State High sending both basketball teams to state playoffs

STATE COLLEGE -- State College Area High School will have two teams to cheer for during the state playoffs as both the boys and girls teams are preparing for the first round, starting on Friday.

And both of these teams have taken different paths to reach the state tournament.

The boys team started the season with two losses but went on a win streak all the way to a district title championship, their third straight.

"Got it together and we're 19 and two since then, so things are clicking," junior forward Max Benner said.

The girls, on the other hand, were facing the adversity of starting the season with a new head coach after many seasons under Bethany Irwin. New head coach Chris Leazier brought an uptempo offense to the Lady Little Lions. The girls have had some ups and downs throughout the season as they have learned the new system, but they feel like they reached their groove.

"We definitely had to adjust together and it took us awhile to figure out how each other played but I think we are playing well together now," senior center Taylor Love said.

Now both Little Lion teams will be in search of overcoming their first round hump in playoffs as both teams were eliminated in the opening games last year. And they have the confidence that they can do so.

"I think we can go as far as we want to take ourselves, we got the potential, we got the size," senior guard Rian Scanlon said.

"We're not finished, we're going to keep going until we are stopped," sophomore guard Jessica Lingenfelter said.

The boys will be taking on Woodland Hills on Saturday at Bald Eagle Area at 5:30 p.m., while the girls face Mount Lebanon on Friday at Bald Eagle Area at 6 p.m.

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