Old Forge girls basketball players found themselves in a mess of trouble when they stumbled early against Wyoming Seminary.
Soon enough the Lady Devils found their offense and started to chase down the Blue Knights.
They showed they have the ability to come back as long as Lindsey Welsh and Alexandra Nocera are on the court.
Nocera poured in 16 points and had five assists to lead Old Forge to a 58-48 victory over the Blue Knights in a District 2 Class 2A semifinal.
Nocera usually plays a secondary role but picked up her game with the season on the line. The Lady Devils got their offense moving at the same time its defense was shutting down the Blue Knights.
Welsh finished with 15 points and Olivia Ciullo chipped in with 12 points.
Old Forge boys
Ordinarily, Old Forge has a history of trying to play at the quickest speed possible.
But coming up against top-seeded Holy Cross in its district semifinal the Blue Devils, tried to go another way.
It did not work out. Holy Cross ended Old Forge’s season with a 45-25 victory.
The slow down worked briefly, keeping Holy Cross from getting into the kind of rhythm a fast paced team tries to look for.
Old Forge trimmed the lead to three points early in the second quarter before the Crusaders defense shut down the Blue Devils.
Old Forge only scored one basket over the next 15 minutes, bringing them back within 8 points but once again the Blue Devils were held to one basket the rest of the way.
The Blue Devils were much more successful in their playoff opener against Mountain View.
Brandon Nee scored 19 points to pace Old Forge to a 56-47 win.
Michael DiGregorio netted 14 points for the Blue Devils, who made five 3-point baskets.
The Riverside boys basketball team entered its District 2 Class 3A quarterfinal against Mid Valley with a 9-13 record, but felt confident about making the third meeting its charm.
The Vikings used a balanced scoring attack, getting double-digit points from three different players, as Riverside downed the Spartans, 46-29, to advance to the district semifinals.
The Vikings took command in the third quarter, matching its first-half output with a 16-8 surge that enabled Riverside to grab a 32-22 lead entering the final eight minutes.
Jason Holman joined freshman Michael Rickert with 13 points apiece while Evan Carrubba chipped in with 10 and Marcos Echeverria notched eight. Even though Michael Antoniacci managed just two points, he handed out six assists to close the scorebook for the Vikings.
Riverside was paired up against Holy Redeemer in the semifinals but fell short of their second upset of the tournament 51-45.
Echeverria hoisted 17 points in the second half including 12 in the third quarter.
Freshman Michael Rickert was the only other player for Riverside to reach double figures with 12 points.
Riverside also opened its Class 3A playoff schedule with a familiar opponent in Mid Valley; but unlike the boys matchup, it was Riverside that had captured both regular-season matchups with the Spartans.
However, once again, the team that had swept the regular-season games between lost its only playoff game this season as Mid Valley rallied for a 37-31 win over the Lady Vikes.
But Riverside head coach Jack Meliko may be putting together an outstanding team that already has something going for it, with two veteran starters or maybe even a three-player deep scramble for the last spot. Considering that freshmen Emily Taylor and Alese Karpinski each scored 11 points in the season-ending loss to the Spartanettes, and the return of veteran Julia Antoniacci, Riverside seems to have enough talent to challenge for the Lackawanna League Division III crown next year.