Basketball

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, ...

Central puts up valiant effort in loss to Tigers

By Michael Boytim mboytim@altoonamirror.com HOLLIDAYSBURG — Central got just one day to prepare for its District 6 Class 4A championship game against Johnstown. The Scarlet Dragons got two weeks to get ready for Beaver Falls in the first round of the PIAA playoffs. It’s hard to say ...

Man defense ends Lady Eagles’ year

By John Hartsock jhartsock@altoonamirror.com Momentum can be a very fickle friend, and it certainly was for the Tyrone Area High School girls basketball team late Saturday afternoon. Tyrone had a 29-18 halftime lead and all the momentum in its PIAA Class 3A first-round playoff game ...

Lady Dragons falter in final minute of play

By Jerin Steele For the Mirror CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP — For three quarters, Central held the lead against Carlynton in its first state playoff game in a decade, but it couldn’t create any breathing room. The inability to get separation came back to haunt the Lady Dragons in the ...

Kennedy clamps down on Pirates in fourth

By Ed Farrell For the Mirror SHARON — If Laura Barhacs is claustrophobic, she had uncomfortably little room to navigate the lane Saturday afternoon. Williamsburg’s 6-foot-2 senior post player was double-teamed early on in the Lady Blue Pirates’ PIAA Class 1A opening-round game ...