PIAA Basketball Capsules
Girls Class AA
Warrior Run (21-6) vs.
at Lackawanna County College, Scranton, 6 p.m.
Warrior Run road to states: beat Southern Columbia, 45-36, OT; lost to Central Columbia, 35-31; beat Montoursville, 43-37
Warrior Run facts: The Defenders are competing in states for the first time since 1995. This appearance is the culmination of a six-year climb under coach Jon Weaver who inherited a winless team but has led it to five straight postseason appearances. Warrior Run reached states despite losing point guard Emily Webb to a torn ACL against Southern after she hit a game-tying 3-pointer with two seconds left in regulation to force overtime. All-time leading scorer Steph Shamburg came up huge in the district third-place game, scoring 24 points, grabbing 11 rebounds and adding seven steals as the Defenders erased a 10-point third-quarter deficit. Shamburg is averaging 15 points per game and Abby Fisher has had a breakout year, averaging 13. Fisher is one of the area’s most improved players and has done a nice job running the offense since Webb was injured. Freshman Madi Welliver has the potential to be a force inside and had a double-double against Central while senior guard Chloe Eisenhuth is a terrific defender.
Dunmore road to states: beat Riverside 49-30; Hanover 57-28; Holy Cross 57-45
Dunmore facts: The Bucks have captured seven of the last eight District 2 championships and have won 14 straight since losing to Holy Cross at midseason. Dunmore reached the 2011 state final and advanced to the second round last year, beating Muncy, 44-32 in the first round. The Bucks have three players scoring in double figures and have a nice combination of size and speed. Mariah Maciejewski, a 5-10 center, averages a team-best 12.4 points per game while guard Kayleigh Semion averages 11.7 and fellow guard Maddie Martin averages 10.5 and is an 82 percent foul shooter. Jill Korjeski, a 5-10 forward, is solid inside and Megan Connors sparks Dunmore’s swarming matchup zone defense. Martin (17) and Semion (16) combined for 33 points in the District 2 championship win over Holy Cross as Dunmore broke things open with a 13-0 second-half run. Martin was 11 for 11 at the line in that win.
Winner plays: District 3 champion York Catholic (23-4) or District 12 fifth-place finisher Philadelphia Academy (11-5)
Boys Class A
Greenwood (18-7) vs.
St. John Neumann (27-0)
at Williamsport, 7 p.m.
Greenwood road to states: beat Lancaster County Christian, 62-50, lost to Mount Calvary, 56-52, OT; lost to Lebanon Catholic, 47-45
Greenwood facts: The Wildcats are competing in states for a ninth straight season and reached the 2006 and 2010 Final 4. Greenwood plays solid defense and runs a methodical offense. Adam Harrison, a 6-foot-4 forward, averages a team-best 12.9 points per game and has hit 21 3-pointers. He missed the Lebanon Catholic game with an injury and his status for tonight’s game is unknown. He had 21 points and eight rebounds against Mount Calvary. Tyler Fegley, a 6-2 guard, averages 9.2 points per game and has hit 18 3-pointers. Nick Kerstetter, a 6-3 junior reserve, has hit a team-high 22 3-pointers, tied with sophomore guard Seth Ferguson. Fegley and Harrison were first team Tri-Valley League all-stars. Greenwood had won five straight league championships before finishing second this season. Ferguson’s older brothers both play at Lebanon Valley. Fegley and Harrison started on last year’s team that lost to Sullivan County in the tournament’s opening round. Greenwood clinched a state berth when it outscored LCC 20-10 in the fourth quarter of the quarterfinals, to break open a close game.
Neumann road to states: beat Muncy, 71-57; beat Mansfield, 74-62; beat Sullivan County, 61-48
Neumann facts: The Knights repeated as District 4 champions for the first time and are hoping to advance deeper than the second round which it has reached the last two years. Neumann is 51-3 the last two seasons and fought off challenges from all three district opponents, pulling away in the second half each time. All-state candidate Alize Johnson is averaging 24 points and more than 15 rebounds per game and has 18 assists in his last two games. Point guard Richard Allen is having a big year and the emergence of players like Nasza Short, Kevin Anderson and Njoku-Ibe Amanze has made Neumann especially strong late this season. Short had a double-double in a HAC championship win over Loyalsock and scored a career-high 28 points against Mansfield. Anderson scored 11 points against Sullivan and hit his first three shots and Amanze had 11 points and seven rebounds in that game. Neumann captured the Heartland Conference championship by beating District 4 Class AA finalists Lewisburg and Loyalsock.
