Basketball

BG rolls in opener

LORETTO — The Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School Marauders have a high-powered offense that is predicated on a fast-paced, up-tempo transition game, excellent outside shooting and balanced scoring contributions from several different players. It’s an explosive attack indeed, and the ...

Penn Hills has too much for Lady Tigers

Playing against a bigger, deeper and more athletic team that runs end-to-end pressure defense presents a formidable challenge. That’s what Hollidaysburg faced in Penn Hills Saturday afternoon. When Hannah Snyder stepped in the passing lane, stole a pass and took it the length of the court ...

Carroll easily moves on to round 2

EBENSBURG — Bishop Carroll Catholic forced Veritas Academy to turn the ball over on its first four possessions, and the Lady Monarchs didn’t take a shot that wasn’t an air ball for the first six minutes of the game. The Lady Huskies put it on cruise control from there in a 60-22 victory ...

Tussey plays smart down stretch in win

EBENSBURG — A quick glance at the final score in Tussey Mountain’s 56-38 triumph over Purchase Line in the first round of the PIAA Class 1A playoffs Saturday doesn’t really tell the tale of the contest. The Lady Titans were up by just four points early in the fourth quarter, and three ...

B-A puts up effort in defeat

NEW CASTLE —- Saturday night as they hopped on a bus for a two-and-a-half hour ride home, the Bellwood-Antis Blue Devils did so with a sense of accomplishment. Their season had just ended with a 73-55 loss to Lincoln Park in the first round of the PIAA Class 3A tournament. But they hardly ...

Bad start too much for ’Cats

MOUNT LEBANON —Huntingdon had no answer for Central Valley’s pressing defense in Saturday’s PIAA Class 4A first round playoff game and committed 22 turnovers in a 66-42 loss at Mount Lebanon High School. Lady Bearcats coach Pat-rick Cassidy hopes the game and this season can be a ...

Altoona falls to Norwin

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Altoona Lady Lions ran into a buzzsaw in their first-round PIAA Class 6A basketball playoff game Friday night. Norwin of the WPIAL used a ball-hawking, pressure defense and pinpoint long-range shooting that produced a dozen 3-point field goals, to erase an early deficit ...

Bearcats top Highlands to remain perfect

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Highlands started four scrums, committed two technical fouls, had a player ejected two minutes into the game and got a warning on its bench. Huntingdon got what it always has this season, a win. The Bearcats kept their cool during a wild first half that seemed like it ...

Taylor helps JV survive

Talk about saving your best for last. That’s what Juniata Valley junior Hayden Taylor did Friday night in the first round of the PIAA Class 2A girls basketball playoffs at the Altoona Area High School Fieldhouse. With her team down 40-37 with 54 seconds to play in the game, Taylor, who had ...

Leidig, Bellwood bounce back in second half

HOLLIDAYSBURG — For one half Friday night, Windber was on track to shock the state and knock off the defending PIAA Class 2A champions, Bellwood-Antis. That didn’t set well with the Lady Blue Devils and Emilie Leidig. The junior guard drilled six second-half 3-pointers and finished with ...

Lady Panthers cruise to first-ever PIAA win

EBENSBURG — The Penn Cambria girls basketball team just continues to make history this year. After clinching its first District 6 title in 26 years last week, this Panthers group has now become the first team in program history to advance to the PIAA Sweet 16. Penn Cambria defeated ...

Defense helps CC girls clear first-round hurdle

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Central Cambria had lost its last three first-round appearances in the PIAA Girls Basketball Tournament. The Lady Red Devils played much like a team that wanted to halt that trend. McKenna Hayward scored a game-high 19 points and came away with 10 steals as Central Cambria ...

Tyrone battles to end

WEXFORD — Tyrone’s girls basketball team knew it faced a tough challenge against Neshannock. It got more difficult when the Lady Lancers used their rebounding prowess to manufacture extra chances in the second half. Neshannock, the WPIAL champ, held off Tyrone’s late surge for a 42-38 ...

Quick start propels Huskies into second round

From Mirror reports KANE — The Bishop Carroll boys basketball team got off to a fast start Friday night, jumping out to a 20-12 lead on North Clarion en route to a 68-58 win in the first round of the PIAA Class 1A playoffs at Kane Area High School. “I thought right at the beginning, ...

JV’s comeback falls short in fourth

With less than four minutes left to play, Clarion-Limestone opened up a 17-point lead over Juniata Valley and looked well on its way to a lopsided win in the opening round of the boys 1A state playoffs. The Hornets quickly reeled off 13 straight points, however, to make it a 55-51 game with ...

Grove City’s big fourth quarter puts an end to Bedford’s year

SOMERSET —- Bedford coach Leo Brunelli waited at the end of the handshake line and gave each one of his players a hug and told them he loved them. There wasn’t much else you could do after a crushing defeat like they just had. The District 5-9 sub-regional champion Bisons battled with ...

Lady Warriors move to 2A second round

JOHNSTOWN — Everett began its PIAA Class 2A opening-round game with Serra Catholic missing its first four shots, turning the ball over twice, having two shots blocked inside and giving up two easy buckets inside on defense. The Lady Warriors were in need of a response. The answer Everett ...

Mirror’s state playoff capsules

Friday’s girls games PIAA Class 6A first round Teams: Altoona Lady Lions (16-7); Norwin Lady Knights (21-2) Site, time: Hollidaysburg Area High School, 6:30 p.m. The coaches: Altoona — Miriam Colledge (79-41, five years); Norwin — Brian Brozeski (131-44, seven years) Playoff ...

B-A, Valley could be on collision course

By Michael Boytim mboytim@altoonamirror.com Last season, the Mirror’s coverage area had two teams make the high school state basketball championship games in Hershey, and Bellwood-Antis claimed the school’s first title. The Lady Blue Devils are a good bet to make it back to the PIAA ...

Altoona trio earns Mid-Penn honor

The Altoona girls and boys basketball programs were honored on Tuesday with first-team selections in the Mid-Penn Conference for the 2018-2019 season. On the girls side, first-team status was awarded in the Commonwealth Division to senior Bridgid Fox and junior Caranda Perea. For the boys, ...