It’s that time again — the District 3 girls' basketball playoffs will begin Monday, Feb. 19.
It’s a time that many teams have been preparing for since last summer.
It’s also the time when teams get a chance to show the district if they're contenders or pretenders.
A total of 14 York-area girls' teams — including non-York-Adams League member Christian School of York — qualified for the district draw. Half of that number are seeded No. 5 or better.
Here’s a brief rundown of the early match-ups:
Class 6-A: In the largest classification, Division I rivals Dallastown and Central York both qualified in the 12-team draw, with seven teams advancing to the PIAA bracket.
The Panthers, who dominated the Wildcats to claim a 40-19 victory in the Y-A final on Friday, Feb. 16, earned the No. 3 seed. As a result, the Y-A champs get a bye into the quarterfinals on Thursday, Feb. 22, when they'll host the winner of No. 6 Cedar Cliff and No. 11 Central Dauphin East.
Dallastown scored the No. 5 seed, missing a bye by one slot. The Wildcats will have to play Monday, Feb. 19, at home against No. 12 seed Conestoga Valley at 7 p.m. The winner of that contest will take on No. 4 Central Dauphin Thursday.
Class 5-A: This is the bracket with the most Y-A teams entered at five.
In total, 16 teams qualified, with the top eight earning PIAA berths, making for an interesting dynamic. Every first-round winner will make the state draw, while first-round losers will see their seasons end.
The list of local entrants includes defending 5-A champ Susquehannock, which is seeded fifth. The Warriors will host Hershey Tuesday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. in a first-round battle.
Spring Grove, seeded No. 6, will host Shippensburg in another first-round contest. The Rockets and Greyhounds are familiar with one another. Spring Grove defeated Shippensburg, 40-33, on Dec. 15.
West York, the No. 10 seed, will take on Solanco, Dover, the No. 13 seed, will face Lampeter-Strasburg and South Western, the No. 15 seed, will get No. 2 seed Harrisburg.
Class 4-A: Of the 10 teams that qualified, three are from the Y-A League. Unfortunately none of the three earned a high seed in what could be the most difficult draw of the six. Six teams will advance to the PIAA playoffs.
Kennard-Dale claimed the No. 6 seed, which affords the Rams a direct berth into an already pre-determined quarterfinal. K-D will travel to No. 3 seed Wyomissing Friday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m.
Of the other two squads — York Suburban and Eastern York — one will definitely advance to Friday’s quarterfinals. That’s because the Trojans will host their Division II rivals Tuesday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. in a first-round clash. YS and EY split their two regular-season match-ups.
Class 3-A: Of the six teams that qualified, the Y-A League boasts half of the entrants. The top three teams make the state bracket.
Delone Catholic earned the No. 2 seed and a direct berth into the semifinals Friday. The Squirettes will get either No. 3 seed York Catholic or No. 6 seed Middletown.
York Catholic hosts the Blue Raiders Tuesday at 7 p.m in one quarterfinal. The Irish are 0-11 vs. non-Division III teams this season.
The other quarterfinal contest pits No. 4 Pequea Valley against No. 5 Hanover. The Braves will host that contest Tuesday at 7 p.m. with the winner advancing to face top-seeded Trinity in the semifinals Friday.
Class 1-A: A total of 10 teams qualified in the smallest classification, with six teams advancing to the state playoffs.
CSY claimed the No. 4 seed. As a result, the Crusaders are into the quarterfinals in another pre-determined showdown against No. 5 seed and Commonwealth Christian Athletic Conference rival Veritas Academy.
The two teams squared off in their only showdown so far this season in the CCAC semifinals, with Veritas earning a 43-42 win. CSY, however, will get the chance to host this contest in which the winner clinches a state berth.
Reach Ryan Vandersloot at firstname.lastname@example.org.