The first round of the District One Class AAAA tournament is complete. The only teams that survived were No. 4 Garnet Valley and 19th-seeded Radnor, which disposed of No. 14 Strath Haven in an overtime thriller.
Sun Valley is the fifth seed in District One Class AAA. Saturday the Vanguards face No. 4 Lower Moreland. Finally, in Class A, No. 5 Delco Christian faces off against league rival fourth-seeded Christopher Dock (the teams split their previous meetings).
In the Catholic League, Cardinal O’Hara — long the No. 1 team in Delco — and Bonner-Prendergast — recently and presently the No. 1 team in Delco — were disposed in the quarterfinals. Archbishop Carroll avenged a 17-point defeat to O’Hara with an exciting 40-38 victory Friday afternoon.
Finally, Notre Dame and Episcopal Academy chase after the independent schools title this week.
For now, we give you the latest Super 7.
1. Bonner Prendergast (13-9)
Archbishop Ryan broke the Pandas hearts in Friday’s Catholic League quarterfinal. Alyssa Monaghan did all she could do, dropping in 26 points and tied the game from the free-throw line with 13 seconds to play. Alas, Ryan won on a buzzer-beater, ending B-P’s title hopes.
The good news is, Bonner-Prendie is still alive for a spot in the PIAA Class AAA tournament. To my best understanding, four teams from District 12 make the tourney, so the Pandas would have to win their qualifying game later this month.
The Pandas are No. 1 in the county on account of their stunning dismantling of O’Hara last week. That victory carries a lot of weight, especially this late into the season.
2. Cardinal O’Hara (18-5)
The young Lions have hit a few rough patches, losing three in a row to Archbishop Wood, Bonner-Prendie and, most recently, Archbishop Carroll in the Catholic quarters. I’ll take their body of work any day of the week, though, thus their No. 2 ranking in this week’s Super 7.
3. Archbishop Carroll (15-8)
The Patriots upset O’Hara to advance to the Catholic League semifinals, where they’ll play Neumann-Goretti Thursday night at Philadelphia University. Lexi Stover, Julia Gantz, Keara McNulty and Ann McKnight, all of whom senior guards, have the ability to take Carroll far in states.
4. Garnet Valley (22-2)
The Jaguars could have a tough time against 13th-seeded Cheltenham in the second round of the District One Class AAAA tournament.
5. Episcopal Academy (17-6)
The Churchwomen set their sights on winning the Pa. Independent championship after they fell short of capturing their third straight Inter-Ac title.
6. Penn Wood (14-7)
The Patriots probably deserved a better fate in the district playoffs. Their loss to Cheltenham last Thursday marks the straight year they were one-and-done. A team as athletically gifted as the Patriots should be playing deep into the playoffs.
7. Radnor (17-7)
Hey look, the Raiders are winning in February again, this time as a Class AAAA program. They won Radnor-Strath Haven Part IV and now have the dubious task of trying to take down No. 3 Mount St. Joseph.
Strath Haven (19-6) … The Panthers’ impressive season ended in overtime against Radnor last Saturday.
Sun Valley (16-6) … It’s been a while since we’ve seen them. The Vanguards are preparing for Saturday afternoon’s District One Class AAA quarterfinal at Lower Moreland.