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).