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Ten D9/10 Teams in Action Tuesday Seeking Berths In PIAA Quarterfinals

Union's Skyler Roxbury. Photo by Jared Bakaysa of JB Graphics.
            

A total of nine District 9 and District 10 boys basketball teams are in action Tuesday, with berths in the PIAA quarterfinals on the line. 

                  

In boys’ action, Elk County Catholic, Farrell, Cameron County, and Union are in action in 1A, as is Cathedral Prep in 5A.

On the girls’ side, Kennedy Catholic, Redbank Valley, Maplewood, and Lakeview take the court in, as does Mercyhurst Prep in 3A.

Here’s a look at Tuesday’s games.

CLASS 1A BOYS

                                      

(9-2) Union (15-12) vs. (7-1) Imani Christian (19-6) at Kiski H.S. 7:30 p.m.

How they got here: Union beat Turkeyfoot Valley 64-28 in the first round. Imani Christian beat Clarion 78-43 in the first round.
Who the winner gets: (6-2) Harmony/(10-1) Farrell winner in quarterfinals on Friday, March 17.
Union Leaders: Payton Johnston (16.6 ppg), Zander Laughlin (12.3 ppg), Skyler Roxbury (9.7 ppg), Dawson Camper (8.2 ppg, 11.4 rpg)
Imani Christian Leaders: Dame Givner (15.8 ppg), Alier Maluk (15.3 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 2.5 bpg), Virgil Hall (12.2 ppg), RJ Sledge (11.1 ppg), Avery Wesley (9.1 ppg), Nate Brazil (9.1 ppg)
Notes: Union won its first state playoff game in 49 years with its victory over Turkeyfoot Valley. Johnston scored 22 points and Laughlin 20 to lead the Knights … Union lost both regular season series against Clarion, who Imani Christian beat in the first round, but beat the Bobcats in the D9 quarterfinals, 58-48 … Imani outscored Clarion 30-5 in the second quarter to pull away … Wesley and Givner had 16 points each in the win, and Hall 14.

(6-2) Harmony (23-3) vs. (10-1) Farrell (21-4) at PennWest Clarion, 7:30 p.m.

How they got here: Harmony beat DuBois Central Catholic, 70-58. Farrell beat Geibel Catholic, 75-62
Who the winner gets: Imani Christian/Union winner in the quarterfinals on Friday, March 17.
Harmony Leaders: Jack Bracken (22.6 ppg), Cohlton Fry (20.5 ppg), Anthony Maseto (10.5 ppg, 10.2 rpg)
Farrell Leaders: Nasir O’Kane 12.3 ppg., Lamont Samuels 11.7 ppg., Danny Odom 9.3 ppg., Kylon Wilson, Khanye Matthews
Notes: Farrell enters the game on an 11-game winning streak … Odem, a freshman, scored 21 points in the win over Geibel Catholic, the Steelers’ second consecutive win over GC in the first round of the PIAA playoffs … The win over DCC was the second-ever PIAA playoffs win for Harmony and avenged a regular-season loss to the Cardinals … Fry scored 23 points in the win over DCC

(9-4) Cameron County (18-8) vs. 7-2 Union-New Castle (23-3), 7 p.m., Brookville H.S.

                          

How they got here: Cameron County beat District 6 champion Portage, 50-28. Union beat District 10 runner-up Kennedy Catholic, 65-45.
Who the winner gets: (7-3) Carlynton/(9-1) Elk County Catholic winner in quarterfinals on Friday, March 17.
Cameron County Leaders: Camydn Allison (12.5 ppg), Josh Smith (10.9 ppg), Ryan Shaffer (10.4 ppg), Landon Farren (7.9 ppg)
Union-New Castle Leaders: Matthew Stanley 15.9 ppg., Peyton Lombardo 10.0 ppg., Lucas Stanley 8.4 ppg.
Notes: Cameron County pulled off perhaps the biggest first-round surprise in 1A, dominating District 6 champion Portage. It was the Red Raiders’ first PIAA playoff win since 2015, a team led by Nate Sestina, who is currently playing professionally in Turkey … Smith had 15 points and Allison 14 in the first-round win … Union had little trouble in a 65-45 win over a Kennedy Catholic team that advanced to the PIAA semifinals a year ago … Union got 28 points from Matt Stanley and 12 from Lucas Stanley in the win over KC … Union is a combined 54-4 the last two seasons.