Winner plays: District 12 runner-up New Media (14-5) or District 1 runner-up Phil-Mont Christian (19-5)
Sullivan County (19-6) vs.
Mount Calvary (22-4)
at CD East High School, 6:30 p.m.
Sullivan road to states: beat Lourdes, 50-38; beat Galeton 44-29; lost to St. John Neumann, 61-48
Sullivan facts: The Griffins are appearing in their program-record fourth straight state tournament and are seeking a first-round win for a third straight year. Last season, Sullivan made the long trip South and beat District 3 runner-up Greenwood at Hershey. The Griffins are a win from recording their third straight 20-win season despite losing four starters from last year’s team. Sullivan has won 64 games the last three seasons and held six straight district opponents to fewer than 40 points before playing Neumann. Senior forward Conner Wylie is an all-state candidate who is averaging a double-double. Adam Szklanka has played well down the stretch and Sean Flannery was the MVP in the semifinal win over Galeton, which also reached states. Jordan Beinlich has become a defensive stopper and Bob Polcrack is a big perimeter threat. The Griffins have won nine of their last 11 games and overcame second-quarter deficits to beat Lourdes and Galeton.
Mount Calvary road to states: beat Antietam, 61-59; beat Greenwood, 56-52, OT; lost to New Hope Academy, 58-35
Mount Calvary facts: The Chargers are making their state tournament debut and competed in their first district championship last week. Mount Calvary started 12-0 and overcame a 10-point third-quarter deficit to beat Greenwood 56-52 in the semifinal. Jason Kuntzelman, a 5-9, 1,000-point scoring guard, averages a team-best 15.2 points per game and has hit 43 3-pointers. He sprained his ankle against New Hope Academy but played through it. Josh Jeter averages 6.1 points per game but has come up big in the playoffs, scoring 22 points against Greenwood, including 16 in the fourth quarter and overtime. David Sturgis , a 6-4 forward, averages 11.6 points per game and has hit 33 3-pointers while guard Neftaly Perasles is averaging 12.3 points per game and has hit 3-pointers. The Chargers shoot the 3 often and have made 155 this season while averaging 64.2 points per game. Three of their losses are to state qualifiers New Hope (twice) and Lebanon Catholic. Mount Calvary has played once at CD East this season, winning there. New Hope had 18 steals against the Chargers in the district final. Jeter scored 14 points and made 5 of 7 shots.
Winner plays: District 12 champion Math, Civics and Science (11-14) or District 1 third-place finisher Delco Christian (9-16)
Galeton (20-5) vs.
Mahanoy Area (24-2)
at Martz Hall, Pottsville, 7:30 p.m.
Galeton road to states: beat Millville, 54-33; lost to Sullivan County, 44-29; beat Mansfield, 57-46, OT
Galeton facts: The Tigers are playing in states for the first time since 2003 and also have reached 20 wins for the first time since that season. Galeton is one of the district’s most improved teams and has won eight more games than last year. Galeton snapped Millville’s 5-game winning streak in the quarterfinals and led 21-2 in the first quarter. Senior Dakota Shadle has had an outstanding season, averaging 18 points per game while surpassing 1,000 career points. He was terrific against Mansfield, scoring 23 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. Jake Batterson has scored 15 points in both playoff wins and Bob Williams was a force inside against Mansfield. Galeton outscored Mansfield 11-0 in overtime in the third-place game and has won 13 of its last 15 games.
