Girls Basketball: O’Hara, Arch. Wood battle for Catholic League supremacy

Shanice Johnson and Cardinal O'Hara are vying for their first PCL title in five seasons.

Shanice Johnson and Cardinal O’Hara are vying for their first PCL title in five seasons.

It has been five years since Cardinal O’Hara last captured a Philadelphia Catholic League title.

How long ago was that? The seniors on this year’s Lions were in the seventh grade.

Those were the old days, before Catholic League schools were members of the PIAA. So, after the Lions won the title that season, that was it. They were done.

This year they get to take on Archbishop Wood. The ultimate goal is playing for the chance to win a state title, which the Lions will do regardless of tonight’s outcome.

The PCL championship is far from what it used to be in many sports (take football, for instance. The title has the same significance as a McDonald’s Happy Meal toy). But I am of the belief that the PCL title means a lot more in sports like basketball and baseball. After all, there’s a fair balance of competition in those sports.

Archbishop Wood won the 2011 PCL title, but lost to Archbishop Carroll in last year’s game. The Vikings are the three-time defending PIAA Class AAA champion.

Game time is 6:30 p.m. at the Palestra. That’s where I’m headed right now.

I expect a close one.

Prediction: Cardinal O’Hara 42, Arch. Wood 41

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