A look at this weekend's state playoff games
CLASS AAA GIRLS
Saturday, 4:30 p.m. at Williamsport High School
Athens Wildcats (21-4)
District 4, Class AAA champions. NTL East Champions.
Coach: Kelly Burkhart
Probable starters: G Monica Dougherty (sr., 11.4 points); G Danielle Dougherty (so., 5.3 pts); G Rachael Donnelly (jr., 2.1 pts); G/F Danielle Stopper (sr., 8.5 pts); F Christin Dunkling (sr., 15.1).
Key reserves: G Mackenzie Warner (so., 3 pts); F Mackenzie Hafer (Jr., 2.7 pts); F Jensen Dunkling (So, 3.3 pts).
Notable: Monica Dougherty was the NTL East player of the year and she led the NTL East with 41 threes. Danielle Dougherty had 29 threes for Athens. The two are the younger sisters of former Villanova starter Kyle Dougherty. . . Donnelly is one of the top defensive players in the league. . . Stopper is a versatile player for Athens, while Christin Dunkling was second in the NTL East in scoring. . . Athens allows just 31.3 points a game. . . The Wildcats won the district title game 38-36 over Danville, their second win of the year over Danville.
Holy Redeemer Royals (20-7)
WVC Division 2 Champions, District 2 3rd place team.
Lineup: Alexis Lewis, So. Fwd - 20.6, 79.1 percent (91-115) from foul line
Alana Wilson, So. Fwd - 9.2, 70.3 percent from foul line, 38 3-pointers
Alyssa Platko, Jr. Fwd - 8.9
Lydia Lawson, Fr. PG - 2.6
Chelsea Skrepenak, So. G - 2.6
Sarah Warnagiris, Sr. Fwd - 4.3
Sara Altemose, Sr. G - 3.7
Brieanne Frascella, Sr. Fwd - 2.8
Notable: Very young team.... Alexis Lewis is their best player, one of the best players in the league. She can shoot from anywhere. . . Alana Wilson is their top threat from 3-point range. . . Lydia Lawson is a great ball handler and runs the point well for them.
Losses this year : Honesdale (D2 AAA semis), Nanticoke Area (league game), Pittston Area (nonleague), Scranton Prep (nonleague), Allentown Central Catholic (nonleague), Northampton (nonleague) and State College (nonleague).
They beat Pittston Area, 55-40, in the D2AAA consolation game to advance to the state tournament.
CLASS A GIRLS
Saturday, 7 p.m. at Martz Hall in Pottsville
Sayre Redskins (21-4)
How they got here: NTL East runner-up to Class AAA District 4 champion Athens. Won their district quarterfinal game 45-22 over St. John Neumann. Beat Northeast Bradford 50-27. Fell to Lourdes 37-27 in the final.
Coach: Bill :Trump
Projected starters: G Mollie Robinson (sr., 12.1 pts), G Elyse Skerpon (jr., 8.0 pts), G Kelly Villanti (jr. 10.3 pts), F Adrienne Malorzo (sr., 7 pts), F Kelsey Young (sr. 7pts)
Key reserves: C Paige Wampole (Fr., 1.6 points), G Katie Hurley (sr.), G Kristyn Tappan (jr )
Notable: This is Sayre's first ever trip to the PIAA Tournament. . . Coach Bill Trump recently eclipsed 200 wins between his time coaching girls and boys basketball. . . Like to play a slow down style with their three experienced guards. . . All three guards are good defenders and shooters. . . Malorzo and Young are strong defenders and rebounders in the paint. . Young averaged 7.5 rebounds, Malorzo averaged 6.2. . . Sayre has won 14 of its last 16 games. . . Sayre allows just 27.7 points a game on the year. . . Robinson is the school's all-time leader in threes and had 40 this year. Skerpon had 32 threes and Villanti had 30 threes for Sayre.
Tri-Valley Bulldogs (23-3)
How they got here: Schuylkill League runner-up was upset by Pine Grove 52-45 in final. Received a bye to district semifinal and held off Shenandoah Valley 46-37, then defeated Notre Dame-East Stroudsburg 65-31 in final.
Coach: Bob Felty Jr. (10th season, 188-55)
Projected starters: G Juli Weber (sr., 14.5 ppg), G Kylie Spickler (jr., 7.1 ppg), G Chelsea Stutzman (sr., 4.8 ppg), F Taylor Troutman (sr., 12.2 ppg), C Tara Nahodil (sr., 18.0 ppg)
Key reserves: G Brittany Smeltz (jr., 3.5 ppg), G Katie Dietrich (soph., 2.3 ppg), G Paige Doyle (fr., 2.1 ppg), F Lauran Deibert (sr., 1.7 ppg), F Carla Ney (jr., 2.4 ppg)
Total D11 titles: 4
Notable: Has won four straight District 11 Class A titles and appearing in fifth straight state tournament. ... Only two regular-season losses (Oak Ridge, Calif., and South Park, Pa.,) came in KSA Holiday Tournament at ESPN Wide World of Sports at Disney. â¦ Has ability to score in bunches and take opponents out of a game quickly. Will transition from defense to offense off a rebound or made bucket, but also extremely capable in half-court sets. â¦ Nahodil and Weber are both All-State players. Nahodil has signed with Seton Hall, while Weber will play Division I softball at the University of South Florida. â¦ Troutman does the dirty work and is a capable scorer herself. She missed the semifinal due to illness. ... Stutzman, Spickler and Smeltz are all capable scorers, especially from the perimeter.