Mahanoy road to states: beat Notre Dame-East Stroudsburg, 59-32; beat Pius X, 62-42
Mahanoy facts: The Golden Bears captured their second straight District 11 championship and feature an experienced group that reached last year’s second round after beating Muncy in the opening round. Center Tyler Cavenas is a three-year starter and the 6-5 center is coming off a career-high 32 points and 12 rebounds against Pius. Guard Dylan Mahmod averages a team-best 13.5 points per game and had 16 points and 7 rebounds in the district final. Guard Larry McNeil is 6-3 and averages 11.8 points per game. All five Bears starters are 6-1 or taller and reserve forward Brian Miller is 6-4. Mahanoy can go inside and outside and has hit 169 3-pointers with McNeill hitting 44, Mahmod 37 and Jason Richmond 32. Mahanoy captured the Schuylkill League championship, edging Class AAA state qualifier Pottsville, 45-44 in the final.
Winner plays: District 1 champion Church Farm (23-4) or District 3 third-place finisher Lebanon Catholic (17-8)
Girls Class A
St. John Neumann (17-8) vs. Steelton-Highspire (10-16)
at Northern York, 6 p.m.
Neumann road to states: beat Sayre, 41-30; lost to Millville, 70-53; beat Mansfield, 60-43
Neumann facts: The Knights are playing in their first state tournament and have been making history since beating Sayre in the quarterfinals and reaching the semifinals for the first time ever. Neumann is the only team to beat Mansfield by double digits and overcame a five-point deficit midway through the third quarter to overwhelm 2013 finalist Sayre down the stretch. Undefeated Millville is the only Class A team to beat Neumann. Guards Meghan Trenholm and Emily Sholder have doubled the program’s 1,000-point club and Trenholm is the program’s all-time leading scorer. Sophomores Megan Helminiak and Baylie Gerrity have had breakout years and have been pivotal to the team’s success as have seniors Rachel Danneker and Stephanie Fernandez. Gerrity grabbed nine rebounds against Mansfield and also played well against Millville. Trenholm is averaging 22.7 points in three playoff games and Sholder had nine steals against Mansfield.
Steel-High road to states: beat Antietam, 73-35; beat Christian School of York, 51-28; beat Harrisburg Christian, 67-57; beat Halifax, 57-49
Steel-High facts: The Rollers are seeking their third state title in four years after capturing the 2011 and 2012 crowns. Last year, they lost in the quarterfinals. Steel-High overcame a difficult schedule and a rough start to win its fourth District 3 championship in five seasons. The Rollers lost eight of nine games at one point but hit their stride in districts. Steel-High does not have a superstar like Malia Tate-DeFrietas from their state title years but they are deep and balanced. Only two players scored in double digits twice during districts but seven players are averaging 4.7 or more points per game. Marlin Sanchez averages a team-best 9.1 points per game. Ceani Beaden averages 8.9 points per game and dominated the boards throughout districts. Hill had 12 points against Antietam and top-seed Harrisburg Christian in districts and also is tough inside. Ayana Flowers averages 6.8 points per game.
Winner plays: District 12 champion Parkway West or District 1 runner-up Jenkintown (19-7)
Boys Class AA
Loyalsock (24-3) vs. Trinity (12-12)
at CD East High School, 7:30 p.m.
Loyalsock road to states: beat Williamson, 98-45; beat Towanda, 85-73; lost to Lewisburg, 61-45
Loyalsock facts: The Lancers are seeking redemption and revenge Saturday. Loyalsock was dethroned as two-time defending district champions last week and lost to Trinity, 73-68 in overtime in last year’s state quarterfinals. Dominick Antonelli forced overtime, hitting a buzzer-beating 3-pointer. Loyalsock has four starters back from last year’s team but has lost two of its last four games, losing to St. John Neumann, 64-58 in the Heartland Conference championship. The Lancers feature a potent offense but scored only 26 points over the final three quarters against Lewisburg after building a 19-11 lead. Loyalsock is playing in its fourth straight state tournament and is trying to become the first team since 1991 to reach the Final 4. Junior guard Omar Little has averaged close to 20 points per game in his last eight playoff games. Kyle Datres averages 7.2 assists and 4.6 steals per game while Ben Sosa had 27 points and 15 rebounds against Towanda. Mike Pastore averages 11 points per game and Tommy Baggett had 11 points against Lewisburg. Sosa is Loyalsock’s tallest starter at 6-2 and it presents an interesting matchup against a tall Trinity team.
