Pennsylvania High School Basketball - Schuylkill Valley thwarted by Berks CatholicFebruary 23, 2017: Reading, PA 19611
The Schuylkill Valley Panthers basketball team (Leesport, PA), was toppled 53-39 in Thursday's league battle with the host Berks Catholic Saints (Reading, PA)
The Saints now possess a 20-6 record.
The Panthers (16-9) will now prepare for their battle against Eastern York (Wrightsville, PA). The Golden Knights come into the non-league battle with a 15-11 record. In their last battle, Eastern York was toppled by Middletown (Middletown, PA), 74-62, in a non-league battle.
Highlights: Casey Jack scored a career-high 22 points, including all of Berks Catholic's 15 second-quarter points, as the top-seeded Saints topped No. 8 Schuylkill Valley 53-39 in a District 3 Class 4A quarterfinal at Wolf Gymnasium.
The Saints (20-6) advance to face No. 4 Middletown Monday at Garden Spot at 8.
The victory clinched a PIAA Tournament berth for the Saints for the fifth time in their six seasons. They missed the tournament last season.
The Panthers (15-10) remain alive for a state berth, which they can clinch with a win Monday against No. 5 Eastern York at Milton Hershey at 8. The loser of that game will be eliminated.
Jack went 0-for-6 from the floor in the first quarter before turning it around in the second, when he went 5-for-5, including three 3's. He had 17 points by halftime.
Two free throws by Jack gave the Saints a 6-4 lead midway through the first quarter and they led the rest of the way.