PIAA quarterfinal preview capsules
Friday’s girls games
PIAA Class 3A quarterfinals
Teams: Central Cambria Lady Devils (19-7); Beaver Lady Bobcats (19-5)
Site, time: Hempfield Area High School, Greensburg, Friday, 7:30 p.m.
The coaches: Central Cambria — Brittany Sedlock (81-50, fifth year); Beaver — Greg Huston (118-84, ninth year)
Playoff path: Central Cambria — defeated Cambria Heights, 54-38, in District 6 quarterfinals; lost to Penns Valley, 53-45, in semifinals; defeated Tyrone, 42-33, in consolation game; defeated Brookville, 73-44, in PIAA first round; defeated Shady Side Academy, 63-57, in PIAA second round. Beaver — defeated East Allegheny, 51-42, in WPIAL first round; lost to Shady Side Academy, 57-49, in quarterfinals; defeated Mercyhurst Prep, 55-54, in PIAA first round; defeated Penns Valley, 62-59, in PIAA second round.
Starting lineups: Central Cambria — PG McKenna Hayward, sr., 11; G Paige Wess, sr., 3; G-F Cassidy Bezek, jr., 32; F Liz Bopp, jr., 34; F Jenna Bauer, sr., 15. Beaver — PG Emma Pavelek, so., 1; G Maddie Weiland, so., 13; G Anna Blum, so., 2; F Qhamille Monteiro, sr., 5; F Payton List, fr., 32
Key reserves: Central Cambria — F Sara Lockard, sr., 10; F Maggie Kudlawiec, jr., 12; G Kiersten Szpala, jr., 1. Beaver — G Natalie Priest, so., 3
Who they get: The winner plays either WPIAL champion Neshannock or District 3 runner-up Delone Catholic in the PIAA semifinals Monday.
Notable: Pavelek’s layup with 29 seconds left helped Beaver rally from an eight-point fourth quarter deficit to knock off Penns Valley in the second round. Pavelek scored 31 points in the game. … Beaver had never made it to the PIAA quarterfinals before this season. … The Lady Bobcats defeated Penns Valley in the last PIAA, which defeated Central Cambria in districts. Central Cambria defeated Shady Side Academy in the last PIAA round, which defeated Beaver in districts.
PIAA Class 2A quarterfinals
Teams: Bellwood-Antis Lady Blue Devils (24-3); York Catholic Fighting Irish (20-7)
Site, time: Mifflin County High School, Lewistown, Friday, 7 p.m.
The coaches: Bellwood-Antis — Jim Swaney (208-35 in nine years at Bellwood-Antis, 486-229 in 27 years overall). York Catholic — Kevin Bankos (291-62, 12th year)
Playoff path: Bellwood-Antis — defeated Bishop McCort, 78-76 in overtime, in the quarterfinals; defeated Penns Manor, 63-45, in the semifinals; defeated Juniata Valley, 52-49, in District 6 championship; defeated Windber, 70-50, in PIAA first round; defeated Mount Carmel, 47-45, in PIAA second round. York Catholic — defeated Antietam, 67-20, in semifinals; lost to Linden Hall, 56-27, in District 3 championship; defeated Bishop McDevitt, 46-27, in PIAA first round; defeated Holy Cross, 42-25, in PIAA second round.
Starting lineups: Bellwood-Antis — G Riley D’Angelo, sr., 10, G-F Alli Campbell, jr., 21, G Emilie Leidig, jr., 20; G Jaydyn Shuke, jr., 11; F Sakeria Haralson, jr., 22. York Catholic — PG Gina Citrone, sr., 4; G Katy Rader, sr., 30; G Elliana Jones, jr., 3; F Gabby Coley, jr., 11; F Domenica Martello, sr., 15
Key reserves: Bellwood-Antis — G Macy Decker, jr., 5; F Olivia Musselman, jr., 44. York Catholic — G Drew Kile, fr., 2; G Samantha Bulik, so., 12; F Elena Kondrasuk, sr., 41
Who they get: The winner will play either District 11 champion Mahanoy Area or District 2 runner-up Old Forge in the PIAA semifinals Monday.
Notable: York Catholic won the PIAA Class 2A championship three straight years, from 2006-2008. Andy Bria led the Fighting Irish to the first title, over District 6’s Westmont Hilltop, and Bankos won the title his first two seasons. The 2008 title came against District 6’s Northern Cambria, 52-40. … Rader missed more than five weeks due to a foot injury but has played in York’s past three games. … Bellwood-Antis is in the quarterfinals for the fourth time in five years. The Lady Blue Devils are 3-2 all-time in this round. … York Catholic had been competing in Class 3A before dropping down to 2A this season.
