Homer, S. Fulton boys look strong

Head-to-head games don’t factor into the playoff rankings in District 6 or District 5 beyond the power points they provide, but there were a couple of regional games last week that were worth noting for someone trying to get an idea who might be the teams with the best shots of playing for titles in six weeks.

On Monday, Homer-Center sent a message on the boys hardwood when it defeated visiting Blairsville, 51-47. Blairsville had beaten Southern Fulton, Bishop Carroll and Central Cambria and only had lost to Class AAA powers Hollidaysburg and Somerset by a combined four points.

Wildcats coach Bob Rado told the Indiana Gazette after the game that he and his staff just were hoping to get better every game and weren’t sure they’d even be .500. Now, after being led by three players with 15 points each, Homer, with just one loss, appears a definite player in the 6-A championship hunt.

Speaking of Southern Fulton, the Indians’ only reversal was that six-point setback in Blairsville. Kent Hendershot appears to have another good team on his hands, and that idea was reinforced with a 58-31 pasting of previously-undefeated McConnellsburg on Friday night.

Southern Fulton made eight 3-pointers and held the young Spartans to their lowest offensive output of the season by 24 points.

On the girls side of the court, Bishop McCort, playing at home, on Tuesday showed that it’s for real with a 58-52 victory over Blairsville. Haley Thomas scored 20 points as the Lady Crushers, featuring a roster with five players 5-foot-10 or taller, overcame a triple-double by Blairsville star Chelsey Koren.

The significance of McCort’s win over Blairsville is that the Lady Crushers and Westmont looked before the season to be the top challengers for ICC power Bellwood-Antis in its quest for a repeat 6-AA championship. Blairsville beat Bellwood at Hollidaysburg’s tipoff tournament last month.

Carom counters

There always are a number of players around this point in the season that are reaching the 1,000-point mark for their careers, but a couple of region girls managed milestones because of their toughness and nose for the ball last week.

Altoona native Taylor Campbell reached the 1,000-rebound mark in Cambria County Christian’s win against Blair County Christian on Friday. Campbell is a senior.

Meanwhile, Conemaugh Township junior Abbey Roberts grabbed her 500th career rebound in Friday’s loss to Windber.

There also were a couple of notable scoring performances. Hollidaysburg’s Ashley McClain fired in 30 in the Lady Tigers’ loss at Williamsport, but even that paled in comparison to what Fannett-Metal’s Mikell McGee did against Forbes Road on Friday, going off for 45 points.

It was the third time in four games McGee has scored a career high and was the most points by a Fannett-Metal player since Stuart Moats erupted for 54 in 1998.