Cumberland Valley 45
HERSHEY (AP) — Spring-Ford used a balanced scoring attack and broke open a tight game with an 11-4 run to open the second half to claim its first Class AAAA girls’ basketball championship in a win over Cumberland Valley.
Brittany Moore, Sammy Stipa and Sammi Haas each finished with 11 points to pace Spring-Ford (32-2).
Jackie Falconer led all scorers with 18 points for the Eagles (26-7), who drew a large, loud following from nearby hometown Mechanicsburg.
But the District 1 champion Rams knocked down eight triples and shot 57 percent for the game from beyond the 3-point arc.
Spring-Ford held a 27-25 lead at the half before going on its decisive run. The Rams’ defense limited Cumberland Valley to only one field goal in the third quarter.
Imhotep Charter 54,
Archbishop Carroll 45
HERSHEY (AP) — Brandon Austin scored 25 points and Imhotep Charter built a 10-point lead before holding off a late rally to claim its third straight PIAA title with a victory over Archbishop Carroll.
The lean, 6-foot-7 Austin’s quickness proved too tough a matchup for the Patriots in the Class AAA final between two Philadelphia heavyweights.
Still, the Patriots drew to within five with about 1:36 left after Derrick Jones hit 1 of 2 from the foul line.
But Austin’s two free throws with 28 seconds left gave the Panthers (28-5) an insurmountable nine-point advantage that had their fans celebrating in the Giant Center stands.
Imhotep Charter took its first Class AAA crown after moving up a division this season.
Jones finished with 13 points for Archbishop Carroll (23-7).
HERSHEY (AP) — Rysheed Jordan had 32 points, Samuel Forman scored 16 of his 22 points after halftime and Vaux used a decisive second half to defeat Johnsonburg to take the state Class A title.
Jordan finished 14-of-20 shooting and added six rebounds for the favored Cougars (24-8). But the Philadelphia school got a scare after Johnsonburg (30-3) closed the first half with a 13-4 run to take a 37-36 lead off a layup at the buzzer by Frank Kocjanicic (11 points).
Vaux seized control with an 11-2 run to end the third quarter, initiated by a jumper by Jordan, to take a 61-50 lead. The Cougars held scoring advantages of 52-26 in the paint and 28-16 off turnovers.
Cameron Grumley led the Rams with 17 points and five boards.