Fillies face Christian School of York
Marian, the District 11 Class 1A champions, will take on District 3 runner-up Christian School of York in a PIAA State second round game on Saturday, weather permitting. The contest will be played at Schuylkill Valley with a starting time of 6 p.m.
Marian (21-5) vs.
Christian School of York (25-2)
- Saturday, March 12, at 6 p.m. at Schuylkill Valley
- Marian: Damian Fritz; Christian School of York: Mike Graybill.
- Marian: Carly Minchoff (9.8 ppg), Frankie Martinelli (9.2), Ashley Pleban (9.1), Kerrigan Digris (6.7).
... Marian defeated the No. 3 seed out of District 4 in St. John Neumann, 57-31, in the first round. Carly Minchhoff had 23 points, 11 rebounds, four blocks and five steals to help the Fillies advance. Ashley Pleban added 10 points and Frankie Martinelli came through with 10 points and 10 rebounds ... Rylie Bell and Kayleigh Rhine led the Christian School of York’s effort in a first round 47-42 win over District 12 champion Sankofa Freedom. Rhine finished with 17 points to lead the Defenders, while Bell helped out with 11 ... Minchhoff and Martinelli have been scoring in bunches down the stretch in postseason play. The two have combined for 124 points in their last four games (leagues, districts and states), meaning the two have averaged a combined 31 points per game over that stretch ... It’s the Fillies 19th state playoff appearance in the last 27 years, with their last state playoff win coming in 2014. Marian has won two state titles - one in 1984 and one in 2008. The Fillies were also state runner-ups four times (1987, 1997, 2003 and 2005) ... The winner of Saturday’s contest advances to the quarterfinal round and will meet either Northumberland Christian or Jenkintown.
: “They have just two losses on the season, so you know they’re a team that knows how to win. I think they’re a fundamentally sound team on the defensive side of the ball. They play really good man-to-man defense, especially when it comes to help side. They like to keep teams out of the paint, so we’ll need to continue utilizing our strength of outside shooting and we’ll need to take care of the ball. They’re also a team that runs really good sets on the offensive end and is disciplined in their execution. We’re definitely looking forward to the challenge and the opportunity to keep our season going.” - Marian head coach Damian Fritz