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Basketball

On the rebound: Pirates erasing memories of 3-19 season

WILLIAMSBURG — Many times, whether a team experiences previous success or failure, they are ready to turn the page and not talk about the season before by the time the current campaign rolls around. That’s not the case for the Williamsburg boys basketball team. The Blue Pirates went ...

Looks like the right time to take a look at postseason picture

Most of the area’s teams have played at least 11 games, meaning the regular season is more than half over. So let’s take a peek at where the teams in the Mirror’s coverage area stand and where they might be by the time the playoffs begin. We’ll start on the girls side where once ...

Huge 2nd quarter carries Lady Lions to win

Eight minutes into Friday night’s Mid-Penn Conference game with visiting Harrisburg at the Altoona Area High School Fieldhouse, the Altoona Lady Lions were trailing, 16-10, after making only 4-of-16 first-quarter shots. The second quarter was a completely different story, though, and ...

BG girls cruise past WH

It may have been a competitive start, but the Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic girls basketball team made sure to leave no doubt once the second quarter started. The Lady Marauders (11-3) shut out Westmont Hilltop (5-9) in the second frame and went on a 12-0 run as they pounded the Lady Hilltoppers, ...

Leidig reaches milestone in Bellwood victory

BELLWOOD — Emilie Leidig scored 29 points, going over the 1,000-point mark for her career in Bellwood-Antis’ 79-24 win over Williamsburg Friday night in girls high school basketball action. Teammate Alli Campbell added 21 points and 10 rebounds as Bellwood improved to 13-0. Sakeria ...

Guilfoyle survives in victory at Westmont Hilltop

JOHNSTOWN — Bishop Guilfoyle outscored Westmont Hilltop 19-11 in the fourth quarter en route to a 58-49 win at Westmont Hilltop Friday night in boys high school basketball action. Kyle Ruggery led BG (11-1) with 19 points to go with 12 from Mike Montecalvo in a game the Marauders led at ...

Vikings fall to West Branch

FLINTON — Glendale trailed by six at halftime, but West Branch pulled away in the third quarter to post a 60-42 Inter-County Conference North Division win in high school boys basketball action on Thursday. Ryan Sinclair led Glendale with 15 points. WEST BRANCH (60): Gutierrez 4 0-4 8, ...

The survival game: Eagles pull away in win over Central

TYRONE — Sometimes a game looks much better on paper than it plays out on the court. That was the case Wednesday night when two of the better boys basketball programs in the area, Tyrone and Central, both struggled with their games — for good reasons. The Scarlet Dragons were without ...

Another league win for Altoona

The Altoona Mountain Lions are developing into one of the real feel-good stories in the Mid-Penn Conference’s Commonwealth Division. Led by first-year coach Jarrod Klausman, the Lions are 5-2 in conference play and 7-4 overall. Thanks to a strong fourth-quarter, they knocked off Carlisle, ...

Trio helps BG get by Penn Cambria

CRESSON — Leah Homan, Sophia Warner and Jamison Consiglio each scored nine points as Bishop Guilfoyle held off Penn Cambria, 50-48, in Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference action on Wednesday night in high school girls basketball. The win improved the Lady Marauders to 10-3 while the Lady ...

Fast starts part of early success for Bishop Guilfoyle

The Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School boys basketball program has enjoyed significant success over the past two seasons, reaching the PIAA Class 2A state championship game last March and bolting to ten wins in its first 11 games this year. Yet, BG coach Chris Drenning has pinpointed at ...

Duo help Bishop Carroll pull away from rival CC

EBENSBURG — After a close start, Bishop Carroll pulled away from cross-town rival Central Cambria for a 59-39 win Wednesday night in boys high school basketball action. Nolan Burk led the Huskies with 24 points and Tristan McDannell added 20 points. Central Cambria received 15 points from ...

Campbell sets Blair record

CLAYSBURG — Alli Campbell tied the all-time Blair County scoring record for any basketball player, boys or girls, with a 3-pointer in Tuesday night’s game at Claysburg-Kimmel. Moments later, the Bellwood-Antis senior broke the record — previously held by former teammate Karson Swogger — ...

Bellwood-Antis star maintains humility

CLAYSBURG — When Tuesday’s game at Claysburg-Kimmel was briefly stopped to honor Alli Campbell’s Blair County scoring record-breaking basket, it may have been the only moment Campbell felt out of place during the game. She was trying to get back on defense. Suddenly, teammates were ...

Tyrone rallies in 2nd half before losing in OT

JOHNSTOWN — Tyrone overcame an 11-point halftime deficit to tie the game going into the fourth quarter, then a six-point deficit in the final minute to force overtime. However, the Golden Eagles could not overcome foul trouble. Without Damon Gripp and Brandon Lucas, who fouled out in ...

Eagles’ Ramsey part of strong defensive effort

MARTINSBURG — Stephanie Ramsey might as well have been playing with her hair on fire. It’s the only way to properly explain how she was able to contort her 5-foot-4 frame in order to cause disruption at the top of the key for Tyrone all game long. Along with Ramsey, the rest of the ...

Balanced attack key for Lady Pirates

WILLIAMSBURG — Jayla Woodruff led a balanced attack with 16 points in Williamsburg’s 68-31 win over West Branch Tuesday night in girls high school basketball action. Kendel Norris added 12 points to go with 11 each from Madison Bem and Jade Carper for the Lady Pirates, who improved to ...

Athlete of Week: Versatile Charles ‘special player’

Name: P.J. Charles School: Altoona Area Age: 17 Grade: Senior Sport: Basketball Athlete of the week achievement: Charles scored 20 points, including 14 in the second half, and grabbed 15 rebounds in the Mountain Lions’ 53-48 victory over county rival Hollidaysburg. Season update: ...

Athlete of Week: Smith a ‘dream’ player to coach

Name: Halee Smith School: Juniata Valley Age: 18 Grade: Senior Sport: Basketball Athlete of the week achievement: Smith had 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting, three rebounds and four assists in a blowout win over West Branch, and she had 32 points on 11-of-17 shooting with seven rebounds in a ...

Sluggish start dooms Altoona

The Altoona Lady Lions couldn’t seem to find any semblance of an offensive rhythm in the first half Monday night. And the Cumberland Valley Lady Eagles had an answer for every one of Altoona’s second-half rallies to squash any hopes of a comeback. In a battle of two of the top-tier ...