An 11-point deficit to start the game was of little concern to the Cedar Cliff Colts on Friday evening, as they roared back to thump Altoona 51-36 in the PIAA Class 6A first round at Hollidaysburg High School. The District 3 sixth seed Colts (20-7) got the score back to 14-5 by the end of the first quarter and then held the Mountain Lions to a single second-quarter point to take a 17-15 lead at the half. Jannelle Robinson and Maddie Sitler tied for a game-high 10 points, while Emily Esser and Rachael Reilly each chipped in eight for Cedar Cliff. District 6 champ Altoona got nine points from Olivia Hudson. The Colts will face District 7’s Penn Hills (22-3), 43-29 winners over Bethel Park, Tuesday in the second round.
Nanticoke’s Kayla Aufiero scored her 1,000th point to lead the Trojans to a 52-46 victory over West Perry in Friday’s Class 4A opener. The District 2 champions will face Gwynedd-Mercy, which beat Audenried 71-45, in Tuesday’s second round.