And then there were two.

After Saturday's district playoff games, only two area teams are still playing basketball.

In the District 3 Class AAAA boys bracket, Chambersburg has dropped to the consolation rounds after losing on Saturday to a tough York squad. It'll face Reading on Tuesday night.

As for defending District 5 Class A girls champion Southern Fulton, the Indians will have to wait until Wednesday for their semifinal matchup with Northern Bedford.

The Trojans (15-9) will travel to Cumberland Valley to play Reading (14-13), which lost to McCaskey, 89-66, in the quarterfinals. The game time was changed from 7:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Both teams will look to rebound from 20-plus point losses.

"We've got a lot of work to do, but (the loss to York) wasn't as bad as it may have appeared," Chambersburg coach Beau Gantz said. "We just need to reduce our turnovers. We rebounded well, but we didn't take advantage of our points on the inside."

The Red Knights plan to implement a man-to-man defense, and Gantz said he feels comfortable with the size matchup. He also expects a lot of pressure from Reading and said he is hoping the Trojans will buy into what he's been emphasizing all year: Pass through the press.

"Instead of dribbling the ball up the floor, we have to pass it up the floor," Gantz said. "We're going to work on breaking the press, and if we can get the ball up the floor effectively, it'll be much easier for us to get the ball inside to Kellen (Williams)."

The Trojan defense will have its hands full as the Knights have quite a few offensive threats. Gil Benz-Puente, Babatundé Waples, Zhykeir Burdine and Jalan Branford are all averaging in double figures this season.

"Those four guys really carry our scoring load," Reading coach Rick Perez said. "But we're pretty evenly distributed. We score some threes, some score from the inside; we're just going to try to be all over the court."

Southern Fulton (22-2) will find itself in a similar situation on Wednesday when the Indians head to Everett to take on Northern Bedford (17-6) at 5:30 p.m.

The Panthers' two biggest offensive threats are Leah Hershberger and Cierra Cottle, who are averaging 16.0 and 13.1 points per game, respectively. Alyssa Smith is also a consistent scorer with 9.6 ppg this season.

"If they get hot, it's going to be tough," Indian coach Terry Bard said. "We played them pretty well (in the regular season), but it's going to take another strong effort to keep them quiet."

The Panthers will look to home in on the dominant Macey Hollenshead, who is a force in all aspects of the game.

Bard said, "Everybody keys on Macey. If I was coaching against us, that's what I would do. But she knows her teammates, where they're going to be and that they're with her."

Southern Fulton swept Northern Bedford in the regular season by a combined 44 points, but that's not going to let the Indians get overconfident.

"We've played them very well twice, but at this point, it doesn't matter and they know that," Bard said. 'We like our chances, but we know we still have to come to play."


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District playoffs at a glance

District 3-AAAA: Chambersburg boys vs. Reading, Tuesday at Cumberland Valley, 6:30.

District 5-A: Southern Fulton girls vs. Northern Bedford, Wednesday at Everett, 5:30.

Teams: Chambersburg is 15-9 after losing in the quarterfinals, 72-47, to York ... Reading is 14-13 after falling to McCaskey, 89-66 ... Southern Fulton is 22-2 after beating Fannett-Metal 68-57 in the first round ... Northen Bedford (17-6) defeated Myersdale 57-37 in the opening round.

Series: Chambersburg and Reading have not met this season ... SF swept Northern Bedford in the regular season by a combined 44 points.

Media: Join our live chat from the Chambersburg-Reading game on; beginning at 6:15 p.m. ... Also follow @liziarbogast and @Jeff_Kolb on Twitter for updates ... For updates from the SF-NBC game, follow @EdGotwalsPO.

P.O. pick: Trojans by 5 ... SF by 12.