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| Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Delaney Cortazzo lines up for a foul shot in the last game of the regular season. PHOTOS:John Howard | The Jeannette Spirit
Ciara Gregory drives to the net in a Jeannette game this season.
Brittaney Williams shoots and scores three points in a Lady Jays win against Derry in the regular season.

2010 is not such a distant past in Jeannette girls basketball history — it was Ciara Gregory and Dominique Hall's freshman seasons, Kayla Cook was still a force on Jeannette's front court and the Jayhawks were on a playoff run that would culminate in the WPIAL Class-AA championship — but it is history nonetheless.

The Jayhawks would love nothing more than to bookend the Ciara Gregory era with another Double-A title. It would be a fitting end to a magnificent career that saw Gregory become Jeannette's all-time leading scorer with more than 2,000 points in her career.

2012 is more recent history for Jeannette, but definitely not the type of history the Jayhawks would like to see repeat itself. The Jayhawks were bumped out of the WPIAL playoffs in the round of 16 by New Brighton.

The 2013 Lady Jays will not have to worry about New Brighton, but other strong teams loom on Jeannette's side of the bracket.

The Jayhawks are the five-seed and earned a preliminary round bye. Jeannette began play this week in the round of 16 against Steel Valley. The game ended too late for this edition.

Should the Jayhawks survive that game, a quarterfinal matchup will most likely come against the fourth-seeded Deer Lakes Lancers. Jeannette lost in the regular season to Deer Lakes, 76-56.

The top-half of Jeannette's side of the bracket features the tournament's top seed, Seton-LaSalle, the team Jeannette beat to win the 2010 WPIAL title.

On the other side of the bracket, second-seeded Bishop Canevin and third-seeded Burrell head the list of favorites to advance to the championship game at AJ Palumbo Center on the campus of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.

The Jayhawks have the one thing that every team seeded above them or behind them cannot say they have — the WPIAL's leading scorer — and if Ciara Gregory has anything to say about it, her career at Jeannette will have a tidy narrative frame that begins and ends with a championship run.

WPIAL Class-AA,

Section 3

Jeannette (11-1) (15-6)

GCC (10-2) (16-6)

Riverview (7-5) (13-8)

Springdale (6-6) (11-12)

Shady Side (5-7) (7-14)

South Allegheny (3-9) (8-14)

East Allegheny (0-12) (1-18)

Dave Moio is a freelance writer.

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