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2021 Basketball Playoffs

2021 District 10 Girls’ Basketball Playoff Primer

Warren's Riley Childress. Photo by Jeff Parkin

The 2020-21 season was anything but conventional, and after a wild ride, the District 10 girls’ playoffs have arrived. 

Just the district champion will advance in each classification, with a number of great games and potential matchups on the horizon. Be sure to check out the basketball playoff hub here

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Here’s a look at how each classification stacks up. 

Class 5A

The Favorites: No. 1 Warren, No. 2 Slippery Rock

The Challenger: No. 3 Grove City

The Sleeper: No. 4 Harbor Creek 

Rest of the Field: No. 5 HIckory, No. 6 General McLane, No. 7 Conneaut, No. 8 Franklin

Top seed Warren (19-3) and Region 5 champion Slippery Rock (13-3) both put together dominant regular seasons. The Dragons come in winners of eight-straight games and are led by the dynamic duo of juniors Emma Ruhlman (15.5 ppg,) and Riley Childress (14.3 ppg.). Ruhlman surpassed the 1,000-point mark last week, and Childress has a chance to join her with a strong postseason. They also possess a wealth of experience and talent with seniors Kelsey Stuart and Teagan Paris, as well as sophomore Gracie Ruhlman and freshmen Sammie Ruhlman and Halle Kuzminski. 

The Rockets, meanwhile, come in winners of five of their last six, with their only blemish a 3-point loss to Mercyhurst Prep in their regular season finale. Like Warren, they also feature a blend of experienced upperclassmen and talented younger players. 1,000-point scorer Anna Kadulbek (13.4 ppg.) leads the way offensively, as well as Kelly Benson (9.5 ppg.), Hallie Raabe (8.3 ppg.), Maryann Ackerman (6.7 ppg.) and Ella McDermott (6.7 ppg.). 

While both Warren and Slippery Rock enter red-hot, it’s actually Grove City (14-3) that is the defending D10 champ, knocking off both the Dragons and Rockets a season ago. The Eagles are led by a talented duo of 1,000-point scorers, Clara Hannon (13.3 ppg.) and Becca Santom (13.2 ppg.). They also feature Hannah Reiber, Emma Santom, Allie Lewis and Piper Como, among others. 

Slippery Rock’s Anna Kadlubek.

Harbor Creek (10-11) features one of the top scorers in the field in sophomore forward Samantha Zank (12.1 ppg.), who has had some big games this season. 

No. 5 Hickory (8-11) – Aniyah Anderson (13.1 ppg.), McKenzie Gustas (7.8 ppg.). Emily Duncan (6.1 ppg.)

No. 6  General McLane (5-9) – Emily Hess (13.3 ppg.), Ellie Shade (5.6 ppg.), Louisa Opp (4.7 ppg.)

No. 7 Conneaut (7-11) – Rylee Jones (10.6 ppg.), Emma Stevenson (6.9 ppg.), Jaelyn Blood (6.6 ppg.)

No. 8 Franklin (8-13) – Camdon Bashor (11.6 ppg.), Lauren Billingsley (6.8 ppg.), Reilly Phipps (5.9 ppg.)


The Favorites: No. 1 Mercyhurst Prep, No. 2 Fairview

The Challengers: No. 3 Greenville, No. 4 Lakeview

Rest of the Field: No. 5 Girard, No. 6 Sharpsville, No. 7 North East

Mercyhurst Prep (19-0) and Fairview (17-3) played a pair of hotly contested games this season, both going the way of the Lakers, 38-35 and 42-38. The Lakers were dominant this season, winning by an average of just over 27 points per game. Freshman Olivia Kulyk leads a talented offensive squad at 13.4 ppg., which also includes Anna Tranum (12.1 ppg.), Lillirose Lang (12.1 ppg.), Caylen Spano (5.7 ppg.), and Laina Finzaao (4.0 ppg.). 

The Tigers’ only other loss this season came to the top seed in Class 5A, Warren. They have been a dominant defensive team all season, giving up an average of just over 24 points per game. On the offensive end, they feature a balanced attack led by Hope Garrity (12.9 ppg.), as well as Sammy Momeyer (6.4 ppg.), Caroline Zentiz (6.2 ppg.), Sara Gennuso (5.7 ppg.), and Abby McCall (5.6 ppg.). 

Greenville (15-2) and Lakeview (15-3) show just how deep the field is in Class 3A, as they finished with identical 9-1 records in Region 3, with their only losses coming at the hands of one another. The Sailors have won four in a row coming into the postseason. They feature a pair of talented scorers in juniors Reese Gadsby (16.5 ppg.) and Amber Sefton (10.9 ppg.). They also give up less than 28 points per game. 

Greenville, meanwhile, also comes in winners of four straight. Like the other top teams in this field, they are a stout defensive squad, giving up fewer than 30 points per contest. Offensively, they feature a number of players who are capable of leading the way on any given night, led by Jaidah Rosario (13.8 ppg.), Josie Lewis (11.1 ppg.), Grace Cano (8.9 ppg.), and Amy Batt (7.5 ppg.). 

