Wednesday’s PIAA second-round games
Jenkintown (20-8) vs. St. John Neumann (18-8)
at East Pennsboro High School, 6 p.m.
Jenkintown road to 2nd round: in districts beat Morrisville, 53-22; Faith Christian Academy, 52-35; lost to Phil-Mont Christian, 36-31; in states beat Parkway West, 57-31
Jenkintown facts: The Drakes have reached the second round for a second straight year and pulled away in the fourth quarter to eliminate Parkway West. Junior guard Emma Dorshimer ignites the team and scored her 1,000th career point last Jan. 7. The three-year starter averages 20.8 points per game and had a season-high 31 against Germantown Friends. She has had 16 games with at least 20 points and sparked a 21-6 fourth-quarter burst Saturday. Dorshimer shoots well from outside but also is good attacking the basket. She has been in foul trouble the last two games, missing the third quarter Saturday and fouling out of the District 1 final loss to Phil-Mont Christian midway through the fourth quarter. Ruby Westkaemper and Madison Kremp also are strong players. Westkaemper, a senior guard, averages 10.2 points per game and scored 19 against Parkway West. Kremp, a senior guard, had 15 against Parkway and averages 8.9 points per game. Westkaemper and Kremp scored 15 of Jenkintown’s 16 fourth-quarter points against Parkway. Dorshimer had six steals in the win while Kremp had 12 rebounds and three steals. Jenkintown mirrors Neumann in some ways, not having a 6-footer and mostly utilizing a six-player rotation. The Drakes lost to Steel-High in last year’s second round and play solid defense while averaging 46 points per game.
Neumann road to 2nd round: in districts beat Sayre, 41-30; lost to Millville, 70-53; beat Mansfield, 70-53; in states beat Steel-High, 51-49
Neumann facts: The Knights have made history with their last three wins, first reaching the district semifinals for the first time and then reaching states and capturing its first state tournament win. Neumann stunned District 3 champion Steel-High, beating a team that reached last year’s quarterfinals and that won state championships the previous two seasons. The Knights overcame Steel-High’s distinct height and depth advantages while rallying from a four-point halftime deficit. Baylie Gerrity hit the game-winning shot on a turnaround jumper with 33 seconds remaining in a back and forth fourth quarter. Gerrity and fellow sophomore Megan Helminiak have come up big all season and Helminiak scored a playoff-high 13 points against Steel-High. Neumann is peaking at the right time and has played two of its best games against Mansfield and Steel-High. Emily Sholder scored 17 points, made eight steals and added six assists against Mansfield while Meghan Trenholm added 15 points, 12 rebounds and six steals. Both seniors are 1,000-point scorers and Trenholm, like Dorshimer, reached that milestone as a junior. Sholder has 17 steals and 11 assists in her last two games while Trenholm is averaging 21 points in the playoffs. Stephanie Fernandez has been one of the team’s best defensive players and Rachel Danneker has been a good rebounder off the bench.
Winner plays: Either District 2 champion Old Forge (18-3) or District 11 champion Marian Catholic (25-2)
-by CHRIS MASSE
Boys Class AA
Delaware Valley Charter (18-7) vs. Loyalsock (25-3)
at Cumberland Valley High School, 7 p.m.
DVC road to 2nd round: in districts, beat Audenried, 64-60; High School of the Future, 58-48; lost to Constitution, 79-75; in states beat Notre Dame-Green Pond, 60-45
DVC facts: The Warriors are coming off an impressive win Saturday against District 11 champion Notre Dame-Green Pond in which they snapped the Crusaders’ 13-game winning streak. Notre Dame played a sagging man-to-man defense in the first half to try and negate the team’s dribble-penetration but it backfired as DVC had one of its best shooting performances. The Warriors hit 8 of 19 first-half 3-pointers while building a 30-19 halftime lead. They hit only one 3-pointer in the second half and finished 9-26 from behind the arc. DVC is a fast, athletic and balanced team. Shahid Adams averages 10.7 points per game and the 6-1 swingman averaged 15.3 in three District 12 games. Dashon Giddings is another dangerous guard and scored 14 points Saturday while grabbing 18 rebounds. He averages 9.1 points per game, but also has elevated his performance in the postseason, averaging 16. CJ Wolfe averages 10.1 points per game while 6-3 forward Darius Wallace averages 6.3 and hit four first-half 3-pointers Saturday. Karl Lewis averages 7.9 points per game. DVC averages 58 points per game and allows 51. The Warriors gave the state’s No. 1-ranked team, Constitution a tough game in the District 12 final, losing by four. DVC usually goes 8-deep and has had a big bounceback season after going 10-16 last year.
Loyalsock road to 2nd round: in districts, beat Williamson, 98-45; Towanda, 85-73; lost to Lewisburg, 61-45; in states, beat Trinity, 69-52
Loyalsock facts: The Lancers are seeking their second straight quarterfinal appearance and are hoping to continue making a statement after losing in the district final. Loyalsock exacted revenge in the opening round against Trinity after dropping a heart-breaker in overtime in last year’s quarterfinals. The Lancers played intense from the start, opened a 21-point halftime lead and answered every Shamrock second-half rally. Omar Little continued his strong postseason play, scoring a playoff career-high 28 points while grabbing eight rebounds. Little is averaging more than 20 points in his last nine playoff games. Point guard Kyle Datres dealt 11 assists and grabbed six rebounds while Ben Sosa scored 17 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and dealt three assists. Sosa has come up big inside, espeically late in the season and also had a double-double in a district semifinal win over Towanda. He makes a lot of hustle plays as does Mike Pastore who had 13 points against Trinity. Tommy Baggett is the lone non-returning starter and has made some nice strides throughout the season. He also plays big and gives the Lancers another outside threat. He scored the game-winning basket in a 53-51 regular-season win at Lewisburg. Loyalsock has won 25 games for a second straight year and one more win would give it its highest season total in the 21st century.
Winner plays: Either District 2 champion Wilkes-Barre Meyers (21-7) or District 12 runner-up West Catholic (12-13)