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Teams: Everett Lady Warriors (22-3); Allegheny-Clarion Valley Lady Falcons (21-4)
Site, time: Hempfield Area High School, Greensburg, Friday, 6 p.m.
The coaches: Everett — Keith Moyer (273-87, 14th year); A-C Valley — Dave Sherman (100-73, seven years)
Playoff path: Everett — defeated North Star, 75-36, in the semifinals; defeated Windber, 63-42, in District 5 championship; defeated Serra Catholic, 51-43, in PIAA first round; defeated Bishop Canevin, 49-42, in PIAA second round. A-C Valley — defeated Keystone, 38-27, in semifinals; lost to Kane, 61-52 in overtime, in District 9 championship; defeated Cambridge Springs, 47-44, in PIAA first round; defeated Our Lady of Sacred Heart, 35-33 in overtime, in PIAA second round.
Starting lineups: Everett — G Kaitlyn Maxwell, jr., 14; G Brooke Colledge, sr., 3; G Kristen Ewing, jr., 5; F Madison Hicks, sr., 13; F Elizabeth Jay, sr., 2. A-C Valley — G Cami McNany, sr., 1; G Rachel Cullen, so., 3; G Emily Wetzel, jr., 12; F Olivia Boocks, sr., 23; C Kylee Eaton, sr., 24
Key reserves: Everett — G Gabby Bulger, jr., 12; F Alex Iseminger, jr., 25. A-C Valley — F Mia Sherman, so., 11; F Andrea Meals, so., 21
Who they get: The winner will play either District 9 champion Kane or District 10 champion West Middlesex in the PIAA semifinals Monday.
Notable: A-C Valley is in the PIAA quarterfinals for the first time. … Maxwell was named the MaxPreps Player of the Week for her efforts during the week of March 3. … Everett advanced to the 1994 PIAA quarterfinals under coach Sue Conner and lost to Southern Huntingdon, 67-64. Like this year’s Lady Warriors team, the squad had lost in the second round the year before with star Krista Jay. … Everett also made the quarterfinals in 1992 but lost to Girard, 43-40.
Saturday’s boys game
PIAA Class 2A quarterfinals
Teams: Bishop Guilfoyle Marauders (25-2); Farrell Steelers (23-3)
Site, time: Kiski Area High School, Vandergrift, Saturday, 1:30 p.m.
The coaches: Bishop Guilfoyle — Chris Drenning (129-53, seventh year); Farrell — Bobby Stewart (40-31, three years)
Playoff path: Bishop Guilfoyle — defeated Northern Cambria, 80-13, in the quarterfinals; defeated Penns Manor, 86-46, in the semifinals; defeated West Branch, 83-25 in District 6 championship; defeated Sto-Rox, 100-64, in PIAA first round; defeated Coudersport, 77-65, in PIAA second round. Farrell — defeated Maplewood, 77-36, in quarterfinals; defeated West Middlesex, 58-47, in semifinals; defeated Wilmington, 48-46, in District 10 championship; defeated Shenango, 74-47, in PIAA first round; defeated Serra Catholic, 70-64, in PIAA second round.
Starting lineups: Bishop Guilfoyle — G Luke Ruggery, sr., 3; G Kyle Ruggery, jr., 24; G Michael Montecalvo, jr., 35; G Jessiah Witherspoon, jr., 1; F Will Helton, jr., 12. Farrell — G Reyonte Hammonds, sr., 1; G Ben King, jr., 13; G-F Eric Hopson, jr., 4; G-F Kyi Wright, sr., 3; C Kobe Hilton, sr., 30
Key reserves: Bishop Guilfoyle — F Andrew Yanoshak, so., 25; F Matt Kenner, sr., 13. Farrell — G Elijah Harper, sr., 0; F Brian Hilton, jr., 12
Who they get: The winner plays either WPIAL champion Our Lady of Sacred Heart or District 9 champion Ridgway in the PIAA semifinals Tuesday.
Notable: Stewart was a member of Farrell’s 1969 state championship basketball team. … Bishop Guilfoyle defeated Farrell, 35-0, in the 2015 PIAA Class 1A football championship game. … The Steelers won this year’s state football title with Wright leading the way. … The last time the Marauders made it to the quarterfinals, they lost to eventual state champion Sewickley Academy, 56-41, in 1997. That 1997 Bishop Guilfoyle team also beat Coudersport during its PIAA run.
— Compiled by Michael Boytim