Jerica Snedden’s seven points and eight rebounds may not have been critical to Cambria Heights’ 45-25 win over Central in the District 6 Class AA girls playoff game at Central Cambria High School.

Those numbers didn’t need to be, the 5-foot-10 junior forward’s defensive presence at the perimeter proved to be a catalyst in the Highlanders’ triumph.

Snedden topped Cambria Heights’ 1-2-2 zone, limiting the looks that Central’s Alicia Nevins could get from the outside.

“Mr. Stanek showed us that defense a couple weeks ago and we were perfecting it for (Central),” Snedden said. “I think since I’m taller and I have longer arms that it was harder for (Nevins).”

On the inside, senior forward Amber Dubyak had things under control holding the Scarlet Dragons (18-7) at bay in the lane. A flu-ridden Dubyak scored 16 points and collected nine boards to pace Cambria Heights (19-6) in both categories.

In the end, the Highlanders took themselves a step closer to interdistrict play in the PIAA tournament. A point that Cambria Heights hasn’t seen in over two decades.

Avenging an earlier loss to the Dragons wasn’t a bad deal either.

“We talked about the fact that revenge was only going to last so long,” Highlanders coach Lee Stanek said. “The 1-2-2 was to keep Alicia Nevins in check. She’s shoots the ball from anywhere, we thought that the 1-2-2 would keep her from shooting that often.”

Nevins led the Scarlet Dragons with 13 points.

The Highlanders now draw top-seeded Bishop McCort in the 6-AA semifinals.

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