Ed Note: Andy H (@AndyBrackets), Jon K (@LLHoopsNEPbeat), and Dell (@llhoops) will be covering the PIAA this weekend. We will be updating scores and perhaps a brief wrap on some of the games. Jon K will have a feature on Dunmore/Delone Girls game in the Neast Beat section of LLhoops. NFHSNetwork.com will be steaming the games (you must purchase a subscription)- our part-time contributors (Eric Thomas, Warren Goodling, and Bruce Badgley) will be behind the mics all weekend.
PIAA Basketball Schedule
Thursday: March 21, 2019
12:00 Girls 2A
Bellwood 66 vs. W. Middlesex 57
Bellwood survived a push by Middlesex to capture its second straight PIAA crown. West Middlesex used a variety of defenses on Notre Dame bound, Alli Campbell (6’1” multi-talented Jn). Middlesex cut the lead to 5 two times in the fourth but Bellwood’s outstanding 3-point shooting (12/24) for the game was too much to overcome. Kuddos to W Middlesex’ Makennah White with a double-double in the finals.
Middelsex: Makennah White 18, Karsyn Rupert 13, Grace Mild 10
Bellwood: Alli Campbell 24, Sakeria Haralson 16
Middelsex Makennah White 17
Bellwood: Sakeria Haralson 7
2:00 Boys 1A
Sankofa Freedom Academy 83 Vincentian Academy 61
Sankofa had too much…too much size, speed, shooting. Sankofa cruised out to an early 21-10 lead and never looked back. Sankofa shoot 60% from the field (featuring a variety of dunks) and a sweet 50% clip from the 3-line.
Vincentian: Angelo Reeves 22
Sankofa: Derrius Ward 20, Khalil Turner 12, Kobe Devine 12, Scott Spann 26
Vincentian: Angelo Reeves 12
Sankofa: Scott Spann 8
6:00 Girls 3A
Delone Catholic 49, Dunmore 43
After Dunmore got a Moriah Murray triple at the end of the first period to trim Delone Catholic’s lead to two points (9-7), the Lady Bucks could not get anything going through the second stanza as the Squirettes got rolling behind the scoring duo of Brooke Lawyer and Bradi Zumbrum. DC’s amazing 23-1 run continued well into the second half to take a seemingly commanding 35-12 advantage, stunning the large vocal following from Lackawanna County. Dunmore began to swing momentum their way via some pressure defense and getting to the free throw line. After both teams trade triples with 6:06 remaining, Dunmore had trimmed the gap to a manageable seven points (39-32). Delone Catholic regrouped before one final push by the Lady Bucks via drives by Murray and Gianna Delfino to cut it to 44-39. The Squirettes, however, got some clutch free throw shooting in the closing minutes to secure the upset win.
Delone Catholic: Lawyer 20, Zumbrum 11, Felix 8, Hoddinot 7, Vingsen 3
Dunmore: Murray 20, Toomey 14, Delfono 7, Tallutto 2
Delone Catholic: 29
8:00 Boys 4A
Imhotep Charter 67, Bonner-Prendergast 56
This one featured everything you’d expect to see when these two Philly powerhouses get together – plenty of athleticism, acrobatic drives to the basket, and a few spectacular slam dunks sprinkled in to wow the crowd. Bonner-Prendergast used a 10-0 spurt across the first two periods to take a 12-5 lead before Imhotep responded with an 11-0 run of their own to go up, 23-15. While Isaiah Wong provided much of the Friars scoring throughout the game, the Panthers were getting more balance on their offense. The third period see-sawed between a 7 to 10 point lead for ‘Tep while the 4th quarter seemed to grind to a slow pace featuring a parade of trips to the charity stripe for both teams. Back to back slams for Dahmir Bishop wrapped up the state championship for the Imhotep Charter, 67-56.
