By Tom Robinson, NEPABasketball.com
Abington Heights coach Ken Bianchi ran his career win total to 800 and Dunmore kept its loss total firmly at zero Friday night, giving District 2 a pair of state semifinalists playing Monday night.
The defending state champion Comets moved within two wins of a title repeat in Class 5A boys while the Lady Bucks brought an end to the longest current championship streak in girls basketball by stopping four-time defending champion Neumann-Goretti in Class 3A.
Trey Koehler scored 20 points and Jack Nealon added 19 as Abington Heights defeated District 1 champion Sun Valley, 61-46, at Bethlehem Freedom High School.
Koehler had 10 points in the first 3:55 to make sure Abington Heights never trailed.
Dunmore led wire-to-wire as well after scoring the first 10 points and turning back several surges by District 12 champion Neumann-Goretti in a 54-47 victory at Lehighton Elementary School.
Freshman Moriah Murray drained six 3-pointers and scored 27 points for Dunmore.
The district’s other two teams were eliminated.
Lower Moreland defeated Scranton Prep, 65-58, in Class 4A boys to open the doubleheader in Bethlehem.
Mahanoy Area downed Old Forge, 54-40, in a Class A girls at Hazleton Area.
Koehler finished the first quarter with 12 points and 2 blocked shots. He also had seven rebounds in the game.
Nealon went 3-for-5 from 3-point range and 8-for-8 from the line. His 3-pointer with six minutes left restored order.
With first-team, all-stater George Tinsley sitting on the bench with four fouls and Abington Heights having gone six minutes without a field goal to watch its lead dwindle from 15 to 6, Nealon stepped up and stuck a 24-footer for a 45-36 lead.
That 3-pointer started a clinching, 8-0 that included another Nealon basket and three points by Koehler.
Corey Perkins added 12 points and 4 steals.
Tinsley contributed a game-high eight rebounds, all on the defensive end, along with seven points and three assists.
Victoria Toomey got Dunmore started against a team ranked first in the state in Class 3A for the second straight game. Her three-point play started the opening 10-0 run.
After baskets by Gianna Delfino and Lisa Tallo, Murray hit a 3-pointer and the Lady Bucks were off and running against the team that ended four of the last five Dunmore seasons.
Neumann-Goretti cut an 11-point deficit to 33-32 late in the third quarter before Murray struck again from long distance.
The Lady Bucks closed the quarter with a 7-0 burst to a 40-32 lead. Delfino added a basket and Murray two free throws.
Delfino finished with 13 points and Toomey had 12.
Lafayette recruit Leo O’Boyle completed his Scranton Prep career with 31 points in the loss to Lower Moreland.
Brian Boland added 10 points and 6 assists.
MORE AHEAD: Return to NEPABasketball.com Saturday and beyond as we continue to recap what has happened so far and look ahead to what is coming up in the state tournament.