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Downingtown East, Sun Valley eye district finals berths

District 1-AAAA Semifinals

At Council Rock South, 6 p.m.

(11) Downingtown East (21-6, 10-2) vs. (2) Central Bucks West (26-1, 14-0)

How Downingtown East got here: Paige Warfel had 10 of her game-high 25 points in the fourth quarter to power the Cougars to a 52-47 triumph over (3) Mount St. Joseph Academy Monday. D-East led from wire-to-wire, building a 29-16 halftime lead and withstanding a late charge by hitting 5 of 6 free throws down the stretch after the Magic had drawn within 2 at the 1:21 mark. Also contributing to the win were Kaelyn Johns with 10 points, Aryah Aungst with 7 and Lindsay Kent with 6.

How CB West got here: The Bucks also went wire-to-wire for the victory, dumping SOL rival (7) Upper Dublin 55-40 in the quarterfinals. Leading the way for CB West were Binghamton (N.Y.) recruit Corinne Godshall (19 points, 10 rebounds) and Nicole Munger (13 points, 8 rebounds).

Downingtown East at a glance

Trending: Cougars have won three straight and 12 of their last 13, the only loss a 27-25 setback to Bishop Shanahan in the Ches-Mont title game

Players to watch: 6-0 Jr. G Paige Warfel (19 ppg), 5-11 Jr. F Lindsay Kent,5-11 Jr. F Laura Ochsner, 5-8 Sr. G Kaelyn Johns, 5-8 Jr. G Aryah Aungst

Inside scoop: Warfel has scored a combined 46 points in last two district wins … Short bench with only 6 or 7 players in the normal rotation … Clinched first state playoff berth since 2011 with win over Rustin in second round … Finished second in the Ches-Mont National behind eventual champion Bishop Shanahan … Snapped Rustin’s 40-game Ches-Mont League win streak with a 57-40 decision over the Golden Knights in the league semifinals … Opened districts with a 37-32 win over Haverford High and followed that up by topping Rustin 54-49 for the second straight time … Signature wins over district qualifiers (6) Rustin 57-40 and 54-49, (25) Downingtown West 39-36 and 44-33, (26) Pennridge 50-45, (21) Coatesville 48-38 and 62-40 and (18) Unionville 48-32

Central Bucks West at a glance

Trending: 20-game winning streak

Players to watch: First team all-state returning senior Nicole Munger (18.0 ppg), Mackenzie Carroll (11.2), Corinne Godshall (9.8), Mackenzie Mason (9.0)

Inside scoop: Defeated Abington 51-38 for first SOL title in program history … Only loss this season was to Lake Taylor (Va.) 68-57 on Dec. 27 at the Boo Williams Christmas Classic in Hampton, Va. … SOL Continental Conference champions during the regular season (14-0) … Defeated (15) Council Rock North 55-38 in the second round after taking care of Central Bucks East 67-37 in the opening round … Signature wins over district qualifiers (7) Upper Dublin (63-41 and 55-40), (8) North Penn (60-54, 56-44), (12) CB South (59-35, 73-29), (23) Neshaminy (61-25), (26) Pennridge (71-50, 71-39) and (32) CB East (64-38, 67-37)

The winner gets: (16) Spring-Ford/(5) Abington survivor in the district final Friday night (6 p.m.) at Temple University

District 1-AAA Semifinals

(5) Sun Valley (17-6, 7-5) vs.  (1) Gwynedd Mercy Academy (21-4, 12-1)

At Wissahickon, 7:30 p.m.

How Sun Valley got here: Madison Corrento had 7 of her career-high 24 points in overtime to lift the Vanguards to a 57-52 triumph over (4) Lower Moreland Monday. Kate Lannon added 21 points for the winners.

How Gwynedd Mercy Academy got here: The Monarchs raced out to a 19-point halftime lead and never looked back in dispatching of (8) Nazareth Academy 64-25. Erica DeCandido finished with 12 points and Brigit Coleman added 11 for GMA

Sun Valley at a glance

Trending: 4-1 over last 5 games, 6-4 over last 10

Players to watch: 5-9 sophomore forward Kate Lannan (18 ppg, 11 rpg), 5-11 sophomore forward Shannon Savage (10 ppg, 9 rpg), senior guards Madison Corrento, Brooke Duncan, Hannah Turner, Carson Adelberger

Inside scoop: Playing in district tournament for second straight season … Seeking first trip to the PIAA tournament in program history … Started the season 10-1 before hitting a down period that produced a 3-4 mark of the next seven … Lannan and Savage are dominant forces on the interior

Gwynedd Mercy at a glance

Trending: 8-2 over last 10

Players to watch: 5-10 junior F Erica DeCandido, 5-6 junior G Brigit Coleman, 5-8 senior G Emily Sullivan, 5-8 freshman G Carly Heineman, 5-6 freshman G Maura Conroy

Inside scoop: Started the season with 10 straight victories …. Lost to District 1-AAAA No. 3 seed Mount St. Joseph Academy 29-26 in the Catholic Academies championship game. Two of four losses have come at the hands of MSJ … Outscore the opposition by more than 15 ppg – 48.8-33.4 … Built on defense and strong guard play with DeCandido an accomplished player inside

The winner gets: (2) Pope John Paul II/(3) Merion Mercy  in the D1-AAA championship game Saturday (4 p.m.) at Upper Dublin. The semifinal losers will meet Saturday at Upper Dublin in a clash for the third and final state playoff seed

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