Valley News Dispatch WPIAL basketball playoff capsules
BOYSClass AAA: First round
• Kittanning (19-4) vs. No. 5 seed Central Valley (16-6)
8 p.m. Tuesday at Hampton
Winner plays: Beaver/Indiana winner Friday at a site and time to be determined
Layups: Kittanning won its first playoff game since 1984 with a 77-56 victory over Yough on Friday. Sterling Henry led the Wildcats with 23 points. The school hasn't won two straight playoff games since 1925. … Central Valley has made the playoffs all three seasons of its existence and has won 10 of its last 11 games. The school is a merger of Center and Monaca districts. Central Valley finished second to Beaver Area in Section 2-AAA and is led in scoring by Brian Kolich, who averages 13 points.
• Knoch (12-11) vs. No. 1 Chartiers Valley (19-3)
8 p.m. Tuesday at North Allegheny
Winner plays: West Mifflin/South Fayette winner Friday at a site and time to be determined
Layups: The Colts defeated Knoch in a nonsection game, 65-51, on Feb. 1, though the Knights trailed, 28-27, at the half. Knoch earned its first playoff victory in seven seasons Friday by turning back Mt. Pleasant, 52-40, in a preliminary-round game. Austin Miller led the Knights with 18 points. Knoch coach Ron McNabb has guided three different schools to the WPIAL playoffs after stints at Valley and Burrell. … Chartiers Valley has become one of the most respected powers in WPIAL basketball, winning five titles in the past 16 seasons and has made the playoffs 20 straight years. Powerful offense has scored more than 100 points twice this season and 80 points or more eight times. Colts are led by Michael Boulos (18.8 points per game) and Matty McConnell (16.5).
Girls Class AAAA: First round
• No. 8 Fox Chapel (17-5) vs. No. 9 Butler (13-9)
6:30 p.m. Tuesday at North Allegheny
Winner plays: Mt. Lebanon/Franklin Regional winner Friday at a site and time to be determined
Layups: Foxes won first section title in four seasons, finishing tied with Gateway in Section 2. Foxes are led by junior Erin Mathias who averages 17.4 points. Fox Chapel is on a roll, winning seven of its last eight games. … Butler finished the regular season strong, winning nine of its last 11 to finish in second in Section 3. The Golden Tornado's calling card is defense, yielding an average of 39 points, holding opponents to 40 points or fewer eight times. In the regular-season finale, a 31-25 win over Seneca Valley, Butler allowed seven field goals.
• No. 11 Plum (17-5) vs. No. 6 Penn-Trafford (18-4)
6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Woodland Hills
Winner plays: Bethel Park/Norwin winner Friday at a site and time to be determined
Layups: On the first night of the season, Penn-Trafford humbled the Mustangs, 74-37. Warriors are the highest-scoring team in Class AAAA, collecting 1,390 points. P-T finished second to Hempfield in Section 1. Warriors are led in scoring by Maria Palarino (13.5 points per game) and Taylor Cortazzo (12.1). P-T making fifth straight playoff trip and 12th overall in school history. … Plum looking for its first playoff win since 2002, when the the-No. 15 Mustangs shocked No. 2 Ambridge, 50-49. Plum has won eight of its last nine games. Krista Pietropola leads the Mustangs in scoring (17.0 ppg), followed by Courtney Zezza (10.1). All five Plum losses have been to playoff teams.
Class AA: First round
• No. 3 Burrell (20-2) vs. Carlynton (13-10)
6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Gateway
Winner plays: McGuffey/Riverside winner Friday at a site and time to be determined
Layups: Carlynton defeated Charleroi, 33-31, Friday in a preliminary-round game. Jordan Melko scored 13 points to lead the Cougars. Carlynton is making its first playoff appearance since 2005, which, at the time, was the school's 20th playoff berth in a 21-season span. … Burrell is in the playoffs for the 18th time. The Bucs are led by sophomore Sydney Bordonaro, who averages 14.6 points; freshman Natalie Myers checks in at 10.8. Burrell has given up 35 points or fewer in all 20 victories and limits opponents to an average of 27.1 points.
• No. 4 Deer Lakes (19-3) vs. OLSH (19-4)
6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Hampton
Winner plays: Jeannette/Steel Valley winner Friday at a site and time to be determined
Layups: Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, which is located near the Moon Township-Coraopolis border, won a preliminary-round game Friday over Riverview, 42-28. Bri Von Volkenburg scored 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Chargers. Tia Sciulli contributed 10 points and nine rebounds. OLSH is in the playoffs for the ninth straight year and 17th time overall. … Deer Lakes had another stellar regular season, going 19-3. The only losses were to Burrell (twice) and Class AAAA playoff participant Shaler. The Lancers have compiled an overall 74-17 record over the past four seasons. Deer Lakes is led by its senior triumvirate of Becca Babincak, who averages 18 points, and backcourt standouts Danielle and Nichole Kearns.
— George Guido
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