Basketball

B-A to play at SFU; Carroll at Gateway

The Bellwood-Antis girls and Bishop Carroll boys have received their marching orders for their PIAA high school basketball semifinal games on Monday. The Lady Blue Devils will face District 6 runner-up Blairsville in the Class 2A semis at Saint Francis University’s Degol Arena in Loretto at ...

Team effort puts B-A girls in semis

JOHNSTOWN — For anyone out there who thought the Bellwood-Antis girls basketball team would struggle without its leading scorer, Alli Campbell, on the floor would be sadly mistaken after what happened Friday at Greater Johnstown High School. With an average of 26.3 points per game, Campbell ...

Huskies keep rolling into final four

JOHNSTOWN — After Bishop Carroll Catholic opened the second quarter with a 12-0 run in the PIAA Class 1A quarterfinals against Shade, the Huskies maintained a double-digit lead into the second half before the District 5 champs threatened to pull within single digits early in the fourth ...

Big year for ’Cats halted

JOHNSTOWN — Only one team in each bracket of the state playoffs gets to end its season with a victory. The Huntingdon boys basketball team won’t be the ones experiencing that in Class 4A, but unlike most teams that walk off the court with their heads down ready for a postseason speech ...

today’s piaa basketball playoff preview capsules

PIAA Class 1A girls quarterfinals Juniata Valley (6-1) vs. Farrell (10-2) Teams: Farrell Lady Steelers (14-11); Juniata Valley Lady Hornets (24-3). Site, time: Armstrong High School, Kittanning, 2:30 p.m. The coaches: Farrell — Ed Turosky (264-178, 18 years). Juniata Valley — ...

Tonight’s PIAA basketball playoff preview capsules

PIAA Class 4A boys quarterfinals Huntingdon (6-1) vs. Quaker Valley (7-2) Teams: Quaker Valley Quakers (25-1); Huntingdon Bearcats (23-2) Site, time: Greater Johnstown High School, 7:30 p.m. The coaches: Quaker Valley — Mike Mastroianni (350-141 in 19 years at Quaker Valley; 476-185 ...

Martinazzi propels Lady Huskies­

PITTSBURGH — Bob Gongloff knows the routine this time of year. The veteran Bishop Carroll Catholic High School coach wants his girls basketball teams to understand it, too. In the PIAA playoffs, seemingly just about anything can happen. “We just kept our focus,” Bishop Carroll senior ...

Defense delivers for Hornets

JOHNSTOWN — The best offense is a good defense. At least, that seemed to be the case with the Juniata Valley High School girls basketball team in its PIAA Class 1A second-round playoff game with Berlin Brothersvalley at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Sports Center Wednesday ...

BG overpowered by Generals

MECHANICSBURG — Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic senior Nick Scaramozzino is one of the most confident, positive players in the state. When A.J. Labriola nailed a 3-pointer to bring his Marauders within three at the end of the first quarter in BG’s PIAA second round Class 2A playoff game against ...

Lady Lions can’t complete upset bid

GREENSBURG — Altoona’s season in girls basketball is over. But what a season it was for the Lady Lions, despite finishing with another loss on Tuesday night to North Allegheny, the state’s top-ranked team. Altoona (21-5) still boasted the program’s best record since 2005. “Really ...

BC rides defense to victory

PUNXSUTAWNEY — It’s no secret across the state that Bishop Carroll Catholic is known for its pressure defense. That doesn’t necessarily mean teams can really be prepared for it. The Huskies forced 24 turnovers, including one that led to Elk County Catholic star Ryan Newton picking up ...

Lady Warriors fall just short

EBENSBURG — Heading to the fourth quarter, Everett trailed Bishop Canevin by three, 35-32, in the PIAA Class 3A second round matchup between the two teams. At the start of the fourth quarter, BC held the ball out high to force Everett to play them man-for-man, but the Lady Warriors elected ...

Today’s PIAA basketball preview capsules

2A boys second round Constitution (12-2) vs. Bishop Guilfoyle (6-1) Teams: Bishop Guilfoyle Marauders (22-5); Constitution Generals (17-11). Site, time: Cumberland Valley High School, Mechanicsburg, 7:30 p.m. The coaches: Bishop Guilfoyle — Chris Drenning (104-49, six years). ...

Lady Blue Devils use defense to get to next round

By Alex Church For the Mirror PLUM — In the state playoffs, the team that can force the most turnovers likely holds a better chance to win the game. When a team forces 32 turnovers, the word “likely” is no longer needed. Bellwood-Antis pressed, trapped and out-hustled West Middlesex ...

Ritchey clutch for ’Cats when it counts

By Brian Carson For the Mirror LEWISTOWN — With the game on the line it was only fitting that Huntingdon’s Jackson Ritchey was at the charity stripe to win it all. With the score tied, 72-72, with 10 seconds left in regulation, Ritchey was calm, cool and collected, draining both free ...

Male Athlete of Week: Ruggery’s work ethic big for BG

Name: Luke Ruggery School: Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic Age: 17 Grade: Junior Sport: Basketball Athlete of the week achievement: Ruggery buried seven 3-pointers and scored 24 points to help BG win its opening-round PIAA Class 2A playoff game, 80-45, over Brockway. Season update: ...

Fox sets standard for Lady Lions

Name: Bridgid Fox School: Altoona Area Age: 17 Grade: Junior Sport: Basketball Athlete of the week achievement: Fox collected 21 points, including 15 in the second half, and grabbed 16 rebounds to help Altoona win its first PIAA playoff game in 13 years with a 54-33 win over Mount ...

Today’s PIAA basketball playoff preview capsules

PIAA Class 6A girls second round North Allegheny (7-1) vs. Altoona (6-2) Teams: Altoona Lady Lions (21-4) vs. North Allegheny Lady Tigers (26-0). Site, time: Hempfield High School, Greensburg, 6:30 p.m. The coaches: Altoona — Miriam Colledge (63-32, four years). North Allegheny — ...

Altoona girls get third shot at WPIAL champ

The Altoona girls basketball team will get its third shot at undefeated WPIAL champion North Allegheny Tuesday at Hempfield Area High School in Greensburg. The Lady Lions lost by a point in Wexford, 45-44, in their third game of the season. They also lost, 54-43, in a home game on Jan. ...

Altoona sending fan bus

A fan bus will be transporting those interested in traveling to the Altoona Lady Lions’ PIAA second-round basketball playoff game with North Allegheny on Tuesday. The game is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Hempfield Area High School in Greensburg. Cost is $20 per person to be paid when entering ...