central Cambria, but she was especially good when her team needed her the most against the upset-minded Lady Red Devils. The 5-foot-8 sophomore scored a career-high 29 points overall in ...

BG now needs to see United

By Michael Boytim mboytim@altoonamirror.com Seconds after Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic wrapped up an 80-59 rout of Homer-Center at the Pleasant Valley Gymnasium in the District 6 2A quarterfinals Thursday, an announcement put a shocked look on Marauders coach Chris Drenning’s ...

Team effort rings true for Central

By Jon Fleck For the Mirror MARTINSBURG — Already leading by nine points at halftime in its District 6 3A girls quarterfinal game against Penns Valley, Central scored the first bucket of the third quarter and was on the verge of taking control of the contest. That’s when the game took ...

Snyder’s return pushes Lady Panthers past Tussey

SAXTON — Sydney Snyder was the best player on the court Wednesday night at Tussey Mountain High School. Unfortunately for Northern Bedford, she couldn’t stay there much as she dealt with foul trouble throughout the District 5 2A quarterfinal matchup against the Lady Titans. Without ...

Second-seeded Black Knights out in quarters

HOUTZDALE — Sizable remnants of the capacity crowd that packed intimate Monte Close Gymnasium 20 minutes earlier still mulled about. The remaining fans applauded their heroes as they emerged sporadically from the locker room. Hugs were given. Tears flowed. It wasn’t supposed to end like ...

Warriors knock out Lions with strong opening half

BEDFORD — The Everett Area High School boys basketball team spent the greater portion of the first quarter of its District 5-8 Class 3A semifinal playoff game with Chestnut Ridge Thursday putting a large down payment on a berth in Monday’s championship game. Second-seeded Everett broke ...

St. Clair hits mark but Portage ousted

JOHNSTOWN — Bishop McCort had too many weapons for Portage to handle in Thursday night’s District 6 Class 2A boys basketball quarterfinal contest as the Crimson Crushers led from start to finish and put an end to the Mustangs’ season with a 69-40 victory. The top-seeded Crimson Crushers ...

Johnstown knocks out Huntingdon in semifinals

HUNTINGDON — Johnstown came up with a game plan and executed it very well at Huntingdon in a District 6 4A semifinal contest Thursday. The defense shut down the 3-point shooting of the Bearcats, and Tavis Price scored 21 points to lead the Trojans to a 63-46 win. The Trojans (14-10) ...

Barhacs and Lady Pirates too much for Glendale

By Alex Church For the Mirror WILLIAMSBURG — Williamsburg’s Laura Barhacs did not attempt a shot in the first quarter. But it didn’t seem to matter. Why? Because her teammates built a six-point lead and then the 6-foot-0 senior took over. Barhacs connected on her first six shots ...

Two in 3rd dooms PC

By Rick Weaver For The Mirror RURAL VALLEY — Penn Cambria will have to play its way through the consolation round twice if it is to earn a spot in the PIAA 3AAA girls’ basketball tournament. The Lady Panthers managed to score only eight points in the second half on Thursday night and ...

Reffner part of Warriors’ quarters win

By Arthur Dowell For the Mirror MIFFLINTOWN — When Everett needed points Thursday, the go-to girl was Sydney Reffner. Reffner scored a game-high 25 points, and scored points for the Lady Warriors from all over the floor, leading Everett into the District 6 Class 3A girls basketball ...

BC dominates Harmony early

EBENSBURG — The Bishop Carroll girls wasted very little time in asserting themselves against eighth-seeded Harmony in the District 6 Class 1A quarterfinals. From the opening tip, the top-seeded Lady Huskies overwhelmed the Lady Owls and cruised to a 61-23 victory on Thursday night. BC ...

Shooting, pressure spark Lady Hornets

ALEXANDRIA — Juniata Valley’s Halee Smith set the tone from the start. The 5-foot-10 freshman guard nailed a shot from 3-point range to open an 11-0 run to start the game for the Lady Hornets where teammates Sydney Reed and Hayden Taylor hit shots from beyond the arc within minutes of ...

Benzel hits milestone in easy victory

By Jon Fleck For the Mirror Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic’s Lili Benzel entered Wednesday’s District 6 3A quarterfinal matchup against Southern Huntingdon needing just seven points to reach 2,000 points for her career. It took the senior guard a little more than a quarter to reach the ...