(7-3) Carlynton (18-7) vs. (9-1) Elk County Catholic (26-2), 6 p.m. at PennWest Clarion

How they got here: Carlynton beat D5 runner-up Southern Fulton, 63-35. Elk County Catholic beat WPIAL No. 5 Neighborhood Academy, 67-47.
Who the winner gets: (9-4) Cameron County/(7-2) Union-New Castle winner in quarterfinals on Friday, March 17.
Carlynton Leaders: Jaiden McClure (16.9 ppg.), Chase Jones (12.7 ppg.), Simon Schriver (9.3 ppg.).
Elk County Catholic Leaders: Jordan Wasko (9.7 ppg), Colby Nussbaum (8.0 ppg), Michael Jacobs (8.0 ppg), Wil Wortman (7.9 ppg),
Notes: ECC won its 49th PIAA playoff game in program history with the victory over Neighborhood Academy. Jacobs. Adam Straub and Wortman had 14 points each in the first-round win … Wasko has returned from a knee injury suffered in early February against Brookville … In Carlynton’s win over Southern Fulton, senior Austin Milliner scored a season-high 25 points, while Jones had 13 and Schriver 10 … Carlynton has scored 60 points or more in 14 of its 18 wins, while Elk County Catholic has not allowed more than 47 points in a game this season.

CLASS 5A

(10-1) Cathedral Prep vs. (7-6) Mars (17-10) at Westminster College, 6 p.m.

How they got here: Cathedral Prep beat (7-5) South Fayette 47-45. Mars beat (3-2) Manheim Central 61-49.
Who the winner gets: (7-2) Peters Township/(3-7) Lampeter Strasburg winner in quarterfinals on Friday, March 17.
Cathedral Prep Leaders: Jake Sambuchino 14.1 ppg., Amaree Pickens 11.5 ppg., Zion Barksdale, Semontae Lofton
Mars Leaders: Tasso Sfanos (25.1 ppg.), Ryan Ceh (13.1 ppg.), Remi Black (9.8 ppg.)
Notes: After winning all but two of their games by double-digits during the regular season, the Ramblers have executed in some tight games in the playoffs. They trailed by as many as eight before beating DuBois in subregional play, and held off South Fayette thanks to some timely defense in the first-round PIAA win … Lofton had 15 points and Sambuchino 14 in the win over South Fayette … The two teams have a common opponent in Meadville, whom the Ramblers beat three times, including in the D10 title game. Mars beat the Bulldogs 85-57 back on Dec. 3 … Black had 21 points and Ceh 16 points and 16 rebounds in the win over Manheim Central.

GIRLS

CLASS 2A

(7-1) Shenango (23-4) vs. (10-3) Lakeview (19-7) at Westminster College, 7:30 p.m.

How they got here: Shenango beat (6-4) Marion Center, 50-43. Lakeview beat (9-2) Moniteau, 47-40.
Who the winner gets: (10-2) Maplewood/(7-5) Greensburg Central Catholic winner in quarterfinals on Friday, March 17.
Shenango Leaders: Emilee Fedrizzi (15.7 ppg.), Kylee Rubin (14.0 ppg.), Janie Natale
Laekview Leaders: Emma Marsteller (12.1 ppg.), Kendra Seddon (9.5 ppg.), Kyndra Seddon (8.1 ppg.)
Notes: Shenango has won 14 consecutive games, including capturing its first-ever WPIAL title … Fedrizzi had 21 points in the first-round win over Marion Center … Kendra Seddon had 12 points, Kyndra Seddon 11 and Marsteller 10 in Lakeview’s win over Moniteau … Lakeview is attempting to reach the PIAA quarterfinals for the first time since 2006

                                   

(7-3) Burgettstown (21-6) vs. (10-1) Kennedy Catholic (22-4) at New Castle H.S., 7 p.m.

