Basketball

Taylor hits winning shot for JV boys

HOLLIDAYSBURG - When Portage junior Michael Bryja hit a 3-pointer with a little more than two minutes remaining, it gave the Mustangs a 51-49 lead after trailing for most of the game Thursday night.It was the last points they registered.Gordon Gable found Kordell Collins for a layup to tie the ...

Lady Mustangs receive scare in playoff opener

HOLLIDAYSBURG - The Portage girls basketball team has been to the playoffs before, but the Lady Mustangs have never been a No. 1 seed like this time out. They're used to being the hunter, not the hunted."You know, it's a No. 1 seed against a No. 8 and people say you should have an easy time," ...

C-K girls moving on in playoffs

HOLLIDAYSBURG - The Claysburg-Kimmel High School girls basketball team is feeling pretty good about itself.After three straight first-round exits out of the District 6 Class A playoffs by the seniors, they will finally be moving on.The Lady Bulldogs defeated Conemaugh Valley, 60-47, Thursday ...

Lady Panthers humbled by SF

WARFORDSBURG - For whatever the Northern Bedford Lady Panthers tried Thursday night, Southern Fulton had an answer.Freshman Olivia Mottern scored 19 points, Ashley Roman chipped in with 18, and Macey Hollenshead added 17 as the No. 1 Lady Indians romped to a 69-22 victory over the eighth-seeded ...

BC girls pull away for victory

JOHNSTOWN - A 6-0 run might not seem like much in a 20-point blowout, but that perfectly timed little spurt sparked Bishop Carroll to go on and rout United on Thursday."It was huge," Lady Huskies coach Crystal Horton said of the 6-0 run to open the second half. "We went into halftime, and I ...

Grier gets first victory

TYRONE-- Teresa Heise scored 12 points to help the Grier School basketball team top St. Joseph's Academy, 27-22, on Thursday.ST. JOSEPH'S (22): Bassett 1 0-0 2, Thomas 0 0-0 0, McGlaughlin 0 0-0 0, Gregory 3 0-0 6, Bevilacqua 1 0-0 2, Clark 6 0-0 12, Yingling 0 0-2 0. Total -- 11 0-2 22.GREIR ...

Season over for Tussey boys hoops

DAVIDSVILLE - The Conemaugh Township Indians made the extra pass when they needed it Wednesday in a 67-56 District 5 boys basketball playoff victory over Tussey Mountain.The defending Class AA champions (19-5) led by as many as 16 in the first half, thanks in part to Jake Formica's 12 points. ...

Rally falls short for Ridge boys

WINDBER - Chestnut Ridge nearly erased a double-digit deficit with a furious fourth-quarter rally in Wednesday night's District 5 Class AA boys quarterfinal playoff contest, but the Lions comeback fell short as the Ramblers held on for a 58-52 win."We've played a lot of close games, and I knew ...

McCort too much offense for CC boys

JOHNSTOWN?- The Bishop McCort boys basketball team wanted to quickly forget about last Saturday's 63-30 loss to Bishop Carroll in the Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference title game.Things went well for McCort early on as it started off hot from the field by dissecting Central Cambria's 2-3 ...

Central boys overcomes slow start

HOLLIDAYSBURG - Reggie Nevins isn't quite sure why his Central Scarlet Dragons have been starting slowly lately, but he is sure the trend can't continue."I thought we were nervous," he said Wednesday night after the Dragons advanced to the District 6 Class AA quarterfinals by pulling away from ...

Swogger’s bucket lifts Lady Eagles

JOHNSTOWN - It won't go down as the best basketball game of her career, but it might just be the sweetest.Unable to get her shot going all game, Jordyn Swogger scored on a strong left-hand drive with just under 30 seconds remaining in overtime to lift Tyrone to a 40-39 victory over upset-minded ...

Rough fourth quarter sinks Lady?Dragons

HOLLIDAYSBURG - Through three quarters of their first-round District 6-AA girls basketball playoff game Wednesday night, heavily favored Marion Center was getting all it could handle from feisty Central.Through three quarters, tenth-seeded Central held a 28-27 lead over seventh-seeded Marion ...

Bellwood-Antis routs Mt. Union

HOLLIDAYSBURG - After cruising to two lopsided victories over Mount Union in its regular season, the Bellwood-Antis girls basketball team wanted to establish itself early in Wednesday's District 6 Class AA first round playoff game.It did just that, using a suffocating man-to-man defense and ...

Altoona’s cold shooting leads to blowout loss

When the shots aren't falling, it's tough to win a basketball game. Combine that with the strong inside play of State College's Kyla Irwin, and it adds up to a 24-point loss for the Altoona girls basketball team.The Lady Lions made just 7-of-31 3-pointers in their regular-season finale, a 66-42 ...

Highlanders edged by four

TYRONE - Cambria Heights' first shot at Penns Valley this season was nothing to write home about.The Highlanders were down three in the third quarter, but, making a more than hour trip for a Saturday afternoon contest after playing the night before, Heights turned the ball over about 20 times ...

Missing Shingler, Krug costs PC

TYRONE - Penn Cambria was better than Penns Valley with Tori Shingler on the court Monday.Unfortunately for the Lady Panthers, she wasn't on it long enough for Penn Cambria to beat the Lady Rams in a 42-37 loss in the first round of the District 6 Class AA girls playoffs at Tyrone Area Middle ...

Peck hits big shot for Lady Pirates

HOLLIDAYSBURG - It was not the prettiest performance of the season for the Williamsburg High School Lady Pirates - committing 36 turnovers in all - but they were still able to squeak out a close 49-48 win Monday night over Saltsburg in the first round of the District 6 Class A playoffs.A clutch ...

Altoona girls rain 3s on MC in victory

LEWISTOWN - Three-pointers were flying all over the place on Monday night at Mifflin County High School.In the end, though, it was the play of Altoona senior forward Darby Lee, who scored six points in the final 40 seconds that lifted the visiting Lady Lions over Mifflin County, 69-66, in a ...

Season over for Lady Hornets

Juniata Valley struggled to get going for more than 2 quarters of its opening-round District 6 Class A playoff game, and by the time the Lady Hornets did, it was too late.Homer-Center, the ninth seed, outscored Juniata Valley 17-0 over a 7-minute span from late in the second quarter through a ...

H.S. basketball roundup

NORTHERN CAMBRIA - Michael Bryja scored 18 points and had 22 rebounds as Portage defeated Northern Cambria 64-37 in a regular-season high school boys basketball Monday.Jake Swank added 13 points for the Mustangs, who head to the playoffs with a 16-6 mark.Zach Lee led the Colts with 15 ...