High School Basketball Playoffs
SF Girls Headed To PIAA Sweet 16
Win first-round matchup
SF 45 Halifax 42
Despite being outscored 2015 in the second half and feeling the heat from their opponents in the closing moments of the game, the Southern Fulton Lady Indians hung tight Saturday night to take the win from Halifax 45-42 in PIAA Class 1A first-round action.
Southern Fulton’s alltime leading scorer Olivia Mottern, whose injured ankle kept her out of the starting lineup for the last five games, returned to the court to top the Indian scoreboard with 21 points, including nine from the line. Emily Bradshaw, Drew Gordon and Lindsey Hollenshead each had six points. Hollenshead also pulled down seven rebounds.
Southern Fulton advances to the second round of PIAA competition, the first time since the 2012-13 season, on Wednesday when the Lady Indians take on Jenkintown at Milton Hershey High School. Tipoff is at 6 p.m.
MHS Girls Dismissed From PIAA Tourney
Catholic 43, MHS 24
The District 5 Class 2A champion Lady Spartans couldn’t keep their winning season alive when they met Greensburg Central Catholic Friday night in Johnstown for a PIAA first-round playoff game.
The Centurions took Mc- Connellsburg down 43-24, a disappointing loss for a team that went into the game with a 17-7 record and with 2,000- plus point all-time leading scorer Bronwyne Mellott onboard.
With a five-point advantage early in the game, the Spartans were forced by Greensburg’s scrappy play to let things go downhill, making numerous turnovers and missing baskets. Their performance from the freethrow line, 11 of 15, however, netted them nearly half of the points scored.
Although she was double teamed, Mellott managed to score 16 points. McKenzie Gelvin scored five points and Katelyn Truax sank three.
Spartans’ State Bid Ends
Lose PIAA first-round game
Bishop Guilfoyle 36,
McConnellsburg’s impressive season of basketball came to a heartbreaking end in Altoona on Saturday when the Spartans gave up their chance for a state title to Bishop Guilfoyle in a 36-35 PIAA Class 2A first-round squeaker.
Although the Spartans went into the game as the underdogs, good defensive play kept the Marauders from racking up the points. Lackluster shooting, however, and Chance Hawbaker on the bench for good halfway through the second quarter for a possible injury precaution, had the Spartans treading water to stay alive.
A do-or-die attempt by McConnellsburg to take the game in the last few seconds of the game failed.
The Spartans end the 2016-17 season 24-3.
Indians Go Down In PIAA Nail-biter
Southern Fulton 54
A 3-pointer in the last seconds of a hard-fought PIAA District 5 Class 1A firstround matchup with Williamsburg Friday night sent Southern Fulton home from Hollidaysburg empty-handed.
The Indians failed to keep what seemed to be a good lead after their top gun Dylan Gordon, who had 28 points in all, scored 18 points in the third quarter. Williamsburg came back in the fourth, however, to bring the game close. A drive to the basket by Gordon drew a foul that gave Southern Fulton three points and a 54-52 lead with 12 seconds left in the game.
Williamsburg answered the Indians call and sank a 3- pointer with just four seconds left on the clock to nail the win by one point, eliciting a raucous response from the spectators.
Southern Fulton ends its season with a 19-6 record.