High school girls basketball roundup: No. 1 Mt. Lebanon tops Fox Chapel in quarterfinals
By winning three of the past four WPIAL Class AAAA girls basketball championships, Mt. Lebanon has a target on its back every time it takes the floor. A No. 1 seed again this year, the Blue Devils got a stiff challenge from No. 8 Fox Chapel on Friday night but held on for a 45-42 victory at North Allegheny.
Fox Chapel (18-6) led 12-10 at halftime, but Mt. Lebanon used a 19-7 run in the third quarter to grab its first lead of the game. The Blue Devils withstood a push from the Foxes in the fourth quarter to hang on for the win.
Alex Ventrone, who went 7 of 8 from the free-throw line, had 14 points, and Christine Ehland added 13 to lead the Blue Devils (22-2), who will face Chartiers Valley in the semifinals Tuesday at a site and time to be determined.
Duke recruit Erin Mathias had 19 points for the Foxes.
Gateway 50, North Allegheny 43 — No. 7 Gateway went 11 of 15 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter and withstood a 9-0 run to win a quarterfinal-round game at Fox Chapel. Maria Taylor had 16 points and 13 rebounds, and Katey Wilson scored 10 points and had 10 rebounds for the Gators (20-4), who will play Bethel Park in the semifinals.
Abby Gonzales had 11 points for No. 2 North Allegheny (20-4).
Chartiers Valley 55, Upper St. Clair 52 — No. 5 Chartiers Valley advanced to the semifinals with a quarterfinal victory at Canon-McMillan. The Colts (18-6) will play No. 1 Mt. Lebanon on Tuesday. No. 13 seeded Upper St. Clair finished the season 12-12.
Bishop Canevin 56, Mohawk 44 — Coach Tim Joyce picked up his 200th career victory, as No. 2 Bishop Canevin (20-4) earned a quarterfinal-round victory at West Allegheny. Celina DiPietro had 26 points, including eight 3-pointers, to lead the Crusaders, who will play Burrell in the quarterfinals. Erin Waskowiak had 14 points, and Carly Forse added 14 points and 13 rebounds.
Paige Ruby scored 20 points, including 14 in the first half, for No. 7 Mohawk (17-7).
Burrell 61, McGuffey 41 — Burrell advanced to the WPIAL semifinals for the first time since 1994 with a quarterfinal-round victory at Keystone Oaks. Sydney Bordonaro had 17 points, and Kelsey Oddis had 15 to lead the No. 3 Bucs (22-2).
Sammie Weiss had 23 points for No. 6 McGuffey (20-3).
Jeannette 64, Deer Lakes 56 — Jeannette guard Ciara Gregory scored a game-high 35 points — two nights after scoring 41 on the same floor at Fox Chapel — to power No. 5 seed Jeannette (17-6) to a quarterfinal-round victory.
Jeannette overcame a hot-shooting first half by No. 4 Deer Lakes (20-4) and a 14-point deficit to advance to the semifinals, where it will face No. 1 Seton-La Salle (23-1).
Jeannette also knocked Deer Lakes out of the playoffs in 2010 and ‘11. Deer Lakes beat Jeannette by 20 this season in nonsection play.
Deer Lakes was good on 6 of 7 shots from 3-point range in the first quarter, but managed only two shots from behind the arc in the second half.
Gregory hit four of her five 3-pointers in the second quarter when she scored 14 points and helped the Jayhawks rally from a 27-13 deficit to take a 35-33 lead at the break. A 10-0 run in the third pushed their lead to 47-38 and Deer Lakes couldn't get closer than six the rest of the way.
Sydney Pecoraro had nine points to go with 25 rebounds for the Jayhawks.
Becca Babincak led Deer Lakes with 15 points, Danielle Kearns added 13, and Nichole Kearns had 12.
Seton-La Salle 66, Greensburg Central Catholic 43 — The No. 1-seeded Rebels (23-1) used a 14-0 run in the third quarter to pull away in a quarterfinal-round game at Bethel Park. Natalie Piagessi scored 18 points and Angela Heintz added 15 for Seton-La Salle, which outscored Greensburg Central Catholic, 21-8, in the third quarter. Carolyn Appleby scored 12 points for the No. 8 Centurions (17-7).