Basketball

Mtn. Lions throttle Bearcats

It was a tale of two quarters for the Altoona Mountain Lions Monday night. Altoona came out of the locker room strong before both the first and third quarters, and rode dominant play in those two periods to a 74-42 high school boys basketball rout of Huntingdon at the Altoona Area High School ...

Female Athlete of Week: Cannistraci a big key for Tyrone

Name: Alexis Cannistraci School: Tyrone Age: 17 Grade: Senior Sport: Girls basketball Athlete of the week achievement: Cannistraci scored 13 points in a 66-35 win over Ligonier Valley, scored 25 points in an 81-46 win over Philipsburg-Osceola in which she hit six 3-pointers, and had ...

B-A coming together as season moves on

By Michael Boytim mboytim@altoonamirror.com CLAYSBURG - The Bellwood-Antis high school girls basketball team demonstrated why it could be in line for a long run in the PIAA Class 2A playoffs with an 80-42 thrashing of Claysburg-Kimmel Monday night. But plenty of obstacles, both in the ...

Valley hurt at foul line in setback

SPRING MILLS — The Juniata Valley boys basketball team converted on just 8-of-19 free throws and fell to Penns Valley in overtime, 52-49, Monday night in high school action. Quinn Zinobile led Valley with 15 points, Cameron Collins scored 13, and Jared Pilch added 12. JUNIATA VALLEY (49): ...

Bishop Carroll puts Somerset away early in win

SOMERSET — Bishop Carroll broke out to a 37-10 halftime advantage and cruised past Somerset, 52-23, Monday night in high school girls basketball action. Alyssa Martinazzi led Carroll, up 20-5 after one quarter, with 16 points, and Anna Haigh scored 11. BISHOP CARROLL (52): Borlie 2 0-0 4, ...

Altoona White picks up 10th win of the year

The Altoona White freshmen boys basketball team improved to 10-4 Monday, thanks to a 47-19 win over Huntingdon in freshmen boys basketball at the Altoona Area Junior High Fieldhouse. The winners got 15 points from P.J. Charles. Huntingdon got nine points from Nathan Via. HUNTINGDON (19): ...

Big difference: Hungary native Barhacs helping Williamsburg

WILLIAMSBURG — One of the most fun things about getting to know Laura Barhacs is listening to her speak. “She went to say ‘ego’ one time,” Kassidy McChessney recalled. “She said ‘Eggo.’” It’s understandable. Hungarian is an unusual tongue even by European standards, and ...

Juniata, Saltsburg remain unbeaten

The number of the region’s undefeated scholastic basketball squads was cut in half on area courts last week, as the Moshannon Valley boys fell at home to Bellwood-Antis on Friday, one night after Bishop Guilfoyle handed the Forest Hills girls their first defeat at the Pleasant Valley ...

Tussey too much

By Ryan Spring For the Mirror SAXTON — Andrew Bithell, who is getting healthy at the right time, bookended a stellar two games in two nights’ effort by leading Tussey Mountain to an 82-60 victory over Bedford County rival Chestnut Ridge on Saturday. The 6-foot-6 senior scored 25 ...

Altoona storms back for OT win

Altoona overcame a dreadful second quarter and protected its home court in a 63-56 overtime victory against Gateway Saturday. “It really hit me at halftime when I saw we got outscored, 20-4, in the second quarter,” Altoona coach Doug West said. “I challenged them. I said, ‘you have to ...

Lady Crushers trim Hollidaysburg

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Hollidaysburg limited Saint Francis recruit Haley Thomas to just four baskets and 18 points, but fell to the Lady Crushers, 55-39, in high school girls basketball Saturday. McKenna Hurd led the Lady Tigers with 12 points. BISHOP McCORT (55): Thomas 4 9-10 18, Gibbons 0 2-2 ...

Lady Lions come up just short

Moral victories usually aren’t very gratifying, but count Friday night’s game as the exception for the Altoona Area High School Lady Lions. Once-beaten WPIAL powerhouse North Allegheny, ranked second among Class 6A girls basketball teams in the state, invaded the Altoona Area High School ...

Central gets its revenge vs. Tyrone

TYRONE — The Central and Tyrone boys basketball teams are 1-2 in District 6 Class 4A and, after a pair of regular-season barnburners, it wouldn’t be surprising if they collide again in postseason play. They met Dec. 16 in Martinsburg, and Tyrone notched a 60-58 win in overtime. The Golden ...

Devils knock Mo Valley from the unbeaten ranks

HOUTZDALE — Bellwood-Antis jumped out to a 22-11 lead after the first quarter and ended up knocking Moshannon Valley from the unbeaten ranks with a 68-65 victory in high school boys basketball on Friday. Trent Walker, who connected on six 3-pointers, led the Blue Devils with 23 points, and ...

Everett takes SHL showdown with Ridge

EVERETT — In the third quarter, Everett appeared to be on the verge of blowing a close game with Chestnut Ridge completely wide open by racing out to a 13-point lead. The Lions scrapped and clawed their way back with timely stops and key baskets. However, no matter how close they got to ...

Tyrone does the right things down the stretch

By Alex Church For the Mirror MARTINSBURG — The Tyrone girls basketball team survived multiple Central runs to outlast the Dragons, 49-39, Friday night in high school action. “We did what we needed to do to get the job done,” Tyrone coach Lucas Rhoades said.  “That shows a lot of ...

Northern’s Snyder helps top Bulldogs

LOYSBURG — Sydney Snyder netted five 3-pointers and finished with 24 points for Northern Bedford as it defeated Claysburg-Kimmel, 64-59, in high school girls basketball on Friday. Emma Eckenroad added 16 points for Northern, while Claysburg’s Emily Claar led all scorers with 26 ...

Davis’ layup lifts B-A

HOUTZDALE — Dalton Davis made the go-ahead, game-winning layup with 6.5 seconds remaining to lift Bellwood-Antis over Moshannon Valley, 34-33, in freshmen boys basketball on Friday. Zach Mallon led Bellwood with 13 points. Alex Capitos scored 14 for Mo Valley. BELLWOOD-ANTIS (34): S. ...

BG deals Rangers first loss

Anna Audley isn’t the biggest post player in the area. Few, however, are more effective around the basket than the Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic senior. Audley says she is 5-9 or 5-10, which may be a stretch, but she played bigger than that Thursday, pumping in 17 points and grabbing 21 ...

Latrobe pounds Mountain Lions

After a tight first quarter, the Altoona boys basketball team failed to keep up with an up-tempo Latrobe squad and fell, 81-51, at home Thursday night. “Those guys are conditioned to play at that pace, which is somewhere that we want to be,” Altoona coach Doug West said. “But as I could ...