Basketball

Ruggery, BG savor moment

HOLLIDAYSBURG — There weren’t many key moments in Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic’s PIAA Class 2A 80-45 drubbing of Brockway at Hollidaysburg Area High School Saturday, but when there were, Luke Ruggery was at the center of them. Ruggery drilled a 3-pointer to kick off the scoring, added ...

Lady Tigers’ momentum zapped

The Hollidaysburg Lady Tigers talked at halftime of Saturday’s PIAA Class 5A first-round game against Palmyra about momentum, and how it can affect a team this late in the season. The momentum that the Lady Tigers carried over from an exciting end to the first half, however, didn’t ...

Despite win, BC coach wants improvement

By John Hartsock jhartsock@altoonamirror.com SIDMAN — There’s a school of thought that holds that, in playoff competition, a win need not be a work of art, and the bottom-line objective is simply to survive and advance. Don’t try to sell that theory to Bishop Carroll High School ...

JV’s fast start sinks Otto-Eldred

By Scott Franco sfranco@altoonamirror.com HOLLIDAYSBURG — When you want to get back to the PIAA 1A finals, which is where the Juniata Valley girls basketball team was a year ago, you want to get off to a good start in your state tournament playoff opener. The Lady Hornets can check that ...

Portage girls go cold in loss

By Ed Farrell For the Mirror SHARON — For Portage’s proud program, a performance like Saturday’s 66-34 PIAA Class 1A opening-round setback to Kennedy Catholic was a disappointing end to an otherwise successful season. At Sharon High, the Lady Mustangs made only 10 of 59 floor shots ...

Era comes to end as Red Devils are ousted

McMURRAY— Central Cambria did what they could defensively, but, at times, Seton LaSalle’s best offensive play was a missed shot. The Rebels used a hefty overall size advantage to convert on several second-chance opportunities, and outlasted the Red Devils, 75-67, in the first round of the ...

Altoona ends state playoff drought

TYRONE — Mount Lebanon planned to play a slow-paced, low-scoring fight to the finish in its 6A state playoff opening-round game against Altoona. Caranda Perea’s hot outside shooting threw a massive wrench into that plan almost from the outset. The 6-foot-2 sophomore dropped five ...

Shots don’t fall for Golden Tigers

Hollidaysburg kept getting the shots it wanted, from short ones inside the paint to quality looks for standout Ethan Haupt beyond the 3-point line. Pretty much nothing would fall. And when that happens, well, winning any basketball game, let alone a state playoff contest, is close to ...

Eckenrode’s hot hand sparks D6 champ BC

EBENSBURG — Looks can be deceiving, especially when it comes to the month of March in basketball. There are dreamers, believers, contenders, pretenders and every other cliche in between. Bishop Carroll almost fell victim to that on Friday night in the first round of the PIAA Class 1A ...

Hot-shooting Lady Devils move along

CLARION — Losing to Blairsville in the District 6 Class 2A semifinals may end up benefitting the Bellwood-Antis girls basketball team. The sting of losing a chance to return to the district title game a year after making the final four in the state still hasn’t worn off, and the Lady Blue ...

Lady Titans’ campaign ends

EBENSBURG — Tussey Mountain’s final stop in the 2017-18 season was less about the end than it was about the surprising road it took to get there. It might have also only signaled the beginning of even greater things to come — a scary proposition for teams earmarking the Lady Titans on ...

Today’s PIAA basketball playoff preview capsules

PIAA Class 3A boys first round Seton LaSalle (7-2) vs. Central Cambria (6-3) Teams: Central Cambria Red Devils (14-11); Seton LaSalle Rebels (19-6). Site, time: Peters Township High School, McMurray, 4 p.m. The coaches: Seton LaSalle — Mark Walsh (133-49 in seven years at Seton ...

Bench delivers in Bearcats’ win

By Scott Franco sfranco@altoonamirror.com If you told Lancaster Catholic coach Joe Klazas his Crusaders would hold Huntingdon’s Jonathan Price scoreless in their boys PIAA 4A playoff opener Friday night, he would have liked his chances for a win. Conversely, Huntingdon coach Nick Payne ...

Johnson sisters too much for Scarlet Dragons

By Dave Mackall For the Mirror McMURRAY — After watching his team dismantle Central on Friday night, East Allegheny girls basketball coach Mike Osiecki offered the Lady Dragons some encouraging words. His message was clear: Don’t give up. “Look at our team. We don’t have much ...

Everett survives in fourth

By John Hartsock jhartsock@altoonamirror.com BEDFORD — By this point in the season, it has become quite evident that the Everett High School girls basketball team’s method of operation in games is to fight, scratch and claw from the opening tipoff to the final buzzer. Everett followed ...

Tyrone done in by 3-pointers

By Alex Church For the Mirror McMURRAY — The Tyrone Area High School girls basketball team played even with Mohawk through the first quarter. But the Lady Eagles simply could not keep up with the Lady Warriors’ lethal 3-point shooting. Tyrone fell, 63-46, to Mohawk in the first ...

Coach proud of Devils’ effort

By Dave Mackall For the Mirror McMURRAY — The third time wasn’t a charm for the Central Cambria High School girls basketball team. The Lady Red Devils gave three-time WPIAL champion Bishop Canevin about all the Lady Crusaders could handle on Friday in a PIAA Class 3A opener but fell ...

Tonight’s PIAA playoff girls basketball capsules

PIAA Class 6A first round Altoona (6-1) vs. Mount Lebanon (7-3) Teams: Mount Lebanon Lady Blue Devils (13-12); Altoona Lady Lions (20-4). Site, time: Tyrone Area High School, 6 p.m. The coaches: Mount Lebanon — Dori Oldaker (303-84 in 15 years at Mount Lebanon; 408-99 in 19 years ...

Tonight’s PIAA playoff boys basketball capsules

PIAA Class 5A first round Team Hollidaysburg (6-1) vs. Carrick (8-1) Teams: Carrick Raiders (19-5); Hollidaysburg Golden Tigers (16-7). Site, time: Altoona Area High School Fieldhouse, 7:30 p.m. The coaches: Carrick — Walt Milinski (record unavailable, 24 years years). Hollidaysburg ...

Breaking down the state boys playoff brackets

CLASS 6A The teams: Abington (1-1, 22-5), Harrisburg (3-6, 17-9), Northampton (11-2, 18-8), Saint Joseph’s Prep (12-3, 18-8), Chambersburg (3-2, 19-5), Pocono Mountain West (11-3, 16-10), Hazleton (2-1, 23-1), Norristown (1-7, 18-8), Lincoln (12-1, 21-6), Upper Darby (1-8, 17-10), Lancaster ...