Girls Basketball: CLASS AAAA PREVIEW — Cardinal O’Hara vs. Mount St. Joseph

On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, we’ll publish capsules previewing each PIAA state tournament game involving Delco teams. For full previews, check out Gametimepa.com/Delco or pick up a copy of the Daily Times on Friday.

CARDINAL O’HARA (16-8) vs. MOUNT ST. JOSEPH (26-3)

at Cheltenham

Friday, 6:30 p.m.

As Cardinal O’Hara coach Linus McGinty put it, “They’re a great team.”

That sort of praise is reserved for only the best, and the Magic have proven year after year they are one of the

powerhouses in not only Southeastern Pa., but the entire state.

The Lions have a tough draw, but it’s a game they can certainly win. Ignoring records, which are deceiving this time a year, the Lions and Magic are fairly evenly matched.

One of MSJ’s losses was against the same Bonner-Prendergast team that O’Hara defeated in January. The Lions (16-8) should have their hands full with Villanova recruit Alex Louin, who poured in 27 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in the Magic’s win over West Chester Rustin in the District One third-place contest. Louin is an exceptional talent, a player who is capable of playing just about anywhere on the floor. Of course, O’Hara has a player of Louin’s caliber, Mia Farmer, who is the 2013-14 Catholic League MVP. Watching those two go at it will be well worth the price of admission.

“They’ve had a great year in Southeast Pennsylvania. Louin has had a great year — and she’s real good — and the other three kids, if you don’t pay attention to them, they’re going to hurt you,” McGinty said. “They handled Rustin twice and (Rustin) beat us fairly easy. They lost to Prendie and we beat Prendie. So, who knows? It should be a great game. We just want to hold Louin down because she can go for 40 points or something. They’re 26-3 and they wound up losing to Spring-Ford, who is another great team. At least in the Eastern side of the bracket, there really are a lot of great teams in the tournament.”

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