It’s off to the PIAA state playoffs for 18 District 9 basketball teams this Friday and Saturday at various sites.
D9 champions for both girls and boys were crowned last weekend at Clarion University’s Tippin Gymnasium in Classes 1A, 2A and 3A. The top four finishers in Class 1A, top three in Class 2A and the champions from Class 3A head to states as well as the Class 4A champions, who played earlier last week.
Among the teams capturing titles were the Karns City Gremlins in 3A boys, knocking off Brookville 34-31 with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer last Friday night. The Karns City girls dropped a 46-39 decision to Brookville, which ended the Lady Gremlins’ four-year run as district champions.
The only other Keystone Shortway Athletic Conference team to win a district title was the unbeaten North Clarion girls, who got by A-C Valley in a 52-49 win for their second straight title.
Other district titles went to Johnsonburg and Coudersport in Class 1A and 2A boys, and Coudersport in Class 2A boys.
Games in the District 9 geographic area this weekend, with district and finish listed:
Class A Boys
Elk County Catholic (D9 runner-up) vs. Jamestown (10-2), 6 p.m., Clarion University’s Tippin Gym
Johnsonburg (D9 champion) vs. Eden Christian (WPIAL-6), 7:30 p.m., Clarion University’s Tippin Gym
Class 2A Girls
Kane (D9 runner-up) vs. Bellwood-Antis (6-3), 6 p.m., Clarion High School
Class 3A Girls
Brookville (D9 champion) vs. Northwestern (10-2), 7:30 p.m., Clarion High School
Class 2A Girls
Coudersport (D9 champion) vs. California (WPIAL-5), 6 p.m., St. Marys High School
Class 4A boys
Clearfield (D9 champion) vs. South Fayette (WPIAL-5), 7:30 p.m., St. Marys High School
Class A Boys: North Clarion (D9-3) vs. Union-New Castle (WPIAL-2), 6 p.m., Butler High School; Cameron County (D9-4) vs. Vincentian Academy (WPIAL-1), 7:30 p.m., Northgate High School.
Class 2A Girls: Keystone (D9-3) vs. Vincentian Academy (WPIAL-1), 6 p.m., Northgate High School
Class A Girls
North Clarion (D9 champion) vs. Cornell (WPIAL-5), 5:30 p.m., Clarion University’s Tippin Gym
A-C Valley (D9 runner-up) vs. Sewickley Academy (WPIAL-3), 4 p.m., Keystone High School
Class 4A Girls
Punxsutawney (D9 champion) vs. Ambridge (WPIAL-5), 4 p.m., Clarion University’s Tippin Gym
Class 2A Boys
Coudersport (D9 champion) vs. Wilmington (10-3), 5:30 p.m., St. Marys High School
Ridgway (D9 runner-up) vs. North Star (5-3) or North Penn-Mansfield (4-3), 4 p.m., St. Marys High School
Class 3A Boys
Karns City (D9 champion) vs. Mercyhurst Prep (10-3), 6 p.m., Keystone High School
Class A Girls: Otto-Eldred (D9-3) vs. Juniata Valley (6-1, 5:30 p.m., Hollidaysburg High School; Elk Co. Catholic (D9-4) vs. Winchester Thurston (WPIAL-1), 3 p.m., Canon-McMillan High School.
Class 2A Boys: Brockway (D9-3) vs. Bishop Guilfoyle (6-1), 7 p.m., Hollidaysburg High School
Here’s a quick look last weekend’s D9 playoff games:
Class 3A Boys
Karns City 34,
Austin Fahlor’s 3-pointer tossed quickly into the air from the corner with 0.4 seconds left on the clock to beat the buzzer won it for the Gremlins in a low-scoring, poor shooting game that couldn’t have ended any more dramatically.
The rule states that anything less than 0.4 on the clock requires a tip-in only, but Fahlor managed to get it out of his hands before the buzzer rang and the Gremlins beat Brookville for the second straight year for the title.
Nolan Riley led the Gremlins (17-7) with 12 points. Trenton Gilhousen led the Raiders (14-10) with 12 points.
Karns City led 31-25 with just under six minutes to play and didn’t score again until Fahlor’s shot at the end. The Raiders tied at 31-31 with 1:01 left and Karns City ran the clock down for the final shot, with the Raiders fouling twice with fouls to give. The last foul came with 0.4 seconds left, barely but just enough time for Fahlor’s heroics.
Class 3A Girls
Brookville 46, Karns City 39
Stopping the Lady Gremlins’ title run, Brookville trailed 1-0 to start the game, but went on a 12-1 run and led the rest of the way for its first district title since 2013.
Karns City’s Emily Hegedus wound up with 29 points on 9-of-22 shooting from the floor, finishing her career with 1,735 points.
The Lady Raiders (18-5) forced 34 Karns City turnovers and wound up shooting 43 more shots from the field (19-for-74) while Hegedus took all but nine of her team’s shots. Livia Andreassi scored five points, all from the foul line.