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Basketball notebook - Pennsylvanis playoffs coming into focus

February 09, 2001

Basketball notebook - Pennsylvanis playoffs coming into focus



With the regular season winding down in Pennsylvania, the playoff picture is nearly set.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> In District 5 Class A, the Southern Fulton boys and girls are in great shape. The girls (17-4, No. 7 Herald-Mail poll) sit comfortably as the No. 2 seed behind No. 1 Berlin. They will get a first-round home game on Tuesday, Feb. 20. The boys team (17-2, No. 8 Herald-Mail poll) has ridden a 13-game winning streak into a tie for the top seed with Turkeyfoot Valley. With 4.58 power points, the twosome sit a full point ahead of No. 3 Salisbury. The Indians will also host a first-round game, on Monday, Feb. 19.

Barring a total collapse, the McConnellsburg boys should also be in the eight-team district tournament. The Spartans (9-9) sit at No. 6, but have a game left against Forbes Road, which sits just ahead of them at No. 5.

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HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> In District 3 Class AAAA, Chambersburg's boys are still in the top half of the bracket despite its recent losses. The Trojans (15-6, No. 6 Herald-Mail poll) have lost four of five, but are the No. 7 seed in the 16-team district tournament, and will face No. 10 Governor Mifflin at 8 p.m., Feb. 21 at Mechanicsburg. District 3 receives five bids in the state tournament.

On the girls side, Chambersburg (11-9, No. 9 Herald-Mail poll) left itself on the brink of a knockout, but survived. The Trojans lost four straight - all by less than seven points - in the Mid Penn Commonwealth but kept 16th and final district spot. They face No. 1 Gettysburg for the third time this season at 8 p.m. on Feb. 20 at New Oxford.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> In District 3 Class AAA, the James Buchanan girls pushed themselves into the playoffs with a win Saturday against Kennard-Dale. The Rockets (14-6, No. 3 Herald-Mail poll) have won seven of eight since a heartbreaking loss to Shippensburg for the first-half Mid Penn Colonial title on Jan. 9. They are the No. 14 seed in the biggest class in the district and face ELCO at 8 p.m. on Feb. 21 at Lebanon High.

That's about the size of it

Waynesboro's disappointing loss on Senior Night to Class A Fairfield was one thing. Their win against Class AAAA Cumberland Valley the next night was another. The only way Indians coach Tom Hoffman could explain it: That's basketball.

"The thing is, and how do you say it, it's the one sport ... you always think of 'Hoosiers,'" Hoffman said Saturday night. "(Cumberland Valley) is in the top of the league, (Fairfield) is in the bottom division. We're not saying there's no respect for us down here, but it does show that there's good basketball all the way around."

A long time coming

Three years of waiting against Williamsport. Seven years of frustration against Francis Scott Key. Fifteen long years of poundings by Middletown. All of those streaks are gone.

The Catoctin girls have yearned for respect this season, and when the Cougars don't think they're getting it, they've done something about it.

To stop all those losing streaks, Catoctin went and beat all of them - on the road.

"I don't know what it is ... I know they're finally comfortable with each other out there," Cougars coach Tracey Kelley said after the win at Williamsport on Tuesday night. "They're just a great group. This has been a long time coming for them.

"It feels nice. It really does."

At 10-6, Catoctin is on the verge of its first winning season in a long time - "I'm not sure, honestly," Kelley said. "I'd have to look it up." - and still have a shot at the Monocacy Valley Athletic League title.

"These kids never miss practice, they're never late for anything," Kelley said. "I think they're enjoying this. I don't think they want it to end."

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