The postseason started Monday night for Purchase Line and Saltsburg.
The teams engaged in a regular-season girls’ basketball game with District 6 playoff implications, and Purchase Line rallied from a 16-2 deficit for a 52-47 victory, locking up at least the third seed in the bracket and a home game to open the tournament, which begins next week.
“I really stressed to the girls that we want to host a playoff game so it’s pivotal that we win tonight,” Purchase Line coach Kelley Goss, who led the Red Dragons to the Class 1A championship game in her first season last year, said.
The Dragons (13-9) had to fight for it.
“They came out and hit some 3s and we didn’t get our rhythm,” Goss said. “They were ready to play, and they have several girls that can hit the 3. The kept us on our toes.”
First, the Trojans (10-12) put Purchase Line on its heels, jumping out to the big lead. Purchase line stopped Saltsburg’s first-quarter scoring at 16 and finished the period on a little run to pull within five at 16-11. Saltsburg led by six, 28-22, at halftime.
With Saltsburg’s margin at four going into the fourth quarter, Purchase Line finally found its offense and outscored Trojans 22-13. Addaleia Beer helped the Dragons tie the game early in the fourth quarter and pull into the lead and hold it, hitting 6 of 7 free throw attempts in the period.
Purchase Line finished 13-for-16 at the line, and Saltsburg was 8-for-12.
Madison Scalese, a 5-foot-6 guard, led Purchase Line with 20 points and seven rebounds. She had eight field goals and was 4-for-6 at the line.
“She stepped up,” Goss said. “She’s a sophomore, and she had a really good game.”
So did the seniors — Beer, Emileigh Syster, Kristin Zurenko and Destiny Bingaman — on Senior Night.
“All four played very well tonight,” Goss said.
Beer finished with nine points and 15 rebounds. Abby Goss turned in eight points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots. Bethany Smith and Syster combined for 13 points and 16 rebounds.
Saltsburg’s Abbie Dickie, a junior guard, scored a game-high 27 points. She finished with nine field goals, including four 3s, and was 5-for-7 at the line.
The Trojans finished the night in fifth place in the six-team rankings.
PURCHASE LINE 55, SALTSBURG 51: Purchase Line took a seven-point lead into halftime and made it stand up against Saltsburg in a non-conference game between Heritage Conference teams.
Purchase Line (12-9) won for the seventh time in nine games in advance of next week’s District 6 playoffs. The Red Dragons are sixth in the Class 2A rankings.
Saltsburg fell to 12-10 and sits third in the Class 1A rankings.
Jacob Barnett had a big night on Senior Night, scoring a game-high 26 points. Mello Sanchez finished with 17.
Purchase Line also recongized seniors Jacob Himes, Adam Woods and Hunter Antisdel.
John Calandrella and Michael Shirley combined for 23 points for Saltsburg. Tyler Roman and Dylian Palmer combined for 17.
GREENSBURG SALEM 50, INDIANA 49: Indiana’s bid to end the season with a third straight victory was spoiled by Greensburg Salem in a WPIAL non-section game at home.
Greensburg Salem’s Dante Parsons hit a go-ahead 3-point field goal with 25 seconds to play, and Indiana missed on its last possession.
The Indians held a 49-47 lead going into the last three minutes but missed the front end of a one-and-one free throw situation, followed with two turnovers and allowed three offensive rebounds on one possession, which set up Parsons’ 3-pointer that was ultimately the game-winner.
Alec Patroff led Indiana with 13 points. Gavin Homer scored 11.
Parson scored 14 for Greensburg Salem (5-17). Shamar McCoy finished with 12 and Ryan Thorne had 11.
Indiana closed the season at 5-17.
DuBOIS 80, WEST SHAMOKIN 49: West Shamokin managed only 11points combined in the second and fourth quarters and lost to DuBois in a non-conference home game.
DuBois scored 21 or more points in each of the first three quarters. Chase Husted and Lennon Lindholm combined for 43 points for DuBois.
Bo Swartz led West Shamokin with 14 points and four assists. Trevor Smulik scored 11 points and had seven rebounds and three assists.
West Shamokin (16-5), which is fourth in the Class 3A rankings, plays at Blairsville on Wednesday.