Basketball

Campbell helps carry B-A to win

LEWISTOWN — When Bellwood-Antis is playing at its best, Alli Campbell is distributing the ball to open teammates for easy baskets and scoring when she sees the opportunity. That didn’t happen in the first half of Friday’s PIAA Class 2A quarterfinal game against York Catholic at Mifflin ...

CC in first final four

GREENSBURG — Nobody expected this. It had been 21 years since Central Cambria had played in the PIAA quarterfinals in girls basketball, and the outcome didn’t favor the Lady Red Devils, who seemingly have been content some years just to make a trip to the state tournament. But now, ...

Everett on historic run

GREENSBURG — The Everett Area High School girls basketball team is in uncharted territory. The Lady Warriors became the first team in their program’s history to reach the semifinals of the PIAA state tournament, punching their ticket into the PIAA Class 2A semis with a 59-36 quarterfinal ...

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 ...

On to the Elite Eight: Marauders take out Coudersport on playoff path

DuBOIS — Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic didn’t score 100 points like it did in its last state playoff victory. But runs of 11-0 and 14-4 in mere minutes spread between the second and third quarter proved to be just as devastating in a 77-65 victory over Coudersport in the second round of the ...

Tussey falls short

EBENSBURG — Tussey Mountain coach Todd Gates knew his team needed to knock down the majority of its shots and stay out of foul trouble if it was going to beat Vincentian Academy in the second round of the PIAA Class 1A playoffs. Unfortunately, the Lady Titans weren’t able to do ...

Early deficit too much for BC girls

WINGATE — All season long, the Bishop Carroll Catholic High School girls basketball team has played its games with a trademark type of heart, fight and never-say-die spirit. The Lady Huskies followed that blueprint again Wednesday night in a PIAA Class 1A second-round playoff game against ...

Bearcats’ big year ends

DuBOIS — You can’t often say that a team lost its first game of the season in the second round of the state playoffs. You wouldn’t have expected it, either. Not with the roll the Huntingdon Bearcats had been on the past couple of months, but that was exactly the case Tuesday night at ...

B-A girls escape with win

LEWISTOWN — Bellwood-Antis isn’t often threatened late in the fourth quarter, but when it is, the Lady Blue Devils always have their trump card to play. Mount Carmel gave the defending PIAA Class 2A champions everything they could handle and took a one-point lead on Brooke Bernini’s ...

Hayward gets CC to next round

GREENSBURG — McKenna Hayward was hoping for a rematch with Penns Valley. She’ll have to settle for another opponent. And that’s OK with the Central Cambria senior point guard, who scored a career-high 34 points Tuesday night in a 63-57 PIAA Class 3A second-round girls basketball victory ...

Lady Panthers find silver lining in loss

LEWISTOWN — The noises coming from beyond the Penn Cambria locker room following the Lady Panthers’ 73-64 loss to Delone Catholic in the second round of the PIAA Class 3A playoffs Tuesday night was not one of a team in mourning. The Lady Panthers clapped and gave themselves a ...

BC knocked out in final seconds

GREENSBURG — It was a brutal way to end an otherwise splendid boys basketball season. So tough for Bishop Carroll’s players and coaches, in fact, that the Huskies took quite a long time afterward to realize the stunning outcome of their one-point PIAA Class 1A second-round loss to ...

Everett pair spark big victory

GREENSBURG — Everett jumped out to a commanding lead at the outset of its PIAA Class 2A second-round matchup with Bishop Canevin, the team that eliminated them in last year’s state playoffs. The Lady Warriors had to fight off a strong third-quarter surge by the Lady Crusaders that saw ...

Ms. Reds do just enough to leave Valley girls feeling blue

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Juniata Valley’s postseason run reached an end in a 50-46 loss to West Middlesex in a PIAA Class 2A second-round girls’ basketball playoff game on Tuesday night at Chuck Daly Memorial Gymnasium. The Lady Hornets, who started two sophomores — Emma Musser and Olivia ...

Male Athlete of Week: McDannell big part of BC’s run

Name: Tristan McDannell School: Bishop Carroll Catholic Age: 17 Grade: Junior Sport: Basketball Athlete of the week achievement: McDannell led Carroll with 22 points in a 68-58 victory over North Clarion in the PIAA Class 1A playoffs on Friday night at Kane Area High School. Season ...

Female Athlete of Week: B-A’s Leidig ‘dream kid’ to coach

Name: Emilie Leidig School: Bellwood-Antis Age: 17 Grade: Junior Sport: Basketball Athlete of the week achievement: Leidig tied a school record with eight 3-pointers and scored a game-high 28 points in leading Bellwood-Antis to a 70-50 win over Windber in the PIAA Class 2A playoffs. ...

Road to Hershey could be tougher

Last season, all four District 6 Class 2A teams that made the state playoffs won in the first round, and Bellwood-Antis, Blairsville and Penns Manor all made it to the PIAA Class 2A semifinals. Of course, Bellwood-Antis won the state championship, leading many to speculate, including myself, ...

PIAA preview basketball capsules

Tuesday’s girls games PIAA Class 3A second round Teams: Central Cambria Lady Devils (18-7); Shady Side Academy Lady Indians (20-4) Site, time: Greensburg-Salem High School, Tuesday, 6 p.m. The coaches: Central Cambria — Brittany Sedlock (80-50, fifth year); Shady Side Academy — ...

B-A, PC girls part of playoff twinbill

Ten area high school basketball teams will begin round 2 of play in the PIAA state tournament this week, with seven games scheduled for Tuesday night and three more on Wednesday. On Tuesday, Mifflin County High School will host a twinbill beginning at 6 p.m. with Penn Cambria (6-1) taking on ...

Head coaches selected for annual all-star basketball game

The head coaches for the 14th annual Altoona Mirror Basketball Classic are set. Claysburg-Kimmel High school coaches Mike Harris and Jess Veverka will guide the Blair County teams while the Central PA teams will be led by T.J. Anderson of Juniata Valley High School and Brittany Sedlock of ...