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Mar 18, 2023




Teams: ten-1 Franklin Knights (23-four) six-1 Penn Cambria Panthers (23-five)

Web site, time: Armstrong Higher College, Kittanning, two:30 p.m.

The coaches: Franklin–Jason Fulmer. Penn Cambria–Jim Ronan

Playoff path: Franklin — def. Mercyhurst Prep, 71-68, in overtime in WPIAL quarterfinals def. Fairview, 52-40, in WPIAL semifinals def. Oil City, 55-39, in WPIAL championship def. Shady Side Academy, 75-43, in PIAA very first round def. Our Lady of Sacred Heart, 57-45, in PIAA second round. Penn Cambria — def. River Valley, 89-44, in District six quarterfinals def. Westmont Hilltop, 67-56, in District six semifinals def. Bishop Guilfoyle, 56-55, in District six championship def. Yough, 61-53, in very first round of PIAA tournament.

Probable beginning lineups: Franklin — G Damon Curry, jr. G Cole Buckley, jr. G Jalen Wood, jr. G Ethan Owens, sr. C Johnathan Leccia, sr. Penn Cambria — G Vinny Chirdon, sr. G Zach Grove, sr. G Easton Semelsberger, jr. G-F Luke Shuagis, sr. G-F Garrett Harrold, sr.

Crucial reserves: Franklin — G-F Aidan McCracken, sr. G Damarco Payne, jr. C Zach Boland, jr. F Dreyden Payne, jr. Penn Cambria — G Gavin Harrold, so. G Carter McDermott, jr.

Who they get: The winner plays either WPIAL fourth-location finisher Neshannock or WPIAL champion Deer Lakes in the PIAA semifinals on Tuesday.

Notable: Franklin has entered the previous 3 PIAA Class 3A basketball tournaments as the District ten champion. The Knights lost in the shortened 2021 bracket in the quarterfinals, 53-45, to Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic at Pleasant Valley Gymnasium. Final year, Franklin was upset in the very first round by WPIAL sixth-location finisher Ellwood City, 65-63. … The Knights almost saw their season come to an finish in the District ten playoffs when they had to win their quarterfinal game against Mercyhurst Prep in overtime. … Penn Cambria has won two state playoff games in the exact same season for the very first time ever. … Garrett Harrold is averaging 18.six points and ten.four rebounds per game, and Vinny Chirdon is averaging 13 points per game. … Penn Cambria has six players who have scored at least 155 points this season led by Harrold’s 502. … The Panthers met prospective semifinal opponent Deer Lakes in final year’s PIAA Class 4A very first round and won, 66-63. … Franklin has 3 players at least six-feet-five inches, which includes six-foot-eight-inch center Johnathan Leccia.




Teams: 7-1 Union Scotties (20-six) six-1 Williamsburg Lady Blue Pirates (28-1)

Web site, time: Armstrong Higher College, Kittanning, 1 p.m.

The coaches: Union — Rob Nogay. Williamsburg — Amy Hileman

Playoff path: Union — def. West Greene, 62-20, in WPIAL quarterfinals def. Saint Joseph, 55-40, in WPIAL semifinals def. Aquinas Academy, 52-35, in WPIAL championship game def. Clarion, 47-9, in PIAA very first round def. Elk County Catholic, 39-35, in PIAA second round. Williamsburg — def. Buy Line, 65-29, in District six quarterfinals def. Bishop Carroll, 55-41, in District six semifinals def. Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic, 57-39, in District six championship def. Saint Joseph, 86-40, in PIAA very first round def. DuBois Central Catholic, 48-45, in overtime in PIAA second round.

Probable beginning lineups: Union — G Kayla Fruehstorfer, sr. G Kylie Fruehstorfer, so. F Kelly Cleaver, jr. F Zoe Lepri, sr. F Kendall Preuhs, sr. Williamsburg — G Ayla Hileman, jr. G LeeAnna Royer, fr. G-F Jade Carper, sr. F Jayla Woodruff, sr. F Kendel Norris, sr.

Crucial reserves: Union — G Bella Cameron, jr. F Mia Preuhs, so. Williamsburg — F Laney Prough, jr. F Brooke Stewart, jr.

Who they get: The winner will play either District five champion Berlin Brothersvalley or District 9 champion Otto-Eldred in the PIAA semifinals on Tuesday.

Notable: Union also created it to this round final season and lost to Portage, 32-27, in overtime. It was the WPIAL third-location finisher final year and is the champion this season. … Kelly Cleaver scored a game-higher 14 points for Union in its 4-point win more than Elk County Catholic in the second round. Union also defeated ECC in final year’s second round, by 3 points. … Ahead of its overtime win against DuBois Central Catholic in the final round, Williamsburg had played in just wo games decided by much less than ten points, a 4-point and a 3-point win more than Bellwood-Antis. The Lady Pirates are outscoring opponents, 1,792-945 this season via 29 games. … Ayla Hileman leads the group with an typical of 20 points per game, and Jayla Woodruff is almost averaging a double-double with 13.four points and 9.four rebounds per game. … A year ago, Williamsburg beat District 1 champion Faith Christian, 43-27, in this round. … DCC coach Jordan Hoover complimented the Williamsburg girls following his team’s loss in the second round in a post on social media for displaying “one of the classiest moves” he’s noticed by an opponent when they consoled his group at midcourt and recommended they use the loss as motivation going forward as they did soon after losing at Bald Eagle Location Higher College final season.

— Compiled by Michael Boytim

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