Name: Ryan Luther
Sport: Boys Basketball
Name: Ryan Luther
Through the first three quarters of Saturday's PIAA Class AAA first-round girls basketball game, the Hampton High Talbots were hanging right with District 6 champion Forest Hills.
The No. 5 team from the WPIAL, Hampton clung to a precarious 38-35 lead entering the fourth quarter. But Hampton was outscored 11-5 in the final period, and Forest Hills advanced to the second round with a 46-43 victory. Hampton finished the year with an 18-7 record. Forest Hills meets Blackhawk, the No. 4 team from the WPIAL, in Wednesday's second round.
Forest Hills freshman Jill Scott had the decisive play as her 3-point basket with 34.7 seconds left gave the Rangers the three-point victory.
Mike White's recap of the Hampton/Perry game:
"Thus, Hampton coach Joe Lafko half expected a letdown from his team. But his Talbots were still able to turn it up a notch when they felt threatened.
Hampton survived a ragged performance and a Perry comeback to defeat the Commodores, 50-41, in a PIAA Class AAAA first-round game Saturday at Allderdice.
Perry (12-14), the City League runner-up, came back from a 12-point halftime deficit and cut the deficit to one early in the fourth quarter against a Hampton
team that lost in the WPIAL title game a week ago."
(Photo: Canon-McMillan's Cody Wiercioch, center, celeberates his piece of history Saturday night in Hershey, Pa. with coach Chris Mary, right, and assistant Jason Cardillo, left. Bradley C. Bower/Post-Gazette.)
Ryan Riordan's feature on the Hampton boys' basketball team:
"Hampton ran into a buzzsaw Saturday night and has a week to recover before starting its biggest tournament of the season.
New Castle set a WPIAL Class AAAA championship game record with 12 3-pointers in blowing out the Talbots, 68-53, at Palumbo Center.
"We were talking about it after the game and we know we can play with them, but not when they're hitting shots like that," Talbots junior Ryan Luther said. "They
Now Hampton (21-5) must get that game out of its mind as it prepares to play Perry (12-13) at 2 p.m. Saturday at Allderdice in a PIAA Class AAAA first-round playoff game."
(Photo: Hampton's Ryan Luther dunks against New Castle in the WPIAL Class AAAA championship last Saturday. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette.)
One by one the 3-pointers fell, and New Castle’s success from the perimeter ultimately led to Hampton falling in the WPIAL championship game.
New Castle set a Class AAAA championship record with 12 3-pointers on its way to a 68-53 win against Hampton at Palumbo Center last Saturday.
Six New Castle players made 3-pointers. Anthony Richards had four of them, all in the first half. The Red Hurricanes finished 12 of 22 from behind the arc in the game. Hampton was just 4 of 18.