WPIAL playoff basketball capsules
WPIAL PLAYOFF CAPSULES
Class AAA: Quarterfinals
• No. 10 Fox Chapel (17-6) vs. No. 2 North Allegheny (20-3)
3 p.m. Saturday at North Hills
Winner plays: No. 3 Hampton (19-4)/No. 11 McKeesport (15-7) Wednesday at a site and time to be determined
Layups: Fox Chapel is coming off a 51-43 victory over Hempfield on Wednesday behind Brian Papich's 23 points. Matt D'Amico, held to eight points against Hempfield, remains the team's leading scorer at 22.7 points per game, with Papich checking in with a 14.9 average. The most recent Fox Chapel trip to the quarterfinals in 2007 resulted in a 53-51 victory over Central Catholic. ... North Allegheny manhandled Canon-McMillan, 65-38, in first-round play Wednesday. The Tigers were paced by Adam Haus and James Meeker with 14 points each. Sean Hennigan leads the team in scoring at 12.9 points per game. North Allegheny lost a quarterfinal to Butler last season in overtime, 63-61.
Class AA: Quarterfinals
• Apollo-Ridge (17-7) vs. No. 4Jeannette (18-4)
1 p.m. Saturday at Plum
Winner plays: No. 1 Beaver Falls (20-3)/Brentwood (14-9) Wednesday at a site and time to be determined
Layups: Apollo-Ridge upset No. 5 Sto-Rox, 56-52, Wednesday in first-round play. Lucas Burrell led the A-R effort with 18 points. This will be the Vikings' first quarterfinal appearance since 1991 when Apollo-Ridge lost to Serra Catholic. A victory would earn A-R its first PIAA playoff berth since 1988; a loss would force the Vikings to pull for Jeannette in the next round. All five Vikings starters average around 10-11 points per game. Apollo-Ridge has started its first two playoff games fast with opening-quarter surges. … Jeannette is a playoff regular, making the WPIAL tournament each of the last 12 seasons and 40 times overall. The Jayhawks lost their last two regular-season games but got back on the winning track in a big way Wednesday with a 71-44 rout over Aliquippa. Julian Batts had 22 points for Jeannette, and Jordan Edmunds chipped in with 18. Duke Brown leads the Jayhawks in scoring with 19.4 points per game.
Class AA: Quarterfinals
• Burrell (17-6) vs. No. 2 Greensburg Central Catholic (22-1)
2:30 p.m. Saturday at Plum
Winner plays: No. 3 Seton-La Salle (21-2)/Quaker Valley (19-4) Wednesday at a site and time to be determined
Layups: Burrell coming off a 61-50, win over Washington, outscoring the Little Prexies, 19-2, during the final 5:55. Pete Spagnolo led the Bucs with 18 points and is the team's top scorer at 13.1 points per game. Winner of this game secures a berth in the PIAA playoffs, which begin March 9; loser has to root for the winner to make the state bracket. Greensburg Central's only loss on the season came to two-time defending Class AAAA champion Gateway on Dec. 28. The Centurions are riding a 14-game winning streak, including a 52-38 decision over Northgate on Wednesday. Brian Graytok leads GCC in scoring, averaging 21.5 points per game, just ahead of Zach Herman at 20.7. The Centurions in the playoffs for the 13th straight season, 29th time overall. GCC offense averages 69.1 points per game, while Burrell gives up an average of 46.5 a game.
Class A: Quarterfinals
• No. 12 St. Joseph (11-12) vs. No. 4 Quigley (17-5)
1 p.m Saturday at Northgate
Winner plays: No. 1 Vincentian (22-1)/No. 8 Winchester-Thurston (13-8) Wednesday at a site and time to be determined.
Layups: It'll be the Spartans vs. the Spartans in Bellevue, and the winner also gets a PIAA playoff berth. St. Joseph opened the playoffs by surprising No. 5 Avella, 45-30. On Dec. 8 at the Spartans Tip-off Tournament, Quigley won the championship with a 49-43 victory over St. Joseph, which has never made it past the quarterfinal round in nine previous playoff trips. Junior Mallory Heinle is the fifth-leading scorer in Class A with an average of 19.7 points per game. ... Quigley has won nine of its past 10 games, including an 81-38 rout over California last Saturday. Quigley, which has made the playoffs 23 times, is led in scoring by Kaitlyn Smith at 12.5 points per game. Quigley is a Catholic school located in Baden, Beaver County.
— George Guido