Two District III schools will play for PIAA basketball championships

Two PIAA District III schools will play for state basketball championships this weekend at Giant Center.


The Susquehanna Twp. boys will shoot for the PIAA Class AAA Boys Basketball Championships while the Cumberland Valley girl will play for the PIAA Class AAAA Girls Basketball Championship.


Susquehanna Twp. (23-7), the District III champion, will meet perennial finalist Saints of Neumann-Goretti (26-4), the District XII champion, at 8 p.m. on Friday at Giant Center.  Neumann-Goretti won three straight PIAA Class AAA boys’ titles in 2010, 2011 and 2012 before yielding to Imhotep Charter in 2013.  Susquehanna Twp. defeated Imhotep in the opening round of the PIAA playoffs, 65-47, on March 7.


The Indians have followed up that Imhotep victory with triumphs over Pottsville (52-45), Lancaster Mennonite (75-57) and Chartiers Valley (42-31).   Susquehanna Twp. will be seeking its first state boys’ basketball championships since 1997 when it defeated Lewistown 64-45 in the Class AAA Boys championship game.  The Indians also won the 1980 Class AA Boys championship.


Neumann-Goretti has defeated Berks Catholic (62-46), Wilkes-Barre Grand Army of the Republic [GAR] (73-55), Allentown Central Catholic (60-50) and Philadelphia Electric (65-53).


Cumberland Valley (27-5), the District III third-place team in Class AAAA girls, will meet District 1 runner-up Spring-Ford (27-6) for the second straight year in the PIAA championship game.   The Eagles will play Spring-Ford on Friday at 6 pm at Giant Center.  Spring-Ford defeated Cumberland Valley 60-45 in last year’s championship game.


Cumberland Valley has defeated Central Bucks West (46-43), Archbishop Carroll (34-28), Dover (45-36) and West Chester’s Bayard Rustin (61-45) to reach the championship game.


Spring-Ford beat Red Lion (51-45), Mechanicsburg (42-35), Abington (50-40) and North Allegheny (47-32) to reach the finals.