Saturday, 6:30 p.m. at Northern York H.S.
Northeast Bradford Panthers (16-9)
District 4, Class A third-place finisher
Coach: Paul Burgert
Probable starters: G MaKaylah Holbert (sr., 5.8); C Alyssa Coon (jr., 6.2); G Calla Martin (jr., 10.1); F Angelia Laudermilch (jr., 15.2); G Maddy Johnson (so., 7.3).
Key reserves: F Lydia Werner (Fr., 5.9); G Shelby Park (fr., 2.3); G Alyssa Turner (so., 1.8).
Notable: Averaged 54.7 points a game offensively. . . Laudermilch led the NTL East in scoring in her first season with the Panthers after coming over from North Rome Christian. . . Three of the starters were starters on last year's district championship softball team. . . Young team with just one senior among the top eight.
Coach: Jeffery Chisholm
Lineup: G Malia Tate-DeFreitas (sr., 35.3); G Jazmine Blanding (8.6); G Amber Hess-Moore (9.3); F/G Khadijah Robinson (9.7); F Ceani Beaden (5.3); F Miyah Viera (3.6); F/C I'janique Simmons (.25); G Marlin Sanchez (3.2); F Ayana Flowers (2.2).
Notable: Tate-DeFreitas is the reigning Class A state player of the year and is committed to play at Hampton next year. In February she became just the ninth girl in state history to eclipse 3,000 career points. She averages 5.6 assists a game, 4.2 steals and 9.2 rebounds a contest. She also leads the team in blocked shots with 21. . . Robinson averages 8.1 rebounds and Beaden averages 6.6 as the team gets 33.5 rebounds a game. . . Robinson averages 2.3 steals and Blanding averages two as the team gets 12.4 steals a game.
CLASS AA BOYS
Saturday, 5 p.m. at Northern York H.S.
Wellsboro Green Hornets (23-2)
District 4, Class AA runner-up. NTL West champions
Coach: Todd Outman
Scoring: Jordan Jackson 14.6 ppg, Michael Pietropola 11.8, Joey Doganiero 11.6, Dylan Prough 9.6, Kieron Smethers 8.6, Matt Reese 6.1
Jackson, Reese, Doganiero, Prough and Smethers typically start with Pietropola off the bench.
Reese: 3 spg, 4,9 apg to lead the team.
Smethers: 6.6 rpg to lead the team.
Notables: Won the NTL West title, was leading Loyalsock at the half of the D4 title game before losing, only regular season loss was to Lewisburg 43-38 on a neutral floor, defeated Class AAAA Octorara on a buzzer beater during the regular season, won the South Williamsport tip off tournament. . . Pietropola and Doganiero key three point shooters combining for 83 threes on the year. Prough and Smethers aren't the tallest guys but are pretty athletic. . . Reese and Jackson are very good pressure defenders.
Jackson is going to Bucknell for xc and track and field. Jackson a 3-year varsity starter.
Delone Catholic (17-8)
Coach: Jim Dooley
Lineup: Brett Smith (13.9); Devon Moore (15.1); Jake Wiles (7.0); Andrew Austin (11.7); Tanner Orndorff (7.1); Jimmy O'Boyle (2.1).
Notable: Smith is a 1,000-point career score and Moore is a sophomore playing his first varsity season after a torn ACL last year. Austin hit a game-winning shot at the buzzer in the District 3 title game. . . Moore and Wiles each have hit 36 threes on the year. . . Score nearly 61 points a game on the season.
CLASS A BOYS
Today at 5 p.m. at Milton Hershey H.S.
Sullivan County Griffins (21-3)
District 4, Class A runner-up
Coach: Glenn Vaughan
Scoring: Conner Wylie 14.1 ppg, Kelby Mullen 12.8, Derek Wilkins 13.0, Zach Meyer 8.8, Lucas Hatton 2.8
Off the bench: Sean Flannery 3.4, Bob Polcrack 2.0, Adam Szklanka 2.7
Meyer lead our area in made threes this year with 59, including nine in one game against Bucktail. Center Wilkins (15) can also shoot threes while off the bench Polcrack (14) and Flannery (20) can hit from deep.
Wilkins and Wylie both average 6.7 rpg, Mullen 4.1 apg and 2.1 spg.
Notables: Lost to St. John Neumann three times this season, including the D4 final...lead Neumann at the half of the championship game... Beat Neumann in the district final last season. . . Mullen a four year varsity starter and good defender...Wylie (6'3") a very good player under the basket...Wilkins (6'4") is tough, too...Meyer (6'6") is big for a three point shooter.
Lineup: Tyler Fegley (8.65 pts); Josh Ferguson (12.9 pts); Adam Harrison (11 pts); Joe Sheaffer (1.2 pts); Ryan Kerstetter (13.25 pts); Nick Kerstetter (4 pts); Josh Noll (2.8 pts) Noah Lebkicher (3.0 pts)
Notable: Split a pair of games with District 4's East Juniata on the season. . . Ferguson led the Tri-Valley Athletic Association with 76 assists (4.75 per game). . . Kerstetter was seventh in the league in scoring and Ferguson was 10th. Ferguson was second in the league with 52 steals (3.25). . . Led the league in defense by a wide margin, allowing just 32.44 points a game, while scoring 59.19 per contest. Led the league by a wide margin in shooting 47.11% on the season.