York-Adams basketball teams made a memorable run through the brackets of the District 3 Basketball Tournament this season.
Six league teams, four girls' and two boys', will be playing in championship games.
Three boys' teams will compete in third-place games, and two teams, one boys' and one girls', will play in fifth-place games.
The title games begin Thursday evening with a very familiar matchup. The York Catholic girls (22-4) will try for an unprecedented ninth consecutive Class AA title when they take on the Delone Catholic girls (20-4) in an all York-Adams final.
This is the fourth season in a row that the Fighting Irish and Squirettes will clash for the championship. The teams met twice this season, and if the results of those games are any indication, the third meeting of the parochial school powers should be extremely competitive.
Delone Catholic won, 45-41, on its home floor, and York Catholic prevailed, 57-55, on its court.
The Squirettes count on the tandem of Maddie Comly and Mary Gingrow, who combine for more than 30 points a game.
Hannah Laslo leads a balanced York Catholic offense with a 11.1 points-per-game average. Fighting Irish senior Deanna Chesko is coming off a 19-point performance in her team's 68-32 victory over Camp Hill in the semifinals.
York Catholic entered district play after a strong showing in the York-Adams Tournament, where it scored victories over Dallastown and Susquehannock before bowing to Dover in the title game.
Dover (24-2) will seek to add a District 3 championship to its resume when it clashes with Wilson (21-7) in the Class AAAA title game on Friday night.
Alayah Hall is Dover's all-time leading scorer with more than 1,500 points. The 5-7 senior is averaging 17.6 points a game this season.
Dover, though, didn't put together an unforgettable season by counting on just one player. There have been numerous contributions from other players, which have carried the Eagles into two title games.
Wilson, the defending District 3 champion, features three 1,000-career-points scorers, Avery Marz, Jessie Wallace and Carley Brew. All three also will be playing Division I college basketball — Marz at St. Joseph's, Wallace at Rider and Brew at James Madison.
Dover, which entered the tournament as the No. 3 seed, took down No. 2-seeded Cumberland Valley on Tuesday night. The Eagles will now aim to prevent a Wilson repeat and secure their first district basketball crown in the process.
Prior to the Dover-Wilson game at 8:30 in the Giant Center, the Hanover and Trinity boys' teams will meet in the Class AA title contest at 6:45.
Nick Trish and Dylan Krieger are a dynamic one-two scoring punch for Hanover, combining for 34.5 points.
Josh Trumpy, a 6-6 senior, pours in more than 20 points a game for Trinity, and Dom Antonelli delivers 17.1.
The Shamrocks' record (11-12) isn't impressive, but it is misleading. The Camp Hill-area school plays a very demanding schedule.
Hanover captured the 2011 district title. Trinity's earned 11 district championships, with the most recent coming in 2010.
The Susquehannock girls and York High boys will go after championships in back-to-back games at the Giant Center on Saturday.
Susquehannock-West Perry will tip off at 11:15 a.m. followed by York High-Cedar Crest at 1 p.m.
Katie Wagner (14.4 points a game) and Shannon Druck (13.2) lead Susquehannock, which is playing in its second straight District 3 final. Druck is a 1,000-career-points scorer.
West Perry looks to Megan Smith. The 5-11 senior carries a better than 20-points-a-game average. Madison Urich contributes 12.1 a contest for the Mustangs.
West Perry lost by five points to Dover earlier in the season while Susquehannock split two games with Dover.
York High (21-6) came into the district tournament as the No. 8 seed, but the Bearcats have played like champions in the first three rounds taking out Lancaster McCaskey, Wilson and Hershey. York is making its second consecutive appearance in the title game and fourth in the past six seasons.
Jahaire Wilson (14.4) and Trey Shifflett (12.1) average in double figures for the Bearcats, who have won 13 of their last 14 games.
Andrew Eudy is the leading scorer for Cedar Crest at 10.3 points a game. The Falcons rallied from a 13-point deficit to beat Central in the semifinals, 49-47.
Following are capsulized looks at the third-place and fifth-place games involving York-Adams teams.
AAAA third place: Central (24-3) vs. Hershey (17-8) at Warwick High School, 8 p.m. Thursday. Leading scorers — Central: Sam Saxton (15.4) and Royce Clemens (10.8). Hershey: Chase Watkins (15.5) and Jack Gunkel (12.4).
AAA third place: Bermudian Springs (22-3) vs. Bishop McDevitt (25-2) at Northern High School, 8 p.m. Thursday. Leading scorers — Bermudian Springs: Neil Murren (15.1) and Alex Orwig (10.0). Bishop McDevitt: Dylllon Hudson-Emery (20.3) and Justin McCarthur (16.9).
AAA fifth place: West York (24-3) vs. Berks Catholic (23-5) at Garden Spot High School, 6:30 p.m. Friday. Leading scorers — West York: Kevin Rice (15.7) and Darian McCauley (10.2). Berks Catholic: Nana Foulland (20.5, Bucknell recruit), Connor Jack (10.5).
AA third place: Delone Catholic (15-10) vs. Columbia (15-9) at East Pennsboro High School, 8 p.m. Friday. Leading scorers — Delone Catholic: Devon Moore (20.1), Andrew Austin (10.2). Columbia: Marqel Wansley (13.0), Michael Rider (11.2).
AAAA fifth place: Red Lion (16-9) vs. Mechanicsburg (22-5) at Northern High School, 6:30 pm. Thursday. Leading scorers — Red Lion: Morgan Kuehne (17.5) and Courtney Dimoff (12.5). Mechanicsburg, Cecily Carl (16.4).
— Reach Dick VanOlinda at firstname.lastname@example.org.