PIAA boys' basketball tournament preview capsules

Live coverage from Friday's slate of PIAA basketball games.

Six YAIAA girls' basketball teams advanced from District 3 to the PIAA tournament. Below is a breakdown of those matchups, which begin Friday night and continue Saturday:

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Dover (25-3, District 3 No. 4) vs. West Chester Rustin (22-7, District 1 No. 4)
6 p.m., Friday at Norristown Area
   Scouting the Eagles: Dover will look to rekindle the spark that helped it win 23 straight games to start the season. The Eagles are coming off back-to-back double-digit losses in district play.
   Scouting the Golden Knights: Rustin lost its District 1 consolation game by just two points, 57-55, to Upper Dublin. In that game, the Knights were led by 6-foot-1 center Adashia Franklyn and guard Noelle Powell. The combo has given Rustin a solid one-two punch this season. Also, Friday's venue at Norristown is a familiar one for Rustin. It's where the Knights' 19-game win streak ended in the district semifinals vs. Spring-Ford.

Eastern York (18-8, District 3 No. 6) vs. Prep Charter (20-3, District 12 champ)
5 p.m., Saturday at South Philadelphia
Scouting the Golden Knights: After losing in overtime to District 3 champ Palmyra, Eastern enters with balanced scoring throughout. While mainstays Elizabeth Myers, Morgan Thomas and Krissy Pennell have been reliable, junior Lauren Beaver and sophomore Leah Myers have emerged of late.
Scouting the Huskies: Prep Charter earned its district title by beating Archbishop Wood behind Hannah Timmons' 22 points -- nearly half of the Huskies' 48 points. They have another capable scorer and defender in sophomore Ciana Cryor. Their coach, Ashley Logue, took over as head coach early in the season and guided them to their third straight Public League title in Philadelphia.
Susquehannock (18-8, District 3 No. 2) vs. Lancaster Catholic (28-1, District 3 No. 5)
5 p.m., Saturday at Dallastown
   Scouting the Warriors: If there's been a theme for Susquehannock in its district run, it's the play of junior forward Katie Wagner. She had 21 the last time these two played and has scored in double figures in all postseason games.
   Scouting the Crusaders: Offensive rebounding helped Susquehannock upset Lancaster Catholic in the teams' first meeting during the district quarterfinals. Like the Warriors, the Crusaders don't have overwhelming size. They do have 5-foot-11 freshman Caroline Scarff, who impressed Susquehannock coach Dave Schreiner. She had 12 points in the last meeting. The offense goes with senior guard Porscha Speller, however.
West York (23-6, District 3 No. 4) vs. Villa Maria Academy (21-5, District 1 No. 1)
4:30 p.m., Saturday at Norristown Area
   Scouting the Bulldogs: West York's guard play has gotten it to this point, with senior Heather Zinn picking up the slack along with sophomores Kari Lankford and Emily Wood. Zinn had three straight games scoring in double figures before a district consolation loss to Gettysburg.
   Scouting the Hurricanes: Winners of the last three District 1 titles, Villa Maria Academy is paced by four-year senior guard Lisa Mirarchi. She scored 20 points in a district final win against Merion Mercy.

Delone Catholic (19-7, District 3 No. 2) vs. Holy Cross (19-6, District 2 No. 2)
6 p.m., Friday at Dallastown
   Scouting the Squirettes: Delone's ability to rebound from a District 3 final loss should be helped by a much shorter drive than Holy Cross, which travels from Dunmore in the Scranton area. Sophomore guard Maddie Comly has been consistent throughout, but Abby Sponseller and Bethany Ball have also provided recent lifts.
   Scouting the Crusaders: Trouble at the free-throw line has sometimes equaled sporadic play for Holy Cross. With two sophomores in its starting lineup, 5-7 Gabby Giordano and 5-10 Olivia Kosin, Giordano is the one to watch. This is Holy Cross' first PIAA tournament appearance since merging with Bishop Hannan in 2007.
York Catholic (25-2, District 3 champ) vs. Parkway Center City (9-4, District 12 No. 4)
7:30 p.m., Friday at Dallastown
   Scouting the Fighting Irish: Coming off a district championship win against Delone, the Irish have had few hiccups. Coach Kevin Bankos has said throughout the season he has at least six capable starters, and they will look for that depth to carry them in this tournament.
   Scouting the Bulldogs: A liberal arts school out of District 12 in Philadelphia, Parkway Center City doesn't have the depth like York Catholic. What it does have is consistent scorer in Lauren Watkins. She twice scored in double figures in the Bulldogs' losses to District 12 runner-up Imhotep Charter.
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