Trinity road to districts: beat Camp Hill 57-47; Columbia 57-52 and Hanover, 55-46
Trinity facts: The Shamrocks have made a huge comeback after starting 1-8 and losing eight straight games. Trinity has won 11 of 15 since then, including seven straight, and captured its first District 3 championship in three seasons. The Shamrocks were the No. 6 seed in the 10-team tournament and beat the Nos. 3, 2 and 1 seeds. Antonelli (6-1, 16.4 ppg, 47 3-pointers), Josh Trumpy (6-6, 19.7 ppg) and Brandon Kuntz (6-5, 7.2 ppg) started on last year’s team that reached the state semifinals and stunned Loyalsock after the Lancers missed six straight foul shots in the last two minutes. Trumpy, grandson of former Bengals tight end Bob Trumpy, had 19 points and 11 rebounds in the District 3 final while Antonelli scored 16 and was named the tournament MVP. Kyree Calli, a 6-3 forward who averages eight points per game, also was an all-tournament selection. Kuntz was outstanding against Columbia, grabbing eight rebounds and dealing seven assists. Coach Larry Kostelac Jr., has won 613 career games and combines with Loyalsock coach Ron Insinger to give tomorrow’s coaches 1,438 combined wins.
Winner plays: District 11 champion Notre Dame-Green Pond (17-8) or District 12 third-place finisher Delaware Valley Charter (17-7)
Mid Valley (22-4) vs. Lewisburg (23-3) at Shikellamy, 7:30 p.m.
Mid Valley road to states: beat Montrose, 58-54; lost to Wilkes-Barre Meyers, 52-42, OT; beat Riverside, 60-57
Mid Valley facts: The Spartans are in states for a second straight year after reaching them for the first time last year. Mid Valley has lost four games by 19 combined points, including three by nine points during the regular season. Two of Mid Valley’s losses are to Holy Cross but it bounced back to beat it 57-54 while capturing the league championship. Mid Valley overcame a 12-point third-quarter deficit to beat Riverside and reach states. Alex Prislupsky, a 6-2 senior guard, scored 17 points in that win and averages a team-high 20 points per game. He also averages five rebounds and 2.6 steals and twice scored 35 points in a game. He also has hit 46 3-pointers. Jason Kenny, a 6-1 guard, averages 12.6 points per game and had 18 against Riverside while going 9 for 9 in the fourth quarter at the foul line. He scored 31 points in a 74-61 win over Elk Lake. Martin Walsh, a 6-3 forward, averages 9.6 points per game and scored 22 in the semifinal loss to Meyers while blocking seven shots in a 58-37 win over District 2 Class A champion Old Forge. Point guard A.J. Gangemi averages 6.7 points and 1.5 steals per game for a team that averages 64 points per game. Loyalsock defeated Mid Valley, 63-54 in a hard-fought first-round game last year.
Lewisburg road to states: beat Wellsboro, 64-47; beat Southern Columbia, 49-35; beat Loyalsock, 61-45
Lewisburg facts: The Green Dragons ended Loyalsock’s two-year District 4 title reign last Saturday and snapped an eight-game losing streak against the Lancers while capturing the first district crown since 2000. Lewisburg dominated the last three quarters against Loyalsock, outscoring it 50-26 after the Lancers had scored 183 points in two district wins. Point guard Jesse Flannery had 12 points and 6 assists and joined Will Sigl and Matt Fedorajka in double digits. Sam Allen scored nine second-half points and averages a team-high 16 while adding 7.9 rebounds per game. Sigl and Allen form a big front line and Lewisburg hit 25 of 38 shots against Loyalsock. Sigl helped Lewisburg start pulling away and scored six third-quarter points. Nadir Boone was outstanding off the bench and has combined with Tanner Host to give the Dragons some good depth throughout the postseason. Lewisburg has won 45 games over the last two seasons and is seeking its first state tournament win since 2002.
Winner plays: District 12 champion Constitution (23-5) or District 3 runner-up Columbia (16-9)