New Oxford at Solanco District 3 Class 5A Girls Basketball Playoff

Grace Kreider (10) of Solanco gains control of the ball after a steal while Jayla Brown of New Oxford gives chase in the District Three Class 5A girls opener at Solanco High School in Quarryville, PA on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019.

The nine local girls’ basketball teams that qualified for the upcoming PIAA tournament learned their first-round sites and times on Sunday.

The three Lancaster County teams that won District Three championships — Lancaster Catholic, Linden Hall and Lancaster Country Day — won’t have to travel very far for their openers next weekend.

Lancaster Catholic, the D3-4A champ, and Lancaster Country Day, the D3-1A champ, will play in a double-header on Saturday at Warwick in Lititz: The Crusaders (28-0), who are out to defend their PIAA crown, will take on District Seven seventh-place finisher Quaker Valley (13-10) at 6:30 p.m., after the Cougars (19-5) square off against District Four fourth-place finisher Benton (15-10), which tips off at 5 p.m.

Quaker Valley will make a 250-plus-mile trip to Warwick to face Lancaster Catholic, which will be looking to tie the PIAA girls’ record of 61 victories in a row.

Linden Hall (18-3), the D3-2A champ and all-girls school situated in Lititz, will take on District Four runner-up Sayre (20-7) in a first-round game on Friday at 5 p.m. at Conestoga Valley.

The other six local teams in the PIAA field all face first-round road trips:

In Class 6A, District Three seventh-place finisher Cedar Crest (19-8) will square off against District One champ Garnet Valley (25-1) on Friday at 6 p.m. at Spring-Ford High School in Royersford.

In Class 5A, District Three fourth-place finisher Solanco (20-7) will take on District One runner-up Mount St. Joseph (13-13) on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. at Upper Dublin High School in Fort Washington, while Elizabethtown (17-10), the District Three eighth-place finisher, will square off against District One champ Villa Maria (24-4) on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at Spring-Ford.

Elco (21-7), the District Three fourth-place finisher and L-L League finalist, will take on District Two champ Scranton Prep (24-1) in a first-round Class 4A game on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at Marywood University in Scranton.

Meanwhile, in Class 3A, District Three third-place finisher Lancaster Mennonite (21-6) will be hitting the road to Philadelphia, where the Blazers will take on District 12 runner-up Imhotep Charter (17-9) on Friday at 5:30 p.m. at Lincoln High School.

And in 1A, District Three fourth-place finisher Veritas Academy out of Leola will meet District Six champ Bishop Carroll (17-7) on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. at Central Cambria in Ebensburg. That means a 190-plus-mile bus ride for Veritas (16-9).

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