The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

March 11, 2013

PIAA Class AA girls basketball second round

By Scott Dudinskie
The Daily Item

— *Mount Carmel (23-4) vs. Pine Grove (23-4)

*Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. at Martz Hall, Pottsville

*How they got here: District 4 champion Mount Carmel beat District 2 third-place finisher Wilkes-Barre GAR 80-70 in the first round.

District 11 runner-up Pine Grove beat District 12 runner-up Imhotep Charter 49-37 in the first round.

*Probable starters: Mount Carmel — #10 Paige Hornung (Jr., G, 5-4, 4.3 ppg.); #13 Ali Varano (Jr., G, 5-6, 14.9 ppg.); #14 Christina Perles (Sr., F, 5-9, 17.5 ppg.); #23 Isabella Stellar (So., G, 5-5, 6.2 ppg.); #25 Ana Raybuck (Jr., F, 5-9, 9.5 ppg.).

Key reserve: #4 Jen Bolick (So., G, 5-4, 3.3 ppg.)

Pine Grove — #10 Steffi Sampson (Sr., F, 5-10, 7.2 ppg.); #14 Lauren Thompson (Sr., G, 5-8, 8.6 ppg.); #15 Becky Evans (Jr., G, 5-4, 19.2 ppg.); #22 Shannon Zimmerman (Sr., F, 5-10, 9.6 ppg.); #32 Sam Bertasavage (Sr., G, 5-8, 5.5 ppg.).

Key reserve: #43 Brittanie Whitman (So., C, 5-10, 2.2 ppg.).

*Notable: Perles scored a season-high 30 points in three quarters of the first-round win. ... Evans, the Schuylkill League’s second leading scorer, has made 65 three-pointers for the season and is 17 points shy of 1,000 in her career.

*What’s next: The winner advances to Friday’s quarterfinals and plays either District 2 champion Dunmore (21-6) or District 3 champion York Catholic (25-1).