Following are capsulized looks at District 3 basketball quarterfinal games involving York-Adams teams this weekend.
FRIDAY'S GAMES GIRLS' CLASS AAAA
DOVER (24-1) VS. HERSHEY (20-3) AT CARLISLE HIGH SCHOOL, 6 P.M. -- Dover bounced back from its first loss of the season with a 66-46 rout of Governor Mifflin in the Round of 16. The Eagles' defense has been outstanding all season holding opponents to 34.8 points a game. Alayah Hall, a 5-6 junior, leads Dover's offense with a 15.3 points-per-game average. Hershey, which defeated Ephrata, 53-27, in its district opener, counts on the scoring of Victoria Blackburn and Libby Nolan. The two seniors are combining for 29.1 points a game. Blackburn also has 52 three-point baskets on her resume.
BOYS' CLASS AAA
NORTHEASTERN (17-7) VS. SUSQUEHANNA TOWNSHIP (23-2) AT GIANT CENTER, 8 P.M. -- An underdog Northeastern team will aim to take down the No. 1-seeded club. The Bobcats' Khalid Nwandu, who earned a Division I scholarship to Mount St. Mary's, has racked up 497 points in 24 games for an impressive 20.7 average. Derrick Hoffman is second in scoring for Northeastern at 8.8. Jones Page (11.9 a game) and Joe Marshall (11.7) provide a nice one-two combination for Susquehanna Township, and Gabriel Mack (8.8) and Nehemiah Mack (8.6) complement Page and Marshall. The Indians are strong inside with the 6-6 Page and 6-6 Savalas Pope.
GIRLS' CLASS AA
HANOVER (14-9) AT YORK CATHOLIC (22-2), 7 P.M. -- York Catholic begins its quest for a record eighth straight District 3 AA championship. Fighting Irish senior Morgan Klunk is the third-leading scorer among York-Adams League players with an 433 points and an 18.0 points-per-game average. Sophomore Hannah Laslo adds 10.5 a game for Coach Kevin Bankos' team. Hanover looks to Soukaina Tracy who's supplying 14.8 points a game. The Hawkettes defeated Newport, 49-31, to earn a third shot at top-seeded York Catholic. The Fighting Irish won decisively in both regular-season games against Hanover this year, 69-41 and 60-31.
BIGLERVILLE (15-8) AT DELONE CATHOLIC (17-6), 7 P.M. -- Another all York-Adams, public vs. parochial clash. Delone's played lockdown defense this season restricting opponents to 34.8 points a game. Maddie Comly (14.1 points a game) and Abby Sponseller (9.9) are the Squirettes' leading scorers. The Biglerville duo of Rebecca Isaac and Olivia Moore team for 26.9 points a game. Delone Catholic earned two regular-season victories over the Canners, 55-46 and 63-38.
SATURDAY'S GAMES GIRLS' CLASS AAA
EASTERN (17-7) VS. PALMYRA (25-0) AT MILTON HERSHEY SCHOOL, 4:30 P.M. -- Palmyra began district play by routing East Pennsboro, 71-43, but it was a costly victory. The Cougars' leading scorer, Carly Richardson, sustained an ankle injury. If Richardson is unable to play on Saturday, the Mid Penn champions will have to take on the Golden Knights without Richardson's double-figure scoring (15.7 a game) and ability to hit from outside the arc (40 three-point baskets). Kaitlyn Carmo puts up 11 points a game for Palmyra, and Kristen Smoluk furnishes 9.6 a game. Eastern's Morgan Thomas and Elizabeth Myers join for 26.3 points a game. Both teams are very good defensively. Palmyra allows just 37.1 points a game, and Eastern yields 40.4.
WEST YORK (22-4) VS. BERKS CATHOLIC (20-6) AT MILTON HERSHEY SCHOOL, NOON -- No. 2 seeded West York will bid for a spot in the semifinals. The Bulldogs' Kari Lankford is connecting for 11.9 points a game, and Emily Wood, 9.3 Wood poured in 26 during West York's 76-58 triumph over Kennard-Dale on Wednesday night. Berks Catholic looks primarily to Katrina Balatgek (12.6), Susan Bossler (11.7) and Devon Merritt (8.7) for points. The Bulldogs and Saints have a common opponent this season. West York gained a 59-54 victory over York Catholic, and Berks Catholic fell to York Catholic, 61-48.
SUSQUEHANNOCK (16-7) VS. LANCASTER CATHOLIC (25-0) AT MILTON HERSHEY SCHOOL, 1:30 P.M. -- The Warriors will try to stun the Crusaders who won this year's Lancaster-Lebanon League Tournament in addition to being the defending District 3 champions. Susquehannock's Shannon Druck and Katie Wagner deliver a combined 21.4 points a game. Lancaster Catholic's balanced attack features two players in double figures, Porsha Speller (17.4) and Emily Martin (10.5), and two players just under 10 a game, Alicia Martin (9.5) and Danielle Atkinson (9.5).
BOYS' CLASS AA
YORK CATHOLIC (11-12) AT COLUMBIA (10-12), 1 P.M. York Catholic hasn't played in more than two weeks since knocking off York-Adams Division IV champion Delone Catholic, 48-43, on Feb. 5. The Fighting Irish aren't a high-scoring team (52 a game) but they don't give up much, either, 49.5 a game. Joseph Rost (9.9 points a game) and Erich Hartman (8.3) are York Catholic's best point producers. Columbia will answer with Nick Nobile (14.2 a game), Mike Rider (13.2) and Olajuwon Michael (12.8).
HANOVER (14-9) AT DELONE CATHOLIC (14-9), 1 P.M. -- The records may be identical, but Delone Catholic owns two regular-season victories its cross-town rival, 57-34 and 73-40. The Squires have three double-figure scorers, Devon Moore (15.6), Brett Smith (13.5) and Andrew Austin (11.7). Hanover will counter with Dylan Krieger (15.1) and Nick Trish (12.0).
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