3-1 Trinity (24-3) vs. 1-1 New Hope-Solebury (17-9)
Class 3A Quarterfinals: Saturday, at Reading HS, 2:30 p.m.
Next round: Tuesday, vs. winner of 12-1 Neumann-Goretti (21-7)/12-3 Philadelphia Bishop McDevitt (20-7)
Scouting report: Two teams coached by veterans of 18 or more years. Rick Fedele helms a Lions squad that features three-year starting center Topher Taylor. He’ll present a challenge inside at 6-foot-9 for Shamrocks forwards like Kalen Veres and Aley Zangari, and guards like Chance Westry who like to drive to the rim. Taylor and 6-0 sophomore forward Philip Weinsemier are great at contesting shots. (Go watch Weinsemier’s vicious chase-down stuff against Dobbins Tech last week on Hudl.) Taylor is good on the glass, patient on both ends of the floor, can shoot the midrange jumper and cracked 1,000 career points in the PIAA opener against Dobbins Tech. The back court is led by senior Connor Wallace, a capable scorer from multiple levels. The last two seniors are Logan Waterman, who appears to be a 3-point shooter, and Patrick Cooney, a scoring presence off the bench.
Factual: This matches the farthest NH-S has gone at states. In 1995, the Lions made the old Class 1A quarterfinals, losing to Scotland 91-44. New Hope’s last PIAA appearance before 2019 was in 2013; it is just the sixth state appearance for the program. ... Two more PIAA wins this year ties Trinity with Beaver Falls, Cathedral Prep and Steel-High for seventh in state history with 59 tournament wins. ... A win by Trinity and Neumann-Goretti would set up a rematch of last year’s PIAA Class 3A semifinal, a 66-56 N-G win at Governor Mifflin before winning the state championship. ... The last time the Shamrocks made consecutive state semis appearances was in 2005, which was the last of five straight semifinals, a stretch that produced state titles in ‘01 and ‘03 and a loss in 2004.