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JV steals momentum

DuBOIS — Kennedy Catholic’s Lady Eagles came out of the timeout midway through the third quarter and, as a group, slapped the Beaver Gymnasium floor Duke-style and got into a defensive stance. It was probably the worst thing they could have done. Juniata Valley prides itself on defense, ...

BC delivers in clutch

DUBOIS — Bishop Carroll’s best player came up big when she needed to. After District 9 champion North Clarion had whittled a 23-point deficit to seven with just under 4 minutes to play, Alyssa Martinazzi hit back-to-back dagger short shots to push the lead back to 11 and allow the Lady ...

Lady Marauders taken out by McCort

The Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic girls basketball team entered Saturday’s PIAA Class 2A quarterfinal game on a six-game winning streak in that round of the playoffs. That run came to an end at the hands of a very familiar foe. Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference rival Bishop McCort ...

Red Devils’ late-season run reaches its end

NORTH HUNTINGDON — Central Cambria spent months compiling a historic high school boys basketball season — the best in the history of the program. It took just five minutes for it to come to a screeching halt. The Red Devils trailed by just three in the second quarter after a pair of ...

BG girls play at AAHS; B-A heads to Forest Hills

The Bishop Guilfoyle High School girls basketball team won’t have to go very far to try to punch its ticket to the PIAA Class 2A semifinals. The Lady Marauders on Friday morning learned that their quarterfinal round contest today with Laurel Highlands Conference and diocesan rival Bishop ...

Saturday’s PIAA basketball capsules

BOYS PIAA Class 3A second round Central Cambria (6-1) vs. Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic (7-1) Teams: Central Cambria Red Devils (22-6); Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic (23-5). Site, time: Norwin High School, North Huntingdon, 1 p.m. The coaches: Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic — Dave ...

Defensive strategy helps B-A girls

GREENSBURG — Jam the lane. The phrase was repeated by Bellwood-Antis coach Jim Swaney more than a dozen times Thursday night during the Lady Blue Devils’ PIAA Class 2A second-round game against Chartiers-Houston at Hempfield Area High School. The reason was a big one. To be specific, it ...

BG girls find boost after injury

GREENSBURG — The Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School Lady Marauders survived a character test in Thursday night’s PIAA Class 2A second-round girls basketball playoff game against District 10 champion West Middlsex at Hempfield Area High School. And no player showed more character than ...

BG boys can’t stop Sewickley

GREENSBURG — Practice makes perfect. But what do you do when you can’t simulate what you need to work against? Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic faced that conundrum Thursday in the Marauders’ Class 2A second round game against WPIAL champion Sewickley Academy at Hempfield Area High ...

BC girls get on a roll in 3rd

Bishop Carroll Catholic’s Alyssa Martinazzi picked up her second foul in the opening minute of the second quarter in the team’s 1A second-round state playoff game against Berlin Brothersvalley. She spent the rest of the first half on the bench, watching the Lady Huskies’ lead slip away ...

Red Devils enjoying historic part of winning

By William Whalen For the Mirror KITTANING — The Red Devils are finally elite. Elite eight that is. History has proven that advancing past the second round in the PIAA boys basketball playoffs for the first time ever hasn’t been an easy task for the District 6 Class 3A champion Red ...

Anders sees silver lining for Blue Pirates

By Scott Shindledecker For the Mirror CLEARFIELD — The Williamsburg Blue Pirates boys basketball team has had a season to remember, but it came to an end Thursday night at Clearfield Area High School in a 76-48 loss to Elk County Catholic in the second round of the PIAA Class 1A ...

Valley finds out Kennedy even better in person

By Philip Cmor pcmor@altoonamirror.com DuBOIS — About 5 minutes into Juniata Valley’s PIAA Class 1A second round basketball playoff game, a Green Hornets fan yelled to his team from high in the bleachers at DuBois Area High School’s Beaver Gymnasium. “Slow it down. Get them out of ...

Valley defense too much for Winchester Thurston

By Sean Wechtenhiser For the Mirror JOHNSTOWN — Going into their game Thursday night against District 7 champion Winchester Thurston, the Juniata Valley girls basketball team knew it had to focus on 6-foot-2 center Ayanna Townsend. And they did just that. The Hornets held the ...

Tonight’s PIAA basketball capsules

BOYS Class 3A second round Central Cambria (6-1) vs. Riverside (7-5) Teams: Riverside Panthers (17-8); Central Cambria Red Devils (21-6). Site, time: Armstrong High School, Kittanning, 5 p.m. The coaches: Riverside — John Rorick (233-217, 19 years). Central Cambria — Adam Stephan ...

2nd-round games all Thursday

The big winner in the second round of the PIAA basketball playoffs is Winter Storm Stella. The snowstorm, which is expected to dump about a foot of snow on our area and even more on eastern Pennsylvania, leading Gov. Tom Wolf to declare a state of emergency before one flake fell, forced the ...

District 5 all-star games set

BEDFORD — Everett and Northern Bedford will be well represented in the District 5 AD Association All-Star Basketball Games this year. Everett will have three girls and two boys, as well as the East boys coach, and Northern Bedford will have three girls and three boys in the annual event. ...

Area basketball teams will be hitting the road

The eight remaining high school basketball teams from the Altoona Mirror coverage area have gotten their marching orders for this week’s second-round PIAA playoff games, and only two of them will be playing close to home. They are both Class 1A girls squads. The District 6 champion Bishop ...

Marauders survive close one

The way Bishop Guilfoyle was struggling to put points on the board, it seemed like the Marauders were facing more than five defenders, and that might have been more true than seems possible. In addition to an extremely disciplined group of McConnellsburg players, Guilfoyle was taking on the ...

Carroll girls roll in opener

EBENSBURG — Bishop Carroll Catholic coach Bob Gongloff wasn’t happy that his team gave up 15 points in the first quarter of its Class 1A PIAA girls playoff opener against Allegheny-Clarion Valley. During the break between quarters, he challenged the Lady Huskies to play better defense, ...