8 Local Women’s Basketball Teams Get PIAA First-Round Assignments, Plus News, Ratings, Facts, Stats | girl basketball
Eight local women’s basketball teams – including a pair of District 3 champions – are set to head into the PIAA playoffs, which begin Tuesday night across the Commonwealth.
Here is the list, with some new and notable…
Sixth-seeded D3 Township Manheim get a tricky foe right out of the chute: undefeated District 1 pivot Plymouth-Whitemarsh, who is a nifty 29-0. That game is Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the PW at Plymouth Meeting, where the Blue Streaks (16-9) must cut the Colonials sniper. Abby Sharpe (13.4 points, 39 3 points). Conversely, P-dub must limit the shooter of Streaks Ava Byrne, who scores at a 17.0 clip with seven 3s over the last 10 games. Tall task for Township, but the Streaks are certainly battle tested for this game.
Fourth-placed Manheim Central takes out D12 runner-up Roxborough of the Philadelphia Public League Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at Cardinal O’Hara in Springfield, Delaware. According to the official PIAA chart, the Indians are 7-5 this season. Their objective: Limit the goalscorer of the day of the Barons Maddie Knier (21.6 points, 15 3-pointers) as Central (19-7) targets its first playoff victory.
Road trip – and a dreadful matchup – for No. 8 Lampeter-Strasburg D3, who must refuel the bus and head to McDonald, a Pittsburgh suburb, to face D7 champion South Fayette, who knocked out the triple reigning district champion Vallée des Chartiers for WPIAL gold. LS (15-11) must travel 258 miles by bus, one way, to Fayette South for a 6 p.m. tip Wednesday against the Lions (22-4). Pack plenty of snacks, Pios. FOR YOUR INFORMATION: LS men’s team also has a hell of a post-season.
League champion LL Lancaster Catholic, third in Group D3, will play at a neutral site – Bonner-Prendergast in Drexel Hill – against the No. 3 seed of D12 Lansdale Catholic outside the Philadelphia Catholic League in a tip of 6 p.m. on Wednesday in suburban Philadelphia. It will be the D3 LC Crusaders (23-5) against the D12 LC Crusaders (15-7) in this intriguing matchup.
Lancaster Catholic, which is known for its tight defense, has to slow down Lansdale Catholic’s top scorers, Gaby Casey (23.2 points, 21 3 points) and Olivia Boccelle (10.3 points, 41 3 points).
Pequea Valley, the No. 4 in D3, is back in the PIAA playoffs for the second time in three years, and the Braves (13-13) get a debutant – literally – in the first round: D6 champion River Valley (21-4) at Blairsville is in its first season as a varsity program. And the Panthers beat heavyweight Forest Hills for D6 glory – and a VP shot. The Braves must hike 222 miles by bus for this tilt, scheduled for Tuesday at 6 p.m.
Defending four-time D3 champion Linden Hall gets a ‘home’ game on Tuesday, when the Lions take on D12 No. 3 Belmont Charter at a neutral gym – in Manheim Township – at 7.15pm. According to official PIAA support, the Philly Pub League-out Tigers are 1-4 this season but have made the PIAA field. Linden Hall (14-5) is preparing for a state run after COVID-19 issues slammed the door the Lions last two seasons in the state playoffs.
Columbia, which fell to Linden Hall in the D3 final for the second straight year and is 24-2 overall, travels to Bonner-Prendergast in Drexel Hill on Tuesday for a 6 p.m. first-round showdown against the Penn Treaty D12 champion. (16-3) out of the Philly Pub League, which features jack-of-all-trades Franklin Salote (27.2 points, 11.9 rebounds, 6.2 assists). PT also needs to play good D against Crimson Tide’s sophomore Dynamos Brie Droege (21.9 points, 13 3 points) and Brooke Droege (15.9 points, 33 3 points).
Freshly minted D3 champion Mount Calvary Christian – who held off Christian School of York in a classic district title match on Saturday – gets a home game at Elizabethtown; the Chargers (16-9) host Shade (11-12), seeded third in the District Five, at 6 p.m. Wednesday. MCC is feeling great after winning the CCAC and D3-1A titles. Now the loaders need to slow down Shade’s star Jenna Muha (27.3 points, 14.8 rebounds).
