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District 6 Class 2A girls final

Teams: Bellwood-Antis Lady Blue Devils (21-3); Juniata Valley Lady Hornets (21-2).

Site, time: Mount Aloysius College Athletic Convocation and Wellness Center, Cresson, 6 p.m. tonight

The coaches: Bellwood-Antis — Jim Swaney (206-35 in nine years at Bellwood-Antis, 484-229 in 27 years overall). Juniata Valley — Rachelle Hopsicker (143-56 eighth year).

Path to the finals: Bellwood-Antis — defeated Bishop McCort, 78-76 in overtime, in the quarterfinals; defeated Penns Manor, 63-45, in the semifinals. Juniata Valley — defeated Claysburg-Kimmel, 60-25, in the quarterfinals; defeated Blairsville, 48-31, in the semifinals.

Starting lineups: Bellwood-Antis — G Riley D’Angelo, sr., 10, G-F Alli Campbell, jr., 21, G Emilie Leidig, jr., 20; G Jaydyn Shuke, jr., 11; F Sakeria Haralson, jr., 22. Juniata Valley — G Hayden Taylor, jr., 12; G Avery Taylor, fr., 11; G-F Halee Smith, jr., 31; F Olivia Smith, so., 2; F Emma Musser, so., 32

Key reserves: Bellwood-Antis — G Macy Decker, jr., 5; F Olivia Musselman, jr., 44. Juniata Valley — G Lexi Reed, jr., 1; F Emily Jefferis, sr., 5

Who they get: The winner gets the loser of the District 5 championship game, either Windber or Everett. The loser plays the fourth seed from the WPIAL.

Notable: Bellwood-Antis has won two district titles, one in 2014 when it beat Juniata, and the Lady Devils won Class 1A and got all the way to the PIAA finals in 1990. … Campbell, a Notre Dame commit, reached the 2,000 career points mark in the Inter-County Conference championship game. … D’Angelo and Campbell were starters the last time Bellwood-Antis played for a district title two years ago when it lost by two to Bishop McCort after Karson Swogger couldn’t connect on a desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer. … Juniata Valley is making its fifth appearance in the D6 finals. The Lady Hornets beat Bishop Carroll for the Class 1A crown last year after losing to Carroll in each of the previous three. … The teams have split the regular season series the past three years. This year, both teams won on their home floor. Haralson missed the game at Juniata Valley. … Because the winner and loser of this game will go on opposite sides of the PIAA bracket, the teams could meet again in the state final.

District 6 Class 2A boys final

Teams: Bishop Guilfoyle Marauders (22-2); West Branch Warriors (18-6).

Site, time: Mount Aloysius College Athletic Convocation and Wellness Center, Cresson, 7:30 p.m. tonight

The coaches: Bishop Guilfoyle — Chris Drenning (126-53, seventh year). West Branch — Danny Clark (109-60, seventh year).

Path to the finals: Bishop Guilfoyle — defeated Northern Cambria, 80-13, in the quarterfinals; defeated Penns Manor, 86-46, in the semifinals. West Branch — defeated United, 74-42, in the quarterfinals; defeated Bishop McCort, 57-51, in the semifinals.

Starting lineups: Bishop Guilfoyle — G Luke Ruggery, sr., 3; G Kyle Ruggery, jr., 24; G Michael Montecalvo, jr., 35; G Jessiah Witherspoon, jr., 1; F Will Helton, jr., 12. West Branch — G David Guerra, sr., 12; G Ayden Gutierrez, jr., 11; G John Arnold, sr., 10; G-F Larry Cowder sr., 25; F Matt Fluck, sr., 3

Key reserves: Bishop Guilfoyle — F Andrew Yanoshak, so., 25; F Matt Kenner, sr., 13. West Branch — G Doug Kolesar, so., 24; G Chance Eboch, jr., 4; C Dalton Kristofits, jr., 42.

Who they get: The winner will play the sixth-place finisher from the WPIAL. The loser will play District 10’s third-place finisher.

Notable: Guilfoyle is seeking to repeat as district champion. It defeated Purchase Line in the final a year ago. It was the Marauders first title since beating Bishop Carroll in the Class 1A title game in 2013. … The Marauders have won 12 titles across three classifications. … Bishop Guilfoyle defeated Bishop McCort, 80-56, in the regular season while West Branch topped the Crimson Crushers by six in the semifinals. … The Marauders have made it to at least the District 6 semifinals in all four of Luke Ruggery’s years with the team and have played for the Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference title in all four years, winning two. … West Branch was last in the district title game in the 2015-2016 season when it lost 70-64 to Bellwood-Antis. The Warriors lost in the district final the year before that, 68-58, to Blairsville.

— Michael Boytim


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