Girard (12-7) comes in winners of six of seven. They feature Kayla Sharman (15.9 ppg.), Courtney McDonald (10.6 ppg.) and Amber Carr (6.8 ppg.)

No. 6 Sharpsville (7-9) – Cassie Dancak (7.4 ppg.), Alli Davis (7.3 ppg.), Breanna Hanley (6.2 ppg.)

No. 7 North East (8-9) – Alex Cozzens (10.2 ppg.), Kami Mayes (8.9 ppg.), Grace Sanfillip (7.2 ppg.) 


The Favorite: No. 1 West Middlesex

The Challengers: No. 2 Cambridge Springs, No. 3 Maplewood

The Sleeper: No. 4 Saegertown

Rest of the Field: No. 5 Mercer, No. 6 Seneca, No. 7 Cochranton, No. 8 Reynolds

Top seed West Middlesex (11-4) and No. 2 seed Cambridge Springs (15-3) lead a talented field. The Big Reds have a championship pedigree and come in winners of 10 of 11, with their lone loss in that span coming to Kennedy Catholic. They are led by a trio of talented juniors (14.3 ppg.), Emily Anthony (12.6 ppg.) and Taylor Tomko (8.3 ppg.). 

Cambridge Springs enters the game with an 8-game winning streak, with their last loss coming to Maplewood on Feb. 8. They are a stout defensive squad, giving up less than 30 points per game. Junior Maddie Yanc is one of the most gifted scorers in the field, checking in at 17.4 ppg. The Blue Devils also feature Makenzie Yanc (7.3 ppg.), Jordyn Wheeler (7.3 ppg.), and Hailee Rodgers (6.7 ppg.). 

Maplewood (12-5) is a serious threat in this field as well, although their first-round opponent, Seneca, did beat them 39-34 on Feb. 24. They feature a talented trio of Sadie Thomas (15.9 ppg.), Izzy Eimer (12.2 ppg.), and Bailey Varndell (8.2 ppg.). Eimer and Varndell are strong 3-point shooters, while Thomas has an impressive inside-out game. 

Saegertown (11-4) owns a win over Cambridge Springs this season and is a strong contender as well. They give up just a shade over 32 points per game. Offensively, Mollie Przybrowski (10.7 ppg.), Averie Braymer (7.6 ppg.), Dixie Kindervater (6.9 ppg.) and Ava Jones (6.6 ppg.) lead the way.

Cambridge Springs’ Maddie Yanc (24). Photo by Jeff Parkin.

No. 5 Mercer (11-8) – Julia Balaski (9.1 ppg.), Peyton Miller (7.7 ppg.) Mackenzie Baker (5.9 ppg.)

No. 6 Seneca (13-8) – May Kent (13.0 ppg.), Julia Patterson (6.0 ppg.), Sam Hartman (5.0 ppg.), Taylor Klick (5.0 ppg.)

No. 7 Cochranton (9-10) – Lexie Moore (13.9 ppg.), Jaylin McGill (8.8 ppg.), Riley Harvey (8.8 ppg.)

No. 8 Reynolds (8-9) – Halle Murcko (12.8 ppg.), Mackenzie Herman (9.2 ppg.), Chloe McLaughlin (6.3 ppg.)


No. 1 Erie (2-9) at No. 1 McDowell (14-4) – Tuesday, March 9

Don’t let the record fool you, Erie is a talented team. The two squads met twice during the regular season – both wins by McDowell, 30-15 and 54-40. McDowell’s only four losses came to Villa (twice), Warren and Hampton. The Trojans feature senior forward Emina Selimovic. The Siena commit averages 13.4 ppg., followed by Sydney Keinath (9.2 ppg.) and Jessica Hetz (7.6 ppg.).

Erie is led by talented guard D’Auzhanay Harden (8.7 ppg.), as well as Torreuna Roberts (7.1 ppg.) and Arianna Mitchell (7.0 ppg.). 


No. 2 Fort LeBoeuf (8-8) at No. 1 Villa Maria (16-0), Tuesday, March 9

Villa has been the class of District 10 all season, going undefeated and winning by an average of more than 30 points per game. 

They allow just over 20 points per game defensively, and have a number of different players who can beat you on the offensive end, led by Rachel Majewski (10.9 ppg.), Carissa Dunham (10.4 ppg.), Jayden McBride (7.1 ppg.) and Ava Waid (6.7 ppg.)

LeBoeuf is led by Alee Young (11.1 ppg.), Torsha McCall (11.1 ppg.) and Montana Truitt (7.2 ppg.)


No. 2 Farrell (14-5) at No. 1 Kennedy Catholic (17-0), Saturday, March 13

Like Mercyhurst Prep and Villa, Kennedy raced through the regular season undefeated, winning by over an astounding 40 points per game. 

They played Farrell twice this season, winning by scores of 62-23 and 71-25. 

The Golden Eagles have a plethora of offensive firepower, featuring Bellah DiNardo (16.2 ppg.), Paris Gilmore (13.9 ppg.), Keegan McConahy (10.7 ppg.) and Hayden Keith (10.1 ppg.). 

Farrell is paced by Sanaa Brodie (13.8 ppg.), D’Eryah Stewart (9.8 ppg.), and Jaylie Green (8.2 ppg.)

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