Fourth time is the charm for Lady Hawks


Alex Mullen

Olivia Westphal defends the ball during the Lady Hawks’ game vs. Peters on Jan. 22.

On Friday, March 9, the girls varsity basketball team defeated the Peters Township Indians in the first round of the PIAA state playoffs, 44-35.

It was the fourth time the two teams faced each other this season, but the first time the Lady Hawks won.

Olivia Westphal’s three-pointer at the beginning of the game got the momentum going for the Lady Hawks.

After the first quarter, they led Peters 11-4, but then the Lady Indians fought back and the score was tied at 17 going into the half.

The Hawks regained the lead in the third quarter and Emma Papalia hit a huge three making it 30-24 going into the final frame.

“Our game plan was to play at our pace, not theirs,” said sophomore Lauren Mullen.

Makenna Marisa led the Indians with 17, and Olivia Ziegler with 15 points.

Maria Cerro led the Lady Hawks with 23 points, 19 of them came from the second half.

“Our defense, patience, and focus is what got us this win,” said senior Jill Acker.

With the win, the Lady Hawks advance to the second round of the PIAA playoffs. They face State College at Central Cambria High School Tuesday night. Tip-off is 7:30 PM.