Basketball preview capsules
District 6 Class 3A girls final
Teams: Cambria Heights Lady Highlanders (22-3) vs. Tyrone Lady Eagles (20-3)
Site, time: Mount Aloysius Athletic Convocation and Wellness Center, 6 p.m., tonight
The coaches: Cambria Heights — Amber Fees (58-92, five years). Tyrone — Luke Rhoades (218-120, 14 years)
Playoff path: Cambria Heights — defeated West Shamokin, 61-40, in District 6 Class 3A quarterfinals; defeated Penn Cambria, 61-47, in semifinals. Tyrone — defeated Penns Valley, 69-42, in quarterfinals; defeated United, 62-51, in semifinals.
Starting lineups: Cambria Heights — PG Kirsten Weakland, jr., 22; G Abby Lobick, sr., 12; G Chloe Weakland, sr., 33; F Jade Snedden, jr., 20; F Emily Henry, sr., 41. Tyrone — PG Stephanie Ramsey, so., 3; G Shannon Shaw, jr., 10; G Jaida Parker, so., 14; G-F Lindsay Fusco, sr., 4; F Emma Getz, so., 12
Key reserves: Cambria Heights — G Paige Jones, jr., 11. Tyrone — F Kayelin Gibbons, fr., 20; G Maci Brodzina, so., 31; F Chesney Saltsgiver, jr., 13
Who they get: The winner will play the fifth-place finisher from the WPIAL in the first round of the state tournament. The loser will play the WPIAL’s fourth-place finisher.
Notable: Cambria Heights won its only girls basketball district title during the 1983-84 season under coach Sandy Murphy. The Lady Highlanders defeated Central Cambria, 63-48, behind a 20-point, 14-rebound effort from Melinda Selby and 17 points from Susie Haluska. … Tyrone won its only girls district title in 1994, led by first-team Altoona Mirror All-Star Ashley Norris. … Fusco is Tyrone’s only senior. … The Lady Eagles lost to West Shamokin in the 2017 District 6 Class 3A championship game. … The teams have only one common opponent in Penn Cambria. Tyrone defeated the Lady Panthers by seven early in the season, and Heights beat them twice, by 38 in the regular season and by 14 in the semifinals.
District 5 Class 2A girls final
Teams: Windber Lady Ramblers (18-6) vs. Everett Lady Warriors (18-6)
Site, time: University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Sports Center, 6:30 p.m., tonight
The coaches: Windber — Cory Pavlosky (128-63, eight years). Everett — Keith Moyer (292-94, 15 years)
Playoff path: Windber — defeated Southern Fulton, 39-34, in District 5 Class 2A semifinals. Everett — defeated North Star, 67-40, in semifinals.
Starting lineups: Windber — G Alayna Elliott, sr., 5; G Kortney Karl, sr., 2; G-F Rylee Ott, fr., 11; F Kylie Ashbrook, jr., 33; F Amanda Cominsky, jr., 40. Everett — G Kaitlyn Maxwell, sr., 14; G Kristen Ewing, sr., 5; G Gabby Bulger, sr., 12; G-F Annie Nave, jr., 3; F Alex Iseminger, sr., 25
Key reserves: Windber — F Samantha Horner, fr., 31; F Alexis James, fr., 25. Everett — G Lainie Treece, so., 22; G Ashlyn Hicks, so., 24
Who they get: The winner will play the fifth-place finisher from the WPIAL. The loser will play District 6 champion Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic.
Notable: Gina Gaye, a sophomore for Windber averaging more than 14 points per game, is out for the season with an injury. … This is a rematch from last year’s championship game won by Everett, 63-42. … The Lady Warriors went on to win three state playoff games and make the PIAA semifinals. Windber lost to state champion Bellwood-Antis in the first round after leading throughout most of the first half. … Elliott scored her 1,000th career point for Windber in the semifinal victory over Southern Fulton. … Maxwell went over 2,000 career points during the Inter-County Conference championship game.
— Compiled by Michael Boytim