Tonight’s PIAA basketball capsules

BOYS

PIAA Class 1A semifinals

Bishop Carroll (6-1) vs. Kennedy Catholic (10-1)

Teams: Kennedy Catholic Golden Eagles (21-4); Bishop Carroll Huskies (20-8).

Site, time: Gateway High School, Monroeville, 7:30 p.m.

The coaches: Bishop Carroll — Cosie Aliquo (198-104, 11 years). Kennedy Catholic — Rick Mancino (176-53, nine years).

Playoff path: Bishop Carroll — defeated Williamsburg, 71-58, in the District 6 quarterfinals; defeated Blacklick Valley, 73-55, in the District 6 semifinals; defeated Saint Joseph’s, 65-55, in the District 6 championship; defeated Imani Christian, 85-76, in the PIAA first round; defeated Elk County Catholic, 57-47, in the PIAA second round; defeated Shade, 68-54, in the PIAA quarterfinals. Kennedy Catholic — defeated Jamestown, 81-27, in the District 10 championship; defeated Propel-Andrew Street, 73-26, in the PIAA first round; defeated New Castle Union, 73-37, in the PIAA second round; defeated Shanksville-Stonycreek, 77-53, in the PIAA quarterfinals.

Starting lineups: Bishop Carroll — G Carson Ertter (5, 5-10 jr., 9.7), G Alex Karlheim (3, 5-7 jr., 5.0), G Hamid Rodkey (25, 6-0 so., 2.7), F Alec Ratchford (30, 6-2 sr., 4.1), F Ben Eckenrode (35, 6-2 sr., 11.7). Kennedy Catholic — G Manis Norman (1, 5-11 jr., 4.1), G Maceo Austin (5, 6-5 jr., 17.9), F Ike Herster (3, 6-5 so., 9.5), F Mattia Acunzo (4, 6-8 jr., 12.1), C Oscar Tshiebwe (50, 6-10 jr., 21.2).

Key reserves: Bishop Carroll — G Tristan McDannell (0, 5-9 so., 16.1), C Nolan Burk (32, 6-5 so., 7.5), F Scotty Semelsberger (24, 6-3 so., 3.3), F Massi Rodkey (25, 5-11 jr., 0.5), G Logan Gottshall (21, 6-0 jr., 0.4). Kennedy Catholic — F Ben Taylor (32, 6-5 sr., 3.2), F Helon Amos (10, 6-7 jr. 4.1), G Sonny Mancino (23, 6-3 sr., 4.2).

Who they get: The winner plays the winner of Faith Christian (1-1) and Lourdes Regional (4-1) in the championship on Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Giant Center in Hershey.

Notable: Bishop Carroll is making its third trip to the PIAA semifinals. The Huskies are 0-3 in the semis, last falling to Lincoln Park in 2014. … Bishop Carroll was eliminated by Kennedy Catholic — then known as Kennedy Christian — in this round in 1998. … The Huskies also fell to the Eagles in the 1993 second round. … As a team, Carroll is shooting 36 percent from 3-point range. … Semelsberger raised his scoring average by .3 by equaling his season high with 11 points against Shade. … McDannell is the younger brother of Logan McDannell, who was a first-team Mirror all-star who led Bishop Guilfoyle to the PIAA tournament in 2008. … Kennedy Catholic is going for its fourth consecutive PIAA title and its 14th straight state playoff victory. … Kennedy defeated Juniata Valley in last year’s PIAA quarterfinals. … A returning all-state player, Austin has Division I scholarship offers from Virginia, Pitt and Xavier, among others. … Tshiebwe actually is a higher-rated prospect than Austin, with offers from Clemson, West Virginia, Virginia, Penn State, Pitt, Oklahoma State and Georgetown.

GIRLS

PIAA Class 2A semifinals

Blairsville (6-2) vs. Bellwood-Antis (6-3)

Teams: Bellwood-Antis Lady Blue Devils (26-3); Blairsville Lady Bobcats (26-3).

Site, time: DeGol Arena, Saint Francis University, Loretto, 7 p.m.

The coaches: Bellwood-Antis — Jim Swaney (183-32 in eight years at Bellwood-Antis; 461-226 in 26 years overall). Blairsville — Ralph McGinnis (218-68 in 11 years at Blairsville, 280-127 in 16 years overall).

Playoff path: Bellwood-Antis — defeated Homer-Center, 89-65, in the District 6 quarterfinals; lost to Blairsville, 44-37, in the District 6 semifinals; defeated Penns Manor, 76-48, in the District 6 consolation; defeated Kane, 69-40, in the PIAA first round; defeated West Middlesex, 70-53, in the PIAA second round. Blairsville — defeated United, 52-24, in the District 6 quarterfinals; defeated Bellwood-Antis, 44-37, in the District 6 semifinals; lost to Bishop McCort, 46-36, in the District 6 championship; defeated Tussey Mountain, 68-24, in the PIAA first round; defeated Vincentian, 41-36, in the PIAA second round; defeated Reynolds, 38-13, in the PIAA quarterfinals.

Starting lineups: Bellwood-Antis — G Riley D’Angelo (10, 5-6 jr., 10.5), G Emilie Leidig (20, 5-6 so., 12.3), G-F Alli Campbell (21, 6-0 so., 26.2), F Tina Hollen (23, 5-7 sr., 6.2), C Sakeria Haralson (22, 6-0 so., 12.6). Blairsville — G Cat Martin (23, 5-4 sr., 11.8), G Sidney McCulley (20, 5-8 jr., 10.6), G Payton Potter (2, 5-5 so., 4.2), F Lexi Risinger (22, 5-8 fr., 6.4), F Rena Enterline (11, 5-8 sr., 19.8).

Key reserves: Bellwood-Antis — G Jaydyn Shuke (11, 5-7 so., 1.3), G Macy Decker (5, 5-6 so., 2.1), F Olivia Musselman (44, 5-9 so., 0.5). Blairsville — G Caitlin Walbeck (12, 5-6 so., 1.2), G Breena Henry (4, 5-6 so., 2.4).

Who they get: The winner plays the winner of Philadelphia West Catholic (12-1) and Penns Manor (6-4) in the championship on Thursday at noon at the Giant Center in Hershey.

Notable: Bellwood-Antis is returning to the state semifinals for the second straight year. They’ll be trying to erase the memory of last season’s loss to Bishop McCort in the state final four. … The Lady Devils also advanced to this round in 1990, when they won and made it to the championship game in Class 1A. … Bellwood has gone to interdistricts five times in six years and has a 9-4 record in that span. … Campbell hasn’t scored fewer than 20 points in 15 games. She’s only been under that mark three times this season and has scored 30 or more six times. … Hollen’s scored in double figures in two of B-A’s state playoff constests. … Haralson has 17 double-figure rebound games this season. … Blairsville was the No. 1 seed entering the District 6 tournament. … A very disciplined team, Blairsville only allows 31.9 points per game. The 37 they held Bellwood to in the district semis matched a season low for the Lady Devils. … The Lady Bobcats are trying to break a school record with their 27th win. They also won 26 in 2015, when Vincentian knocked them out in the quarterfinals. … A Seton Hill recruit, Enterline averaged 8.3 rebounds, 4.6 of which come on the offensive end of the floor.

— Philip Cmor

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