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PIAA Class 1A girls final

Jenkintown (1-1) vs. Juniata Valley (6-1)

Teams: Juniata Valley Lady Hornets (26-3); Jenkintown Lady Drakes (30-1)

Site, time: Giant Center, Hershey, noon today.

TV: PCN.

The coaches: Juniata Valley — Rachelle Hopsicker (122-53, seven years). Jenkintown — Jim Romano (626-333, 36 years)

Playoff path: Juniata Valley — defeated Saltsburg, 63-15, in the District 6 quarterfinals; defeated Saint Joseph’s, 69-23, in the District 6 semifinals; defeated Bishop Carroll, 48-42, in the District 6 championship; defeated Otto-Eldred, 65-28, in the PIAA first round; defeated Berlin Brothersvalley, 52-28, in the PIAA second round; defeated Farrell, 67-38, in the PIAA quarterfinals; defeated Bishop Carroll, 55-33, in the PIAA semifinals. Jenkintown — defeated The Christian Academy, 57-32, in the District 1-12 semifinals; defeated Sankofa Freedom, 66-30, in the District 1-12 championship; defeated York Christian, 66-32, in the PIAA first round; defeated Linden Hall, 47-21, in the PIAA second round; defeated Lourdes Regional, 37-31, in the PIAA quarterfinals; defeated Lebanon Catholic, 50-46, in the PIAA semifinals.

Starting lineups: Juniata Valley — G Taylor Leidy (14, 5-6 sr., 8.1), G Hayden Taylor (12, 5-10 so., 10.1), G Sydney Reed (10, 5-8 sr., 14.2), F Halee Smith (31, 5-11 sr., 5-10 so., 16.5), C Maddie Mattas (33, 6-0, sr., 9.6). Jenkintown — G Jennifer Kremp (2, 5-8 sr., 14.7), G Natalie Kolb (20, 5-5 jr., 6.7), F Ashley Kremp (13, 5-8 sr., 6.4), F Caroline Arena (21, 5-7 jr., 4.7), F Mia Kolb (3, 5-8 jr., 10.7).

Key reserves: Juniata Valley — G Lexie Reed (1, 5-0 sr., 1.0), F Emily Jefferis (5, 5-11 jr., 0.5), F Olivia Smith (2, 5-11 fr., 2.5). Jenkintown — G Amelia Mulvaney (24, 5-6 sr., 7.5), F Carly Mulvaney (22, 5-8 fr., 4.4), G Molly Walsh (10, 5-7 fr., 3.7)

Who they get: The PIAA championship.

Notable: Juniata Valley is returning to the finals after falling to Lebanon Catholic in last year’s title tilt. … The Lady Hornets are the 20th team from District 6 to reach the PIAA girls championship in 1A since Bishop Carroll won in 1987 — that includes 2010, when District 6’s Bishop Guilfoyle and Northern Cambria played each other for the trophy. D6 teams have emerged with eight championships in the classification. … Valley won in 1A boys in 1996 and finished runner-up in 1995. … An all-state player as a freshman, Halee Smith also leads the Lady Hornets in rebounding (6.8) and is third on the team in assists (2.8). … Sydney Reed has made at least three 3-pointers in five of Valley’s seven postseason games. She has 84 treys this season. … Jenkintown is in the finals for the first time. The Lady Drakes lost in the semifinals in 2017. … This is the first time a District 1 team has made the championship game in this classification. … The Kremps and Kolbs are twins. … Jennifer and Ashley Kremp’s mother played on Romano’s first team. … Jennifer Kremp scored her 1,000th career point earlier this season.

— Philip Cmor

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