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Mar 18, 2023




Groups: 10-1 Franklin Knights (23-4); 6-1 Penn Cambria Panthers (23-5)

Website, time: Armstrong Excessive College, Kittanning, 2:30 p.m.

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

Playoff path: Franklin — def. Mercyhurst Prep, 71-68, in extra time in WPIAL quarterfinals; def. Fairview, 52-40, in WPIAL semifinals; def. Oil Metropolis, 55-39, in WPIAL championship; def. Shady Aspect Academy, 75-43, in PIAA first spherical; def. Our Girl of Sacred Coronary heart, 57-45, in PIAA second spherical. Penn Cambria — def. River Valley, 89-44, in District 6 quarterfinals; def. Westmont Hilltop, 67-56, in District 6 semifinals; def. Bishop Guilfoyle, 56-55, in District 6 championship; def. Yough, 61-53, in first spherical of PIAA match.

Possible beginning lineups: Franklin — G Damon Curry, jr.; G Cole Buckley, jr.; G Jalen Wooden, 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.

Key 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 performs both WPIAL fourth-place finisher Neshannock or WPIAL champion Deer Lakes within the PIAA semifinals on Tuesday.

Notable: Franklin has entered the previous three PIAA Class 3A basketball tournaments because the District 10 champion. The Knights misplaced within the shortened 2021 bracket within the quarterfinals, 53-45, to Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic at Nice Valley Gymnasium. Final 12 months, Franklin was upset within the first spherical by WPIAL sixth-place finisher Ellwood Metropolis, 65-63. … The Knights practically noticed their season come to an finish within the District 10 playoffs after they needed to win their quarterfinal recreation towards Mercyhurst Prep in extra time. … Penn Cambria has gained two state playoff video games in the identical season for the primary time ever. … Garrett Harrold is averaging 18.6 factors and 10.4 rebounds per recreation, and Vinny Chirdon is averaging 13 factors per recreation. … Penn Cambria has six gamers who’ve scored not less than 155 factors this season led by Harrold’s 502. … The Panthers met potential semifinal opponent Deer Lakes in final 12 months’s PIAA Class 4A first spherical and gained, 66-63. … Franklin has three gamers not less than 6-feet-5 inches, together with 6-foot-8-inch middle Johnathan Leccia.




Groups: 7-1 Union Scotties (20-6); 6-1 Williamsburg Girl Blue Pirates (28-1)

Website, time: Armstrong Excessive 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 recreation; def. Clarion, 47-9, in PIAA first spherical; def. Elk County Catholic, 39-35, in PIAA second spherical. Williamsburg — def. Buy Line, 65-29, in District 6 quarterfinals; def. Bishop Carroll, 55-41, in District 6 semifinals; def. Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic, 57-39, in District 6 championship; def. Saint Joseph, 86-40, in PIAA first spherical; def. DuBois Central Catholic, 48-45, in extra time in PIAA second spherical.

Possible 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.

Key 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 both District 5 champion Berlin Brothersvalley or District 9 champion Otto-Eldred within the PIAA semifinals on Tuesday.

Notable: Union additionally made it to this spherical final season and misplaced to Portage, 32-27, in extra time. It was the WPIAL third-place finisher final 12 months and is the champion this season. … Kelly Cleaver scored a game-high 14 factors for Union in its four-point win over Elk County Catholic within the second spherical. Union additionally defeated ECC in final 12 months’s second spherical, by three factors. … Earlier than its extra time win towards DuBois Central Catholic within the final spherical, Williamsburg had performed in simply wo video games determined by lower than 10 factors, a four-point and a three-point win over Bellwood-Antis. The Girl Pirates are outscoring opponents, 1,792-945 this season by way of 29 video games. … Ayla Hileman leads the workforce with a mean of 20 factors per recreation, and Jayla Woodruff is sort of averaging a double-double with 13.4 factors and 9.4 rebounds per recreation. … A 12 months in the past, Williamsburg beat District 1 champion Religion Christian, 43-27, on this spherical. … DCC coach Jordan Hoover complimented the Williamsburg women following his workforce’s loss within the second spherical in a submit on social media for displaying “one of many classiest strikes” he’s seen by an opponent after they consoled his workforce at midcourt and instructed they use the loss as motivation going ahead as they did after shedding at Bald Eagle Space Excessive College final season.

— Compiled by Michael Boytim

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