Following are capsulized looks at first-round PIAA state basketball playoff games involving York-Adams League teams.
FRIDAY'S GAMES Boys' Class AAA
NORTHEASTERN (18-9) VS. ALLENTOWN CEN TRAL CATHOLIC (24-3) AT BETHLEHEM FREEDOM HIGH SCHOOL, 7:30 P.M. Northeastern drew a tough opening-round assignment. Allentown Central Catholic, which won its 16th District 11 title this year, is the No. 2-ranked AAA team in the state (Patriot-News Rankings). Muhammad Ali Abdur Rahkman averages 21.5 points a game for the Vikings, while Jean Lee Baez supplies 14.3 a game, and Mike Kammerer delivers 11.7. Khalid Nwandu, who will play college basketball at NCAA Division I Mount St. Mary's, pumps in 20.7 points a game for Northeastern.
Girls' Class AAAA
DOVER (25-3) VS. WEST CHESTER BAYARD RUSTIN (22-7) AT NOR RISTOWN HIGH SCHOOL, 6 P.M. Dover will bid to rebound from back-to-back losses to Central Dauphin and Central Dauphin East in the District 3 Tournament by scoring its first victory in states. Alayah Hall is the Eagles' leading scorer with a 15.0 points-per-game average. Bayard Rustin, which won the American Division of the Ches-Mont League, counts on the offensive talents of Adashia Frankyn, Noelle Powell and Casey Walley. Franklyn, a 6-1 junior, scored 14 points for the Golden Knights in the District 1 third-place game (a 57-55 loss to Upper Dublin).
Girls' Class AA
DELONE CATHOLIC (19-7) VS. HOLY CROSS (19-7) AT DALLASTOWN HIGH SCHOOL, 6 P.M. Both the Squirettes and Lady Crusaders finished second in their respective districts, District 3 and District 2. Maddie Comly and Abbey Sponseller combine for 24.5 points a game for Delone Catholic, which is allowing just 37 points a game. Olivia Kosin and Gabby Giordano team for 23.6 Holy Cross points a contest. The Lady Crusaders lost to Dunmore in the district title game (54-39) after defeating the Bucks twice during the regular season. Holy Cross began operation in 2007 following the merger of two other parochial schools, Bishop Hannan and Bishop O'Hara.
YORK CATHOLIC (25-2) VS. PARKWAY CENTER CITY (9-4) AT DALLAS TOWN HIGH SCHOOL, 7:30 P.M. Fresh off its eighth-straight District 3 championship, York Catholic's players will set off on what they hope is another extended run in the state bracket. The Fighting Irish are scoring almost 60 points a game (59.9) while yielding just 38.6. Senior Morgan Klunk is the York-Adams League's third-leading scorer at 17.4 points a game, while sophomore Hannah Laslo contributes 11.0 a game. Lauren Watkins is on top of the scoring list for the Parkway Center City Bulldogs with a 13.5 points-per-game average. Parkway Center City competes in the Philadelphia Public League.
SATURDAY'S GAMES Girls' Class AAA
EASTERN YORK (18-9) VS. PREP CHARTER (20-3) AT SOUTH PHILADELPHIA HIGH SCHOOL, 5 P.M. Elizabeth Myers and Morgan Thomas have been an excellent one-two scoring combination all season for Eastern. The two team for 26.4 points a game. Prep Charter captured the District 12 title and Philadelphia Public League championship. Ciani Cryor was the MVP of the Public League final, scoring 20 points in the Huskies' 56-37 victory over Central. Hannah Timmons rang up 22 points as Prep Charter defeated Archbishop Wood in the district title matchup.
WEST YORK (23-6) VS. VILLA MARIA ACADEMY (21-5) AT NORRISTOWN HIGH SCHOOL, 4:30 P.M. West York, the No. 4-team coming out of District 3, will seek to rebound from losses to Susquehannock and Gettysburg by knocking off the District 1 champion. Lisa Mirarchi, a 1,000-career-points scorer, finished with 20 points and four steals in Villa Maria's 47-36 victory over Merion Mercy in the district final. A suffocating defense helped the Hurricanes score the first 14 points of the game. Kari Lankford, a sophomore, leads West York in scoring with an 11.9 points-per-game average.
SUSQUEHANNOCK (18-8) VS. LANCASTER CATHOLIC (27-1) AT DAL LASTOWN HIGH SCHOOL, 5 P.M. Susquehannock handed Lancaster Catholic its only defeat, 59-53, when the teams clashed in the District 3 quarterfinals. The Warriors ended up making it all the way to the championship game. Katie Wagner (11.1 points a game) and Shannon Druck (10.4) are Susquehannock's leading scorers. Porscha Speller (17.7) and Emily Martin (10.4) average in double figures for Lancaster Catholic.
Boys' Class AA
DELONE CATHOLIC (17-9) VS. WELLSBORO (23-2) AT NORTHERN HIGH SCHOOL, DILLS BURG, 5 P.M. An interesting first-round matchup: District 3 champion Delone Catholic vs. District 4 runner-up Wellsboro. Both teams have three players averaging in double figures. Devon Moore, a sophomore, leads the Squires with a 15.1 average. Brett Smith (13.9) and Andrew Austin (11.9) complete the twin-figure trio. Jordan Jackson (14.2), Michael Pietropola (11.4) and Joey Dogaviero (10.2) will counter for Wellsboro. Delone is on a roll, having won its second-straight District 3 crown, and the Squires will aim to add some state victories to the left side of their won-loss record.
-- Reach Dick VanOlinda at dvanolinda@yorkdis patch.com.