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Monessen girls dump Cornell in playoffs

Monessen started slowly but quickly gained control Wednesday night in a 38-28 victory over Cornell in the first round of the WPIAL Class A playoffs at West Allegheny.

After falling behind, 11-9, at the end of the first quarter and recovering to claim a 22-18 halftime lead, Monessen turned to its defense, holding Cornell to two points in the third quarter.

Sophomore guards Natawsja Sosnak and Geena Shrader scored 12 and 11 points, respectively, for Monessen (17-4). Karissa Lee had 14 for Cornell (10-13).

Hopewell 65, Montour 45 — Elise Farris scored a game-high 24 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead No. 1 Hopewell (23-0), the only undefeated team left in the WPIAL, to a victory against Montour (11-11) in the first round of the Class AAA playoffs at Chartiers Valley. Shatori Walker-Kimbrough added 18 points for Hopewell, and Paige Alviani had 12.

North Catholic 73, Avella 38 — North Catholic took a 20-2 lead after the opening quarter and finished with 45 points at halftime at Northgate. Kendall Hoffman (16 points) and Sarah Goetz (11) led North Catholic (20-3). Amanda Temple had 21 for Avella (14-8).

Quigley 69, Western Beaver 20 — Allie Brooks and Taylor Verrico teamed to lead No. 2 Quigley (18-2) to a first-round victory at Seneca Valley. Brooks scored a game-high 18 points, and Verrico added 15. Both players dished out seven assists. Quigley's Ashley Fink added an impressive total of eight steals. Western Beaver finished its season at 4-15.

Fort Cherry 61, California 32 — Rebekah Bellhy scored 20 points, and Jessie Merckle added 16 to lead Fort Cherry (16-4) to a Class A first-round victory at Charleroi. Kristina Wagner led California (12-9) with 13. Fort Cherry will play Monessen on Saturday in a quarterfinal game.

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South Fayette 62, Laurel 30 — South Fayette's Mike Lamberti (14 points), Mike Burroughs (12) and Pat Zedreck (11) led South Fayette in an easy win over Laurel in a Class AA first-round game at West Allegheny. Lamberti, with 14 rebounds, and Burroughs, with 12, recorded double-doubles. South Fayette (18-4) has won six games in a row since a loss to Class A No. 1 Sewickley Academy on Jan. 31.

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