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Basketball

Paola’s size, skills too much for Central Cambria in loss

LIGONIER — Adam Stephan knew what was coming when he took his Central Cambria boys basketball team to Westmoreland County for a District 6 Class 3A quarterfinal-round game Saturday night. The ninth-seeded Red Devils were facing a huge task — literally — when they met top-seeded, ...

Lady Tigers roll past DuBois

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Missing 17 straight 3-point shots to start a game won’t lead to many wins, but the Hollidaysburg girls basketball team more than made up for it with tenacious defense and points off turnovers. The Lady Tigers broke open a low-scoring game with an 18-3 run to start the ...

Marauders obliterate N. Cambria

Bishop Guilfoyle left little doubt Friday night why it was tabbed the top seed in this year’s District 6 2A high school boys basketball tournament. Luke Ruggery and the Marauders came out firing on all cylinders and completely stymied eighth-seeded Northern Cambria, 80-13, in the district ...

Lady Devils oust Heights, move to semis

EBENSBURG — Splitting the regular-season series with Cambria Heights in two tightly-contested games, the Central Cambria girls basketball team wasn’t in the mood for any nail-biters Friday night. Using superior post play and a balanced scoring attack, the Lady Red Devils defeated the ...

district 6 4A championship capsules

GIRLS D6 4A girls championship Teams: Huntingdon Lady Bearcats (14-8); Forest Hills Lady Rangers (19-3). Site, time: Hollidaysburg Area High School, 1 p.m. today The coaches: Huntingdon — Patrick Cassidy (45-45 in four years at Huntingdon). Forest Hills — Carol Cecere (total ...

PC girls savor state playoff berth

CRESSON — Basketball at any level is a game of runs and swings of momentum. In a District 6 Class 3A quarterfinal girls playoff game Friday night, third-seeded Penn Cambria enjoyed the largest and most significant ones. After dominating the first quarter and building a 19-4 lead, Penn ...

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 ...