3-1 Trinity (26-2) vs. 12-2 Imhotep Charter (19-9)
Class 3A Quarterfinals: Friday, at Reading HS, 5 p.m.
Next round: Monday, vs. winner of 12-1 Neumann-Goretti (20-8)/2-1 Dunmore (25-0)
Scouting report: The Panthers are a fairly deep team, with quality perimeter play and length in the paint. The two biggest names are senior guard Alana Swift, a 1,000-point scorer and four-star recruit committed to Florida International University. Paired with the 5-foot-6 Swift is senior center Nadjy Tyler, a 6-foot-3 force that will play at Dayton University next season. Swift provides excellent ball handling and play-making, and is the top 3-point shooter. Tyler has above-average defensive range, able to alter shots at the rim while also ranging out to the arc to disrupt plays. Coming off a torn ACL more than a year ago, the four-star recruit is a double-double threat. Full-season stats are missing for Imhotep, but Swift is the leading scorer, with Tyler averaging nearly 10 points and 10 rebounds a game. Zamara Haynes (5-5 jr. G), Ayasha Thomas (5-4 so. G) and Lashanda Smith (5-6 fr. G) are among those that flank the Panthers’ top duo, and 6-0 freshman forward Taliyah Carter presents more interior size to deal with. The team can get up in transition quickly.
Factual: The last time the Shamrocks made the state quarterfinals was in 2008 in the old Class 2A. Trinity beat D11’s Pine Grove 63-43 that year, then lost to eventual champion York Catholic — which also beat Trinity a few weeks before for the District 3 crown — 55-52 in the PIAA semis. It was the last of four straight years the ‘Rocks made the quarters, losing to Delone Catholic or YC all four times in the semis or quarters. ... The Panthers have made the state tournament each of the past seven years. This is their third quarterfinal appearance in four seasons.