PIAA basketball preview capsule




Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic (6-1) vs. Clarion (9-1)

Teams: Clarion Lady Bobcats (25-3); Bishop Guilfoyle Lady Marauders (26-2)

Site, time: Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1 p.m.

The coaches: Clarion – Roger Walter (167-95 in nine years). Bishop Guilfoyle – Mark Moschella (502-129 in 21 years).

Playoff path: Clarion – defeated Cameron County, 64-38, in the District 9 quarterfinals; defeated Johnsonburg, 58-48, in the District 9 semifinals; defeated Port Allegany, 56-41, in the District 9 championship; defeated Winchester Thurston, 56-30, in the PIAA first round; defeated Conemaugh Township, 61-59, in the PIAA second round. 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.

Starting lineups: Clarion – F Ashley Hummell (22, 5-10 sr., 11.4), G Maci Thornton (24, 5-4 so., 12.8), F Kyla Miles (14, 5-10 jr., 11.5), F Hannah Wolf (44, 5-10 sr., 5.6), F Mercy Kroh (33, 5-9 jr., 7.2). Bishop Guilfoyle – G Kayla Bates (12, 5-8 sr., 10.4), G Brittany Boslet (22, 5-8 sr., 6.5), G-F Halee Adams (44, 5-8 sr., 16.3), F Devin Stessney (24, 5-9 sr., 8.6), F Elyssa Ehredt (5, 5-7 sr., 7.1).

Key reserves: Clarion – G Grace Kroh (10, 5-6 sr., 3.4), F Audrey Hummell (12, 5-9 sr., 1.2), G Laken Ganoe (11, 5-9 jr., 2.0). Bishop Guilfoyle – F Kristen Miller (35, 5-9 sr., 3.7), G Alexis Craig (4, 5-4 sr., 2.7).

Who they get: The winner plays the winner of the game between Vincentian (7-1) and Kennedy Catholic (10-1) on Tuesday at a site to be announced.

Notable: Guilfoyle is making a return to the quarterfinals after a one-year absence. The Lady Marauders were knocked out in the second round last season, ending a run of five years in a row they reached at least the third round. … The Lady Marauders have advanced in 14 of their previous 22 third-round games. This is the deepest Clarion has made it since 1992, when the Lady Bobcats lost to Lebanon Catholic in the PIAA Class A championship game. … Clarion was bounced from states in the second round last year as the District 9 runner-up. Three of the Lady Bobcats’ top four scorers on that team were underclassmen. Bates is the reigning Altoona Mirror player of the year, but her 18 points against Serra last game was a season-high. Guilfoyle has made 278 free throws this season. BG opponents have attempted 199. … The Lady Bobcats are on an 11-game winning streak. Clarion won the PIAA Class A volleyball championship in the fall.

– Philip Cmor