Imhotep: Scott 20, Taylor 16, Bishop 12, Riggins 10, Knox 6, Wesley 3
Bonner-Prendergast: Wong 29, Rodriguez 14, Peretta 5, Watson 3, Edwards 3, Burnett 2
Imhotep: 32 (Knox 8, Taylor 7, Wesley 5, Scott 5, Riggins 4)
Bonner-Prendergast: 24 (Wong 7, Rodriguez 4, Ingraham 3)
Friday: March 22, 2019
12:00 Girls 1A
Berlin 41 Lourdes 32
Berlin rode a first quarter shutout , held serve and claimed a title. After a slow first quarter, Berlin strung together 11-0 run: three-ball by Zoie smith, three-ball by Zoe Harding, foul shot by Harding, and 2 layups by Alexis Yanosky. the rest of the game was fairly even. Berlin had a key play by Kiera Booth mid way in the third, as she blocked a shot on the defensive end, chased the ball down, and scored on a break away layup. Congrats to Lilly Bickel of Lourdes on a double double in the Girls 1A final.
Berlin: Alexis Yanosky 12, Sarah Smith 10
Lourdes: Lilly Bickel 17
Berlin: Zoe Harding 7
Lourdes: Lilly Bickel 10
2:00 Boys 2A
MCS 54 Guilfoyle 52
This contest had a little bit of everything….big plays, blocked shots, big-time three balls aMCS made a few more plays down the stretch and Guilfoyle had trouble stopping MSC when it needed to. The Guilfoyle fan base was the loudest of the weekend- so far. Plays of note: a beautiful give and go by Guilfoyle’s Luke Adams to Luke Ruggery in the early second period giving them a short lived lead of 19-17. MCS ripped off a 10-0 run to end the second period to take a 31-25 lead going into the third. Jihad Watson of MCS had a top notch block at the 2:00 to keep MCS in the lead at that point. Guilfoyle would takes its first lead of the second half on a three ball by L. Ruggery (49-46) with 1:33 on the clock. Back and forth down the stretch until a layup off a sweet assist by Jihad Watson. MCS would survive a shot and a turnover.
Guilfoyle: Jessiah Washington 19, Luke Ruggery 17
MCS: Semaj Mills 14, Nisine Poplar 12, Jihad Watson 17
Guilfoyle: Jessiah Washington 5, Luke Ruggery 5, Kyle Ruggery 5
MCS: Tvon Jones 8
6:00 Girls 6A
Peters TWP 62 Garnet Valley 49
8:00 Boys 5A
Moon 74 Archbishop Wood 64
Saturday March 23, 2019
Saturday March 23, 2019
12:00 Girls 4A
Bethlehem Catholic 60, North Catholic 49
Although North Catholic had a slight scoring edge through the first and third periods (23-22), it was a pair of 8-0 runs by Bethlehem Catholic which secured the 4A state championship for the Hawks. The first one came after North Catholic had taken an 18-17 lead midway through the second period. A triple by Abigail Brown, followed by two pair of Jaleesa Lanier free throws wrapped around a nifty, driving layup by Kourtney Wilson, gave Becahi a 25-18 advantage approaching intermission. The Trojanettes trailed by double digits in the fourth period (48-38 and 52-42) before getting a 7-0 run, keyed by the scoring of Tess Myers and Kylee Lewandowski to bring them within three points (52-49) with 1:33 remaining. Once again, Becahi would regroup to finish the game with another 8-0 run to clinch their second state championship in the last three seasons.
Bethlehem Catholic: Lanier 16, Wilson 13, Brown 13, Barnard 9, Rosario 5, Walters 4
North Catholic: Myers 20, Short 18, Lewandowski 7, Pospisil 2, Foster 2
Bethlehem Catholic: 37
North Catholic: 32
Bethlehem Catholic: 10
North Catholic: 17
2:00 Boys 3A
Lincoln Park 73 Trinity 72
6:00 Girls 5A
Chartiers Valley 53 Archbishop Carroll 40
8:00 Boys 6A
Kennedy Catholic 64 Pennridge 62 (2OT)