PIAA hoops preview capsule
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
PIAA hoops preview capsule
Bishop Carroll Catholic (6-2)
vs. Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter (7-4)
Teams: Bishop Carroll Huskies (23-5); Lincoln Park Leopards (21-6)
Site, time: Hempfield Area High School, Greensburg, 7 p.m.
The coaches: Lincoln Park – Mark Javens (82-29 in five years at Lincoln Park, 170-76 in 10 years overall). Bishop Carroll – Cosie Aliquo (92-68 in six years).
Playoff path: Lincoln Park – defeated Mapletown, 95-37, in the District 7 second round; defeated Wilkinsburg, 99-58, in the District 7 quarterfinals; lost to Clairton, 71-70, in the District 7 semifinals; defeated Kennedy Catholic, 54-45, in the PIAA first round; defeated Ridgway, 51-34, in the PIAA second round. Bishop Carroll – defeated Glendale, 78-42, in the District 6 quarterfinals; defeated Juniata Valley, 62-21, in the District 6 semifinals; lost to Bishop Guilfoyle, 42-39, in the District 6 championship; defeated Shanksville-Stonycreek, 58-32, in the PIAA first round; defeated Vincentian, 92-85, in the PIAA second round.
Starting lineups: Lincoln Park – G Antonio Kellem (0, 5-11 so., 11.5), G John Tomassetti (1, 5-11 sr., 5.0), G Maverick Rowan (24, 6-5 fr., 23.5), G-F Ryan Skovranko (2, 6-4 jr., 10.5), C Elijah Minnie (5, 6-9 jr., 19.5). Bishop Carroll – G David Maruca (4, 5-10 jr., 5.0) G Mitchell Madonna (24, 5-9 jr., 3.5), G Brandon Martinazzi (23, 5-10 so., 17.4), F Scott Ranck (22, 6-2 sr., 14.5), F Marcus Lee (12, 6-5 jr., 12.7).
Key reserves: Lincoln Park – F Jaylin Cottrill (32, 6-5 sr., 5.9). Bishop Carroll – F Nik Suckinos (15, 6-0 so., 5.0), G Scott Lucas (11, 5-10 so., 1.6), F Nick Burk (42, 6-4 jr., 1.2).
Who they get: The winner plays the winner of the game between Smethport (9-4) and Johnsonburg (9-1) on Tuesday at a site to be announced.
Notable: This is the third time in Bishop Carroll history that the Huskies have advanced this far in the state tournament. Carroll is 2-0 in this round of the PIAA playoffs. Lincoln Park is the two-time defending PIAA runner-up after being knocked out in the semifinals in 2010. Lee and Ranck raised their scoring averages by 0.8 and 0.5, respectively, in combining for 60 points in the win against Vincentian. Already attracting Division I college attention, Rowan is the son of former Notre Dame and St. John’s player Ron Rowan. Lincoln Park is located in Midland, from where St. Francis and NBA great Norm Van Lier hailed and whose high school won five state titles before shutting down. A Monessen and Summit Academy transfer, Minnie had the verdicts in two eligibility hearings reversed to begin playing for the Leopards in midseason. Javens won a national championship at Community College of Beaver County before taking over at Lincoln Park.
– Philip Cmor