How they got here: Burgettstown beat (6-2) United, 57-52 in overtime. Kennedy Catholic beat (7-7) Brentwood, 77-20
Who the winner gets: (9-1) Redbank Valley/(6-3) Bishop McCort in the quarterfinals on Friday, March 17.
Burgettstown Leaders: Kaitly Nease (18.3 ppg.), Taylor Schumacher (15.2 ppg.), Eden Rush
Kennedy CatholicLeaders: Layke Fields (19.0 ppg.), Bella Magestro (11.8 ppg.), Izzy Bianco (9.6 ppg.), Monique Vincent (8.8 ppg.), Hayden Keith (8.0 ppg.).
Notes: Kennedy Catholic has reached the second round of the PIAA playoffs every season since 2011 … Keith had 24 points in the win over Brentwood, while Fields had 13, Vincent 12, Cassie Dancak 11, and Magestro 10 … Kennedy Catholic has won 19-straight games … Nease had 18 points for Burgettstown in the overtime win over United

(9-1) Redbank Valley (26-1) vs. (6-3) Bishop McCort (15-13) at Kiski H.S., 6 p.m.

How they got here: Redbank Valley beat (7-6) Serra Catholic 63-36. Bishop McCort beat (7-2) Freedom Area, 64-58 in OT.
Who the winner gets: (7-3) Burgettstown/(10-1) Kennedy Catholic winner in quarterfinals on Friday, March 17.
Redbank Valley Leaders: Mylee Harmon (21.1 ppg), Alivia Huffman (15.9 ppg), Caylen Rearick (6.7 ppg)
Bishop McCort Leaders: Gianna Gallucci (16.9 ppg.), Bria Bair (16.2 ppg.), Cameron Beppler (12.2 ppg.)
Notes: Redbank Valley enters on a 19-game win streak since its lone loss of the season to OLSH in late December … In the win over Serra Catholic Harmon had 22 points, Rearick 14, and Huffman 12 … Gallucci had 23 points, Beppler 22, and Bair 13 points and 12 rebounds in the overtime win over Freedom

(10-2) Maplewood (21-5) vs. (7-5) Greensburg Central Catholic (22-5) at Slippery Rock University, 7:30 p.m.

How they got here: Maplewood beat (7-4) Aliquippa, 65-47. GCC beat (5-1) Windber, 55-33.
Who the winner gets: (7-1) Shenango/(10-3) Lakeview winner in quarterfinals.
Maplewood Leaders: Sadie Thomas 12.1 ppg., Bailey Varndell 8.1 ppg., Savannah O’Hara 6.4 ppg.
Greensburg Central Catholic Leaders: Erica Gribble, Mya Morgan, Avery Davis
Notes: Thomas scored 23 points and Varndell 12 in the first-round win over Aliquippa, the Tigers’ first PIAA playoff win since 1994… Maplewood has given up 40 points or fewer in 19 of its 21 wins this season … Gribble, a freshman, scored 25 points in GCC’s first-round win over Windber … Morgan had 12 points, and Davis 10.

CLASS 3A

(7-3) Shady Side Academy (24-3) vs. (10-1) Mercyhurst Prep (22-5) at Slippery Rock University, 6 p.m.

How they got here: Shady Side Academy beat (9-1) Karns City 54-19 in the first round. Mercyhurst Prep beat (7-7) Waynesburg Central, 73-35.
Who the winner gets: (6-1) River Valley(7-2) Laurel winner in quarterfinals on Friday, March 17.
Shady Side Academy Leaders: Maggie Spell, Karis Thomas, Cassie Sauder
Mercyhurst Prep Leaders: Olivia Kulyk (19.2 ppg.), Lillirose Lang (10.2 ppg.)
Notes: Mercyhurst Prep made 14 3s in their win over Waynesburg Central. Kulyk had 22 points and Lang 17 … The Lakers are seeking to advance to the PIAA quarterfinals for the first time since 2011 … Spell had 17 points in the first-round win over Karns City, while Thomas had 14 and Sauder 10.

                       

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