The game: PIAA Class 6A championship
The teams: North Allegheny vs. Boyertown
Where and when: Giant Center, Hershey, Friday, 6 p.m.
District finish: WPIAL champion
Coach: Spencer Stefko
PIAA titles: 0
Last time in the final: First appearance
How they got here: (First round) Hempfield, 50-34; (Second round) Mt. Lebanon 56-52; (Quarterfinals) Penn Hills, 50-38; (Semifinals) Souderton, 32-31.
Scoring offense: 52.4 points per game
Scoring defense: 37.9 points per game
Probable starters: Madelyn Fischer, G-F, 5-11, Jr.; Hailey Zeise, G-F, 5-11, Sr.; Piper Morningstar, G, 6-0, Jr.; Courtney Roman, G, 5-8, Jr.; Rachel Martindale, G, 5-8, So.
What you should know: North Allegheny players have said that while winning a WPIAL title was great, winning a PIAA championship has been their No. 1 goal all season. The Tigers got there ... barely. A year after losing a heartbreaker in the semifinals, the Tigers broke some hearts when Rachel Martindale hit the front end of a one-and-one with 0.9 seconds left to give her team a 32-31 win against Souderton. The Tigers have won 18 games in a row since their only loss, which came to section rival Pine-Richland. Coach Spencer Stefko's squad has relied on offensive balance and an outstanding defense that has limited foes to 37.9 points per game. The Tigers have opened some eyes nationally, too -- they are ranked No. 20 in the country by USA Today.
Player to watch: Rachel Martindale is an outstanding athlete who has scholarships in two sports. A Pitt softball recruit, Martindale might be just as good on the basketball court and leads the Tigers in scoring with 12 points per game while adding 6 rebounds and 4 assists a game.