Basketball

Familiar foe ends Central’s season

SPRING MILLS — It looked in the second quarter of Friday’s District 6 Class 3A quarterfinal game between No. 8-seeded Central and top-seeded Penns Valley that the Lady Dragons were going to mount a comeback. After falling behind, 16-5, in the opening frame, the Lady Dragons opened the ...

Growden’s career night puts Bisons in final

By Michael Boytim mboytim@altoonamirror.com BEDFORD — Jace Growden didn’t miss a shot until midway through the third quarter of Bedford’s District 5-8 Class 4A semifinal game against Somerset Friday. By that time, the Bisons were up by 40 points, and the mercy rule was already in ...

Not doing enough of the little things sinks Tussey Mtn.

By Nate Ritchey nritchey@altoonamirror.com BOSWELL — It wasn’t one or two defining runs that spelled trouble for Tussey Mountain. It was a missed defensive assignment, a forced shot which led to a miss chance, a turnover, a missed rebound on either end of the floor. All of that added ...

Worth the wait: Altoona girls get redemption in 2019 final

HOLLIDAYSBURG — With Altoona clinging to a two-point lead over State College and time running out in the third quarter of the District 6 Class 6A championship Thursday, Stevie Webber found the ball in her hands and drilled a 3-pointer without hesitating. The shot set off a wild celebration ...

Mtn. Lions come up short

HOLLIDAYSBURG — With only two teams, State College and Altoona, entered in this year’s District 6 Class 6A boys basketball tournament, it turned out to be a matter of quality over quantity in the field. Thursday night’s championship game between the schools was a barnburner at the ...

B-A girls rally to survive

BELLWOOD — The Bellwood-Antis girls basketball team, the defending Class 2A state champ, almost lost its chance to make a run at another state title Thursday night — in the opening round of the district playoffs. A very good fifth-seeded Bishop McCort team came to town and had the ...

FGs not enough for Lady Marauders

By Rick Weaver For The Mirror BLAIRSVILLE — Bishop Guilfoyle’s ending was all fouled up. The Lady Marauders held a 19-11 edge in field goals in their District 6 Class A quarterfinal-round girls basketball game against Blairsville. The Lady Bobcats connected on 32-of-44 free throws, ...

Huntingdon presses its way into title game

HUNTINGDON — After a solid performance in the middle quarters, Juniata saw its comeback attempt go away rather quickly in the fourth quarter of a 76-50 loss to Huntingdon in the District 6 Class 4A girls basketball opener. The Indians were only trailing by five entering the final frame, but ...

Valley’s defense too much for Bulldogs’ offense

By Dan Isenberg disenberg@altoonamirror.com ALEXANDRIA — The first steps on the long march back to the state finals were taken by Juniata Valley Thursday night. The Lady Hornets, the two-time Class 1A runner-up playing up in Class 2A this season, held Claysburg-Kimmel to 2-of-24 from ...

Injuries, Obama catch up to Portage

PITTSBURGH — Injury-riddled Portage stayed with Obama Academy for three quarters on Thursday night in spite of playing without three seniors due to injuries. The Mustangs went into a shooting slump late in the game however, and fell 45-38 as the Eagles pulled away midway through the fourth ...

Brumbaugh helps Tussey crush Jays

SAXTON — The Tussey Mountain girls basketball team advanced to the semifinals of the District 5 1A playoffs Thursday night, thanks to a 65-21 win over Johnstown Christian. Sophie Brumbaugh had a career night for the Lady Titans (16-7), scoring 28 points, including 16 in the first half as ...

Forest Hills dispatches of Bedford, again

SIDMAN — After defeating No. 4 Bedford Thursday night, 44-22, the Forest Hills girls basketball team will once again have a chance to earn a district crown this Saturday in the District 6 Class 4A title game. The returning finalists have won a District 6 title in seven of its last nine ...

Seniors are clutch for Warriors in playoff victory

By Nate Ritchey nritchey@altoonamirror.com EVERETT — Everett knew coming into Thursday night’s District 5-9 Class 3A semifinal that Chestnut Ridge’s record was deceiving. The Lions made the switch to the Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference this year, so the matchup between the two ...

Win puts Central in district final

By Jon Fleck For the Mirror MARTINSBURG — After Central and Tyrone split two previous meetings, the Mountain League rivals played the rubber match Thursday, but a whole lot more than just bragging rights were at stake. Hopes of a district championship and a spot in the state playoffs ...

Rigby makes history in Bearcats’ victory

By Josh Yoder For the Mirror HUNTINGDON — Huntingdon’s pressure was too much for Juniata to handle as the Bearcats defeated the Indians, 69-39, in the first round of the District 6 4A boys basketball playoff game Thursday night. With this loss, Juniata finishes the season with a final ...

Forest Hills holds on in final seconds for win

SIDMAN -- Mitch Chunta and Zach Myers came up big for the Forest Hills boys basketball team in its 52-48 win over Penns Valley Thursday night in the District 6 3A playoffs. Chunta hit a 3-pointer with 20.6 seconds left for a 51-48 lead, then Myers made one of two foul shots to extend the lead ...

District 6 Class 6A championship preview capsules

TONIGHT GIRLS District 6 Class 6A championship Teams: State College Lady Little Lions (16-5); Altoona Lady Lions (15-7). Site, time: Hollidaysburg Area High School, 6 p.m. The coaches: State College — Chris Leazier (41-31 in three years at State College; 64-72 in fifth year ...

Central avenges loss to P-O

MARTINSBURG — Since Central lost to Philipsburg-Osceola to begin the month, the Lady Dragons have turned things around, winning four of their final five regular-season games. Junior Kylie Metzger has been a big part of that, and she helped Central continue its momentum by avenging that loss ...

Northern Cambria takes down Bulldogs

NORTHERN CAMBRIA — Logan Yonkoske scored a game-high 18 points in Northern Cambria’s 62-51 victory against Claysburg-Kimmel in a District 6 Class 2A first-round basketball playoff game on Tuesday night at Ted Kean Memorial Gym. The Colts (10-12) will visit Bishop Guilfoyle in a ...

Weather forces changes

Because of today’s impending winter storm, all District 6 basketball playoff games scheduled for tonight have been postponed until Thursday. With the exception of the Obama Academy-Portage game, all Thursday games will be moved to Friday and all Friday games will be moved to ...