HOMER CITY — The Homer-Center girls are going into the District 6 playoffs coming off a big win.
The Homer-Center boys are going in coming off a hard-luck loss.
In a girls-boys doubleheader at the HomerDome on Tuesday, the Wildcats held off Punxsutawney in the girls’ game, 43-30, but the boys fell in double overtime, 75-74, in non-conference games that wrapped up the regular season.
The Homer-Center girls overcame a seven-point deficit in the second half and survived six 3-point field goals by Punxsutawney’s Riley Presloid. The Wildcats took a four-point lead late in the fourth quarter and held on.
Marlee Kochman scored 12 points and was the lone Homer-Center player in double figures. Macy Sardone scored eight points, Molly Kosmack grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked four shots to go with eight points. Kennidy Page, Vada Walbeck and Ayannah Elliott combined for the other 14 points. Page also had five rebounds.
Sarah Weaver joined Presloid in double figures with 13 points.
Both teams closed the with 17-5 records.
The Homer-Center boys had to climb out of a an early 13-0 hole and rally from a 10-point deficit going into the fourth quarter and could have won in regulation had they converted their free throws. Homer-Center was 12-for-26 from the free throw line, and Punxsutawney was 16-for-21.
The Wildcats grabbed a one-point lead late in the game before settling for overtime and then scoring the first four points of the first extra period before the Chucks came back.
Punxsutawney broke a tie with a free throw with 2.7 seconds left in the second overtime.
Daren Byers poured in 29 points for Punxs’y (7-13). Micah Kriebel scored 16.
Jaden Evanick led Homer-Center (15-8) with 22 points. Ryan Sardone finished with 14 points, and Jon Gearhart hit three 3-pointers and scored 13.
Playoff pairings are expected to be released Thursday evening.
The Homer-Center girls are sitting fifth in the Class 2A rankings and are likely facing a matchup at No. 4 Bishop Guilfoyle (16-5). The top three teams in the rankings are Bellwood-Antis (21-1), Penns Manor (20-2) and Juniata Valley (18-3).
The Homer-Center boys are sitting in the fourth in the Class 2A rankings and are likely facing a matchup against No. 5 Southern Huntingdon (13-8). The top three teams in the rankings are Bishop Guilfoyle (18-2), West Branch (17-3) and Portage (17-4).