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High school girls basketball roundup: Strong 4th quarter leads Greensburg Central Catholic past Beaver Falls

| Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, 10:03 p.m.
Bethel Park's Samantha Simpson goes in for a layup ahead of Norwin's Delaney Arbore during their WPIAL Class AAAA first-round playoff game on February 19, 2013 at Woodland Hills High School. Eric Schmadel | Tribune-Review

Greensburg Central Catholic entered the fourth quarter of its WPIAL Class AA girls basketball first-round game Tuesday night trailing Beaver Falls (15-9) by 13 points.

The No. 2 Centurions (17-6), however, outscored their opponent, 21-6, in the final frame to secure a 60-55 win and advance to Friday's quarterfinals against top-seeded Seton-La Salle.

Carolyn Appleby scored 16 of her 24 points in the second half for GCC, which went 7 for 8 from the free throw line in fourth. Ayana Vaughn had 25 points for Beaver Falls.

Bishop Canevin 65, Neshannock 28 — Erin Waskowiak scored 31 points, including 14 in the first quarter, to lead Bishop Canevin (19-4) to a first-round win at Moon. She also had 10 rebounds and 10 steals in victory. Carly Forse and Celina DiPietro added 15 and 11 points, respectively, for the No. 2 seeded Crusaders. Madison McHale led the Lancers (12-12) with 14 points.

Burrell 47, Carlynton 23 — Burrell (21-2) used a strong defensive effort to win a first-round game at Gateway. Sydney Bordonaro scored 16 points and Natalie Myers added 13 for the Bucs, who will play McGuffey in the quarterfinals Friday. Hannah Murray had 14 points for Carlynton (13-11).

Deer Lakes 52, OLSH 43 — Becca Babincak led a trio of double-digit scorers with 21 points for No. 4 Deer Lakes (20-3), which advanced to the Class AA quarterfinals for the second time in three seasons in a first-round win at Hampton. Danielle Kearns followed with 15 points, and Nichole Kearns added 12 for the Lady Lancers. Jacqueline Mathews scored 17 points for OLSH (19-5).

Jeannette 68, Steel Valley 60 — Ciara Gregory scored 31 of her 41 points in the second half to help No. 5 Jeannette to a first-round win. Monique Redman added 12 points for the Jayhawks (16-6), who advance to a quarterfinal game against Deer Lakes on Friday. Jeannette outscored Steel Valley, 45-30, to erase a seven-point halftime deficit. CeCe Dixon led Steel Valley (15-8) with 26 points.

McGuffey 53, Riverside 38 — Sammy Weiss scored 23 points and surpassed 1,000 career points to lead No. 6 McGuffey (20-2) to a first-round win at Keystone Oaks. Nicole Mansfield had 16 points for Riverside (15-9). McGuffey will play No. 3 Burrell in the quarterfinals Friday.

Seton-La Salle 61, Washington 20 — Naje Gibson scored 17 points, as No. 1 Seton-La Salle (22-1) cruised to a first-round win at Peters Township. The Rebels opened a 32-6 lead in the first-quarter and outscored Washington, 20-0, in the second quarter.

Mohawk 45, Beaver 36 — Shelby Brown had 17 points, including going 12 for 16 from the free throw line, to lead No. 7 Mohawk (17-6) to a first-round win.

Class AAAA

Bethel Park 61, Norwin 31 — Megan Marecic and Samantha Simpson each scored 14 points to lead No. 3 Bethel Park (20-3) to a first-round win at Woodland Hills. Rachel DelleFemine had 10 points for Norwin (13-11). Bethel Park will play Penn-Trafford Friday.

Gateway 55, Oakland Catholic 40 — Jada Epps and Morgan Hainsey each scored 10 points to lead No. 7 Gateway (19-4) to a first-round win at Baldwin. The Gators sealed the win by going 9 of 11 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter. Gateway will play No. 2 North Allegheny in the quarterfinals Friday.

Fox Chapel 45, Butler 36 — No. 8 seed Fox Chapel (18-5) held off a late charge to secure a first-round victory at North Allegheny. Fox Chapel led for most of the game, but No. 9 Butler (13-10) took a 34-33 lead with about three minutes to play. Fox Chapel, though, closed the game on a 10-2 run after that to seal the victory, its first in the playoffs since 2010.

Senior forward Alexa Yaksich led the Foxes with 13 points and freshman guard Kayla Slovenec added 10. Duke recruit and junior forward Erin Mathias chipped in nine.

Mt. Lebanon 50, Franklin Regional 30 — Alex Ventrone scored 16 points and Christine Ehland added 13 to lead No. 1 Mt. Lebanon (21-2) to a first-round victory at North Hills. The Blue Devils outscored the Panthers, 26-9, in the second half. Baylee Buleca had 10 points for Franklin Regional (11-13). Mt. Lebanon will play No. 8 Fox Chapel in the quarterfinals Friday.

North Allegheny 56, Baldwin 33 — Taylor Brennan scored 17 points, and Abby Gonzales had 14 to lead No. 2 North Allegheny (20-3) to a first-round win.

City League

Allderdice 57, Obama Academy 55 — Sierra Fordham scored 25 points and No. 4 Allderdice (12-12) withstood a late rally to win a City League semifinal game. Samone Rainey had 14 points for No. 1 Obama (11-8).

Westinghouse 60, Carrick 32 — Jasmine Myers had 21 points, and Brittany Jackson scored 18 to lead No. 3 Westinghouse (15-9) to a City League semifinal win. Chardonnay Littlejohn had 15 points for Carrick (10-9).

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