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Basketball

BC secures spot in Class 1A final

EBENSBURG — Savannah Smorto did the one thing she possibly could to make Mara Yahner’s birthday easier, and that was to shoot lights out from 3-point range. The sophomore guard rained down five 3-pointers and scored a game-high 19 points to help the Lady Huskies race to a 61-39 win over ...

Tigers fall short to Trojans

CRESSON — When Hollidaysburg’s Ryan Stevenson drilled a 3-pointer with two minutes to play that cut the Golden Tigers’ deficit to just two points against Johnstown, the District 6 Class 5A boys title was up for grabs. Unfortunately for Hollidaysburg, the biggest man on the court went ...

Altoona girls beat SC when it counts

CRESSON — After a first half with not a lot of scoring, State College’s Maya Bokunewicz tried to get things going in the third quarter. The Division I Rice commit scored six early points to help the Lady Little Lions tie Altoona at 23 near the end of the third quarter of the teams’ ...

Mountain Lions down Little Lions for title

CRESSON — Altoona played just six players in its District 6 Class 6A boys championship game against State College at Mount Aloysius. Each of those players were seniors who have been chasing State College for a gold medal for four years unsuccessfully. Until Friday. The Mountain Lions ...

Basketball playoff capsules

District 6 Class 5A boys final Teams: Hollidaysburg Golden Tigers (14-8); Johnstown Trojans (21-3) Site, time: Mount Aloysius Athletic Convocation and Wellness Center, 1:30 p.m. The coaches: Hollidaysburg — Brad Lear (96-46 in six years at Hollidaysburg and 168-96 in 11 years overall); ...

Cold shooting in 2nd half costs Lady Devils

ARMAGH — Central Cambria appeared to have a comfortable lead for most of the first half Friday night. Leave it to United junior Maizee Fry to make the rest of the night not so comfortable. Fry scored six of her game-high 16 points in the third quarter, and cold shooting doomed the Lady Red ...

Williamsburg boys rally with big 4th quarter

WILLIAMSBURG — Adam Uplinger helped save what looked to be a sinking ship of Pirates on Friday night. The senior guard’s eight-point run in the fourth quarter helped rally Williamsburg, which trailed most of the contest and scored 24 total points in the final eight minutes, to help the ...

Bellwood boys fall to Hilltoppers

JOHNSTOWN — Timely long-range shooting kept things close early No. 7 seed Bellwood-Antis in Friday night’s District 6 Class 3A boys basketball quarterfinal playoff at Westmont Hilltop. However, the second-seeded Hilltoppers broke the game wide open with a huge second-quarter run that ...

Ramblers topple Tussey Mountain

SAXTON — It appeared that the Tussey Mountain boys basketball team may have figured out the Windber defensive pressure during what was an impressive second quarter. But once the Ramblers found their rhythm again defensively, it was just a matter of finding the offense to send the Titans ...

Bishop Carroll boys rout Blacklick Valley to reach final

EBENSBURG — One year removed from falling in the District 6 Class 1A finals, the Bishop Carroll boys basketball team made it a priority to right its previous wrongs and make up for past shortcomings. With a rout over No. 4 Blacklick Valley Friday night in the district semifinal, the Huskies ...

CH boys fall to LV

LIGONIER — For three quarters, the Cambria Heights boys basketball team had No. 1 seed Ligonier Valley on the ropes Friday night in the District 6 3A quarterfinals. However, a 20-10 showing in the fourth quarter by the Rams proved to be too much as the Highlanders saw their season end, ...

Marauders cruise into semifinal round

Bishop Guilfoyle has played with a purpose after each of its three losses this season, and has yet to lose back-to-back games. Unfortunately for United, it was the next team on the schedule after the Marauders lost their third game of the season just five days earlier. Chalk up another big ...

State of confusion: PC’s hectic play too much for Central

MARTINSBURG — Central coach Rob Mock knew what his team was up against with Penn Cambria’s relentless full-court press, and his squad spent the previous five days in practice working on how to beat it. But as Mock pointed out, “As much as you try to simulate it at practice, it’s not ...

Tyrone girls answer the call

TYRONE — The Tyrone girls basketball team started the playoffs trying to make a statement with an 11-0 run on Penns Valley in the teams’ District 6 Class 3A quarterfinal game Thursday. The Lady Eagles’ response to the Lady Rams’ counter punch of a 9-0 run might have been even more ...

Henry, Heights pass first test

PATTON — It was one of those games where Emily Henry was the biggest kid on the floor, and Thursday night in Cambria Heights’ District 6 Class 3A quarterfinal game with West Shamokin, she took full advantage. The senior was a strong presence both in the paint and on the perimeter, leading ...

Portage uses its nickname to perfection in victory

PORTAGE — Mustangs are known as wild, free-roaming horses. On Thursday night, the Portage Mustangs had free reign as they ran up-and-down the floor and all over Purchase Line from the opening tip. Portage used a run that spanned two quarters to blow out the Red Dragons, 70-37, in District ...

Bedford boys capture D5-8 championship

From Mirror reports PITTSBURGH — The Bedford Area High School boys basketball team won the District 5-8 Class 4A championship with a 67-65 win over Westinghouse at Taylor Allderdice High School on Thursday. Steven Ressler fired in 43 points to lead the Bisons, and Mercury Swaim scored 12. ...

Lady Tigers cruise to win

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Marin Miller kept Hollidaysburg afloat in the first half of its District 6-8-9 Class 5A semifinal victory over DuBois Wednesday by scoring 16 of her team’s 22 points — including a 3-pointer from beyond half court at the end of the first quarter. Her teammates took it ...

Rhoades leads Tyrone’s rally past Central

TYRONE — Tyrone Area High School sophomore guard Cortlynd Rhoades is comfortable shooting beyond the 3-point arc. “That’s kinda my role on the team,’’ Rhoades said Wednesday night. “It’s something that I try to do.’’ Rhoades came up huge from 3-point range Wednesday, and ...

Juniata Valley falls to McCort

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Anyone familiar with the landscape of Class 2A girls basketball in the state of Pennsylvania knows that Juniata Valley had a chance to win a PIAA championship this season. The Lady Hornets made it all the way to the 1A finals when this year’s seniors were freshmen and ...