Basketball

Portage does enough in final frame

By Rick Weaver For The Mirror PORTAGE — Portage managed only five points in the fourth quarter but managed to escape with a 44-41 victory against Windber in a WestPAC North girls’ basketball game on Monday night at Len Chappell Gymnasium. The Lady Mustangs assumed a 31-18 halftime ...

Campbell powers B-A past Damsels

BELLWOOD — Alli Campbell delivered 30 points, six rebounds, six assists and five steals as Bellwood-Antis overpowered Moshannon Valley, 84-43, Monday night in high school girls basketball action. Emilie Leidig contributed 19 points and seven assists, and Riley D’Angelo and Sakeria ...

Now coaching, Williams helping PC program

As a student-athlete and professional basketball player, Alli Williams left no stone unturned. During an exemplary high school career at Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic, Williams scored 1,756 points and amassed more than 800 rebounds in leading the Lady Marauders to three PIAA Class A state ...

Cruel chant in stands contrasts with classic contest

The beauty and the ugliness of scholastic basketball played out in their highest forms about 10 miles apart in Blair County on Friday evening. In Bellwood, the Bellwood-Antis and Juniata Valley girls engaged in a game for the ages, one that has a place high on the list of the best high school ...

AASD responds to fan incident

The Altoona Area School District has issued a public apology in response to an insensitive chant directed by its student section at a Hollidaysburg player during the latter moments of the Mountain Lions’ 49-39 boys basketball victory on Friday night at the AAHS Fieldhouse. “It crossed the ...

Lady Lions escape Norwin, improve their mark to 13-1

The Altoona Area High School girls basketball team has hopes of making a long run in the PIAA state playoffs this season. Ranked No. 4 in the state and sporting a 13-1 record, the Lady Lions haven’t faced many difficult challenges so far. They did Saturday. A small, scrappy Norwin team ...

Shaw helps Tyrone girls knock off Tussey

TYRONE — Sydney Shaw connected on six 3-pointers and scored 24 points, and Emily Lehman added 18 points as Tyrone downed Tussey Mountain, 65-46, in high school girls basketball on Saturday. Maddie Garner scored 13 points, and Sophie Brumbaugh added 11 for the Lady Titans. TUSSEY MOUNTAIN ...

Buzzer beater: Smith’s bucket lifts Valley over B-A

BELLWOOD — Halee Smith might not have a clock in her head, but the 5-foot-10 Juniata Valley sophomore has ice water in her veins, strength in her handle and money in her shot. She also has an incredible flair for the dramatic. Emilie Leidig’s second 3-pointer in the last minute gave ...

Petucci powers Altoona win

Tyler Petucci won the Cohen Blanket Award as Altoona Area High School’s most valuable football player for the 2017 season. Friday night, he was the Mountain Lions’ most valuable basketball player. Petucci scored a game-high 19 points, was a beast on the boards and played a solid floor ...

Guilfoyle girls rally in second half to beat Central Cambria

EBENSBURG — One can safely say Bishop Guilfoyle has a team that has tested the patience of coach Mark Moschella. Teams that lack experience, depth and polish will do that to even the most successful girls basketball coaches. “Whenever you take the top 10 kids out of your program from last ...

Defense leads Lady Huskies past Rangers

SIDMAN — Defense has been Bishop Carroll’s calling card all year. But in order to earn an early one-game lead in the always competitive Laurel Highlands Conference Section 1, the Lady Huskies needed to get it done on the defensive end to tame a Forest Hills offense averaging 60.2 points per ...

Penn Cambria topples Heights

PATTON — A 24-9 showing in the second quarter turned out to be the difference for Penn Cambria in its 78-63 win at Cambria Heights in high school girls basketball on Friday. The Lady Panthers got 24 points from Lexi Strasser, 19 from Makalyn Clapper and 11 each from Emmy Harvey and Laken ...

Rigby paces Bearcats’ offense

HUNTINGDON — Led by Nick Rigby’s 26 points, Huntingdon placed five players in double figures in an 88-55 Mountain League win over Philipsburg-Osceola Friday night in high school boys basketball action. Jackson Ritchey added 15 points, Owen Lane 13, and Will Sulesky and Jonathan Price 10 ...

Cove knocks off 7-1 Bellefonte team

BELLEFONTE — Devin Boyles had 11 points to lead Spring Cove past Bellefonte, 27-17, Friday afternoon in freshman boys basketball action. It was only the second loss of the season for Bellefonte (7-2) while the Cove improved to 5-3. SPRING COVE (27): Boyles 11, Biesinger 4, Kling 6, ...

BG boys cruise past CC

It’s not close to tennis weather yet, but the Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic boys basketball team spent this week trying to hold serve. “We played Forest Hills on Monday in a game that could have gone either way. We’ve still got to go there. We’ve got to go to Bishop Carroll. We’ve got ...

Big second half key to Panthers’ win

CRESSON — Down 40-25 at one point, Penn Cambria went on an 18-4 run in the second half to score a victory over rival Cambria Heights, 66-57, Thursday night in high school boys basketball action. Mason Ronan had 27 points and nine rebounds to go with 23 points from Braedon O’Donnell. ...

Ridge strong in 4th at home

NEW PARIS — Chestnut Ridge, which trailed, 21-12, after one quarter, came back to outscore Northern Bedford 19-11 in the fourth quarter en route to a 52-48 victory Thursday night in high school girls basketball action. Abby Hyde scored 12 points to go with 10 from Jess Daus, who scored ...

Collins lifts Valley

ALEXANDRIA — Junior guard Cameron Collins had only seven points for Juniata Valley heading into the fourth quarter of Thursday night’s game between the Green Hornets and visiting Bellwood-Antis. Collins went off in the final quarter by sinking seven field goals, including three from ...

Rangers finish off BC

EBENSBURG — Going into the fourth quarter of Thursday night’s game against Forest Hills, it looked like Bishop Carroll was going to grab a key Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference Section 1 boys victory. The Huskies dominated the third quarter with their press, turning a five-point ...

Balance from BC sinks CH

By Rick Weaver For The Mirror EBENSBURG — Alyssa Martinazzi could be the go-to girl for Bishop Carroll if it is required. The Lady Huskies are fortunate they have enough balance that they don’t always have to go to her. The senior point guard led all scorers with 16 points as ...