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Basketball notes - Nothing easy about Mid-Penn playoffs

February 04, 2005|by TIM KOELBLE

koelble@herald-mail.com

The Waynesboro boys (13-9) won't know until later tonight who they'll face in the opening round of the Mid-Penn Conference tournament.

Commonwealth leader Harrisburg (15-0) hosts second-place Steel-High (14-1) and the Indians get the winner on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Central Dauphin High School.

James Buchanan's girls might need another 47-point night from Alicia Myers - who turned in that performance on Saturday against Tussey Mountain - in the Mid-Penn playoffs.

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JB (15-7), which finished tied with Shippensburg for the top spot in the Capital at 8-2, settled for the No. 2 spot in the tournament by virtue of two losses to the Greyhounds in the regular season. As a result, the Rockets get to face powerhouse Harrisburg (20-0) on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at East Pennsboro.

Tuesday's winners will play in the semifinals on Thursday, and the championship games will be settled Feb. 12 at Hersheypark Arena - just in time for the PIAA District 3 tournaments. Local teams qualifying include the Waynesboro and James Buchanan boys and the JB girls.

Opponents, dates and sites will be announced when the brackets are filled by the PIAA on Sunday.

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In Wednesday's 69-62 win over Urbana, Thomas Johnson's Nia Josiah had 30 points to lead the No. 4 Patriots.

It was the first meeting between the two schools this season and meant the first time Josiah was facing her old teammates following her transfer.

Josiah had nine points in a critical 14-0 run that helped bring the Patriots back from a nine-point deficit in the second half.

League races


Girls

In the MVAL Chesapeake, with its win over Urbana, TJ stretched its lead to two games over Urbana and Linganore in the loss column. TJ still must play at Urbana next week and host Linganore on Feb. 17.

In the MVAL Piedmont, Walkersville and Middletown are tied at 6-1 and still have a date remaining with each other on Feb. 23 at Walkersville. Winters Mill and Century are one game back in the loss column, each with losses to the frontrunners, and they, too, will face each other in the coming weeks.

In the MVAL Antietam, Catoctin and Boonsboro are far ahead of the pack. Catoctin (8-0) hosts Boonsboro (7-1) Tuesday and has already given the Warriors their only blemish in league play with a 67-51 victory on Jan. 14.

In the Mason Dixon Christian Conference, last night's battle between CVCS and Heritage Academy produced a sole leader. The two teams were each 8-1 in league play. New Life Christian, at 8-2, looms large and still plays CVCS and Heritage one more time.

In the Sideling Hill League, three games are left for Southern Fulton (12-1) and the Indians can't slip up, holding a one-game lead over Tussey Mountain (11-2). Southern Fulton travels to McConnellsburg Saturday, while Tussey meets winless Hyndman tonight.

Boys

In the MVAL Antietam, North Hagerstown (8-0) holds a two-game margin over Brunswick (6-2). With dates tonight at Boonsboro and Tuesday at home against Brunswick, the Hubs are heavy favorites for the title with four games left.

In the MVAL Piedmont, it's the same story as the girls, with Walkersville and Middletown tied at 6-1. The schools have opened a two-game cushion on the field and if all stays as is, the Feb. 22 showdown at Middletown will be for the Piedmont crown. Walkersville won the first meeting 68-51 on Jan. 27.

In the MVAL Chesapeake, five games remain for No. 1 Thomas Johnson, and unless the tent folds dramatically, the Patriots are on their way to the title after a 62-49 win over Urbana on Wednesday. TJ (7-0) now holds a three-game lead in the loss column over Urbana and Liberty.

In the Mason Dixon Christian Conference, Shalom Christian Academy bolted into first place, claiming a 54-38 win over New Life Christian on Tuesday in the battle of conference unbeatens. The two teams square off again on Feb. 15 at Shalom.

In the Sideling Hill League, Southern Fulton can't afford a loss with a tenuous half-game lead over Northern Bedford with three games to play. The Indians (10-3) have games remaining with McConnellsburg, Everett and Forbes Road while Northern Bedford still plays Everett and Chestnut Ridge.

Numbers crunching


Heading into Thursday's game against Broadfording, the Hancock boys owned the longest current win streak at 13 games. Thomas Johnson, Hedgesville and North Hagerstown are each on a nine-game streak and Maryland School for the Deaf has won eight in a row. Walkersville has won 11 of its last 12, including five straight.

Catoctin owns the longest streak among the girls with nine, while Heritage Academy had put together eight straight victories going into Thursday's game against CVCS. Boonsboro has won 8 of 9 and is on a five-game win streak.

Inside its eight-game streak, the MSD boys are averaging 82.8 points per game and have topped the 100-point mark twice.

In 12 of its 14 wins, the Hancock boys have scored more than 60 points while the defense has allowed more than 60 points only twice.

Wednesday's 42-41 win over Shanksville went against a recent trend for Southern Fulton's boys, who usually have to score more than 50 points to win a game. In their six losses, the Indians scored between 37 and 45 points. In their 15 wins, they have scored more than 50 points 13 times.

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