PIAA girls' basketball tournament preview capsules

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

The boys' basketball season is down to four area teams. Two, Northeastern and New Hope Academy, play their games Friday night. William Penn and Delone Catholic get their first-round opponents Saturday.

Here's a look at those matchups:

  
CLASS AAAA
William Penn (26-3, District 3 No. 2) vs. Methacton (23-6, District 1 No. 7)
6:30 p.m., Saturday at Dallastown
   Scouting the Bearcats: William Penn's quest to bounce back from its overtime loss to Harrisburg in the district title game starts now. Expect any run to be keyed by seniors Tavon Parker, Derek Wilson and Ramel Stephens. Parker has saved his best for the postseason, averaging 27.8 points in four district games.
   Scouting the Warriors: Methacton relies on 6-foot-5 senior Brendan Casper inside to go with some perimeter shooters, including 6-2 senior Matt Forrest. Casper leads the Warriors in scoring, averaging 20 per game. Forrest has hit 66 shots from the 3-point line. Methacton is coming off 46-41 overtime victory against Ridley in the District 1 seventh-place game. This will be its first PIAA tournament appearance.
  
CLASS AAA
Northeastern (18-9, District 3 No. 6) vs. Allentown Central Catholic (23-3, District 11 champ)
7:30 p.m., Friday at Freedom (in Bethlehem)
   Scouting the Bobcats: A young team surrounds senior 6-foot-2 standout Khalid Nwandu, who will try to help Northeastern pull the upset and make a run in its third straight PIAA tournament appearance.
   Scouting the Vikings: A power in District 11, Allentown Central Catholic won its 16th tournament title last week. The Vikings' Mike Kammerer, a Kutztown baseball recruit, is coming off a career-high 27 points in that 87-61 win against Bethlehem Catholic. They could pair 6-3 junior guard Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman on Nwandu. Abdur-Rahkman is coming off a district final that included 20 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.
  

CLASS AA
Delone Catholic (17-9, District 3 champ) vs. Wellsboro Area (23-2, District 4 No. 2)
5 p.m. Saturday at Northern York
   Scouting the Squires: Andrew Austin played the hero role with his putback to help Delone win its second straight district title. Senior guard Brett Smith and sophomore Devon Moore have guided this team throughout the season with Austin playing strong, too, but sophomore Jake Wiles has come up big. His 10 points in the district final followed a 20-point night in the semifinal.
   Scouting the Green Hornets: The combo of Matt Reese and Jordan Jackson can give teams problems. They combined for 31 points in a 53-29 District 4 semifinal victory, outscoring East Juniata by themselves. The Hornets were the district's top seed before losing in the final. This year's run has come with the program's first postseason victories since 2006.
  
CLASS A
New Hope Academy (18-5, District 3 No. 3) vs. Church Farm School (21-6, District 1 champ)
5 p.m., Friday at Plymouth-Whitemarsh
   Scouting the Mighty Ants: New Hope has found a way to do it again, getting back to the state tournament with a virtually new squad this season. Freshman Montrel Morgan and junior Domminique Salisbury have been the team's leading scorers to go along with 6-4 Ishmael Brown.
   Scouting the Griffins: The three-time District 1 champs out of the Bicentennial Athletic League's Independence Division are led by Aondofa Anyam, the division's player of the year. Church Farm School, ranked fifth among Class A teams in the state, won its three district games by at least 18 points.
  
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