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THE SCORING CHEAPER
Through the District 3 playoffs: Columbia’s Brie Droege (21.9 ppg); Maddie Knier of Mannheim Central (21.6); Lebanese Kailah Correa (20.8); Lancaster Country Day’s Genesis Meadows (20.5); Penn Manor’s Lily Sugra (17.7); Jasmine Griffin of Ephrata (17.2); Ashlyn Messinger of North Lebanon (16.4); Brooke Droege of Colombia (15.9); Elco’s Kailey Eckhart (15.8); Ava Byrne of Mannheim Township (14.4); Jayla Rivera of Lancaster Mennonite (13.4); Taylor Hehnly of Conestoga Valley (13.1).
Through the District 3 playoffs: Lancaster Country Day’s Genesis Meadows (53); Jeriyah Johnson of Lancaster Catholic (49); Morgan Miller of Penn Manor (45); Cara Tiesi of Ephrata (43); Mary Bolesky (41) of Lancaster Catholic; MacKenzie Burke of Colombia (40); Jenna Daveler (40) from Lampeter-Strasbourg; Kiersten Shipton of Cocalico (40); Katie Stoltzfus of Pequea Valley (40); Taylor Hehnly (39) of Conestoga Valley.
Charlie Detz earned his 200th coaching victory for Lancaster Catholic when the Crusaders knocked out Bermudian Springs 50-39 in the D3-4A third-place game last Friday. …Active LL League player reaches PIAA playoffs with 1,000 career points: Manheim Central junior Maddie Knier (1,323) is in the big club. She is down to No. 3 on the Barons’ all-time goalscoring list; Amanda Zern is second with 1,361 points, and Hilary Waltman sits atop the charts with 1,937. Knier needs 39 points to pass Zern and 615 points to pass Waltman — with another full season to go. … Two Penn Manor seniors ended their careers with the 900-point club: Morgan Miller (937) and Lily Sugra (900 on point). The Comets dropped a gut-tearer in the D3-6A win-or-go-home consolation game at the Red Lion last week, narrowly missing out on a state playoff bid. …Sophomore from Colombia Brie Droege is at 924 career points before Tuesday’s tilt against Penn Treaty, as she aims to reach 1,000 points as a 10th grader. Teammate MacKenzie Burkea senior, has 834 career points for the Tide.
THIS AND THAT
Manheim Township has 10 3s in four playoff games because 3-ball has definitely been in vogue this winter. Sarah Kraus and Keliah Santiago have three treys each for the Streaks on this clip. … LS aims to keep by Tony Fink coaching career for another game; the Pioneers skipper has already announced that this will be his last season on the bench and that he will take his team across the state to face South Fayette on Wednesday. LS has also shot well from the deepest part of the playoffs; the Pioneers have 24 bombs in six playoff games – nine per Kiersten Hostetter. And that: Maggie Visniski mark at a clip of 9.3 in the playoff lane. She was the clutch on the glass for the Pioneers. … Maddie Knier (18.2) and Rachel Nolt (10.8, five 3s) have topped Manheim Central in the scoring column in all five of the Barons’ playoff games. … Lancaster’s Catholic sniper’s last eight games jeriyah johnson: 13.1 points and 21 3, because it caught fire from the arc. In six playoff games, the Crusaders have 47 3-pointers; under Autumn Lipson has 33 treys off the bench, and those are her only field goals this season. She has no 2-point bucket in the Catholic States. …Pequea Valley Katie Stoltzfus has 15 3 in the last seven games for the Braves, who will get a River Valley team – surprisingly – after a D6 title in their first season as a varsity sport at school. Impressive. … After a sparkling 22-0 getaway, Columbia is 2-2 in its last four games; The Tide fell to Lancaster Catholic 43-42 in the LL League semi-final, before dropping a 39-30 decision to Linden Hall in the D3-2A final. That’s two losses, by a grand total of 10 points, against a league champion and a district champion, and against two teams still dancing in the playoffs. … Two years ago, Linden Hall’s journey to the state quarterfinals was marred by COVID-19, when the PIAA canceled the season. Last March, the Lions were ready for their opener but had to forfeit as they were in coronavirus quarantine. They’re looking forward to a deep PIAA run this time around. … I hate to call it a Cinderella ride for Mount Calvary, but the Chargers have nine losses and a pretty short bench. But they got hot at the perfect time, beating CSY for CCAC gold, before outlasting Greenwood in OT in the D3 semis. Then came Saturday’s surreal ending in the rematch against CSY, as the Chargers bagged their first D3 gold on their second trip to the Finals. Next: Try to slow down Jenna Muha and Shadow.
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