Friday night was a big night for high school basketball in western Pennsylvania — a rematch between two of the top teams and two of biggest rivals in Mercer County. Sharon and Hickory headlined our WKBN Game of the Week with first place and a lifetime of bragging rights on the line.
The game at Hickory High School has been circled on the calendar since the first meeting between the Tigers and Hornets on January 5, which Sharon won by three. It marked the lone loss of the season to this point for Hickory.
The Hornets came in at 17-1 overall, seated atop the Region 5 standings.
Sharon, on the other hand, was 15-3 — currently in second place in Region 5.
Hickory entered the night red-hot, having ripped off nine straight wins. Sharon won five of the last six but the Tigers topped Hickory in four of the last five head-to-head meetings.