Class AA: Cardinal O’Hara (24-2) vs. Msgr. Scanlan (n/a), 7 p.m. at St. John Villa, Staten Island: O’Hara may have its work cut out for itself, but the Monsignor Martin champions, News No. 1 Large School and state’s second-ranked school in Class AA are confident. If the Hawks play the way they did in the MMA final triumph over Sacred Heart they can reach Saturday’s state Catholic final where either Christ the King or St. Anthony’s (L.I.) will await. UB-commit Summer Hemphill (15.5 ppg, 8.4 rpg) and junior Anndea Zeigler (15.2 ppg) look to counter Scanlan’s big two of Towson-commit Nukiya Mayo and prospect Delphynia Sparks.
Class A: Sacred Heart (18-7) vs. Notre Dame Academy of Staten Island (14-12), 6 p.m. at Holy Trinity (Hicksville, L.I.): The Sharks receive the consolation prize for finishing as runner-up in the Monsignor Martin Association, the league’s Class A bid. At least for one game, this could work out in Sacred Heart’s favor as it faces a Cinderella of sorts which beat the CHSAA top seed in Cardinal Spellman before losing in the final to Scanlan. Of course the Sharks don’t know much about the Gators other than they don’t look like they have much height. Sacred Heart has 6-2 senior Sarah Young who’s averaging a double-double, while sophomore Micaela Ryan has had a solid season (12 ppg, 6 rpg, 3 steals per game). Point guard Danielle Hore was MVP of the Art Dobson Memorial and makes good decisions running the half-court. Winner faces either St. Francis Prep or St. Anthony’s (L.I.) at 3 p.m. Saturday at St. John Villa.
Class B: St. Mary’s (11-13) vs. Sacred Heart of Queens (n/a), 5 p.m. at Msgr. McClancy in Queens: This is something first-year coach Jason Kline didn’t expect but welcomes as the Lancers have picked a good time to be playing their best basketball. They also received a good playoff draw, too, which helps. St. Mary’s top scorer is freshman Caroline Zanghi (12 ppg, 11.5 rpg). Two seniors who have kept the Lancers steady include Jena Zajac and Annie Hamilton. St. Mary’s will try to slow it down and win a low-scoring affair as it averages 37 ppg. Winner of this game faces either St. John the Baptist or Monsignor McClancy at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. John Villa.