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5 Franklin Co. teams qualify for District 3 basketball

Four boys teams and one girls team from Franklin County have qualified for the District 3 basketball tournament, as listed in the final power rankings that were released Friday afternoon.

The official brackets will be released Monday.

The highlight - and a tough draw for both teams - will be a first-round matchup in boys Class 5A. Greencastle-Antrim (15-7) earned the No. 8 seed and will host Colonial Division rival Shippensburg (16-5), the No. 9 seed, on Monday, Feb. 20. The teams split a pair of regular season games.

In the first meeting, the Blue Devils dominated Ship to the tune of 72-51, but the second time around, the Greyhounds eked out a 59-56 win. It was G-A's only division loss of the season.

The area's other 5A boys team is Waynesboro, which got the No. 12 seed with its 14-7 record. The Indians will travel to No. 5 Manheim Central (19-3) on Feb. 20.

The county's other boys team is Chambersburg, which held onto the No. 11 position in Class 6A. The Trojans (13-8) will also see a familiar foe in No. 6 Central Dauphin East (14-8), which defeated Chambersburg twice this year. That game is slated for Tuesday, Feb. 21.

The Trojans will face an uphill battle against their Mid Penn Commonwealth Division opponent. In one of the first games of the season, CD East handed Chambersburg a 66-45 loss, and while the Trojans made strides the second time around, they still fell 74-66.

The only Franklin County girls team to qualify was Greencastle-Antrim. The Blue Devils (18-4) received the No. 8 seed and will host No. 9 West York (15-7) on Feb. 21. Although Greencastle is the higher seed, it's going to be no easy feat for G-A to take down the Bulldogs. During the Lower Dauphin tournament in December, West York defeated Greencastle in its worst loss of the season, 52-24.