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PIAA girls’ semifinals: Recapping today’s matchups

Tuesday, 7th June 2011

Categories Girl's/Women's, High School, Posted 6/7/11

Recapping today’s Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) girls’ playoffs.

Garnet Valley vs. Penn Manor at Gov. Mifflin High, Shillingtown, 1 p.m.

District 1 runner-up Garnet Valley (22-3) meets a Comets team that placed third in District 3 but has scored a whopping 58 goals in three games since falling in the District 3 semifinals.

Penn Manor received a poor seed in the District 3 tournament. It lost only twice during the regular season, each time to Manheim Township. Then it fell to Manheim in the Lancaster-Lebanon League finals.

But instead of getting a No. 2 seed in the District 3 tourney, it was seeded No. 4 and had to play Manheim in the semifinals, The Comets dropped that game, 15-6, but since then have routed Cumberland Valley, 19-10 in the District 3 consolation game, and Seneca Valley, 18-10, in the first round of states before outscoring Sewickley Academy, 21-17, in the quarterfinals.

Penn Manor is led by Alicia Burns, Maddy Hess, Emily McCoy, Caroline Lovett and goalie Kelley McHugh.

“They have some height – they have two kids 5-10 and 5-11 – and some strong offensive players,” said Garnet Valley coach Kate Henwood. “It’s a matter of us taking care of business.

“It’s one of those unknowns. We just have to go out hard because we don’t know what kind of game they are going to give us.”

Garnet Valley, the Central League quad-champion, advanced to the semis by defeating District 12 champ Archbishop Carroll, 15-10.

Downingtown East vs. Great Valley at Harriton, 4 p.m.

This is a battle of two Ches-Mont League powers, who met back on April 7 when Downingtown East (24-1) claimed a 9-7 triumph over the Patriots (21-3). That game ultimately determined the Ches-Mont champion.

Since then, the Cougars have been on a roll, having won 22 straight games overall. They advanced to the semis by routing Cocalico, 19-4.

Great Valley took a much tougher road to the semis. In the first round they defeated Manheim Township, 13-12, in overtime and then they used overtime again to down Springfield-Delco, 11-10, in two overtimes. In each game, Ali Karwoski fed Sara McBride for the game-winner.


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