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High school roundup: Burrell upsets QV, qualifies for 1st title game since 1979

| Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, 10:21 p.m.
Burrell's Cole Bush reaches for a rebound during a WPIAL Class AA semifinal against Quaker Valley on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. (Erica Hilliard | Valley News Dispatch)

Unseeded Burrell advanced to its first WPIAL championship game since 1979 by topping No. 6 Quaker Valley, 43-32, in overtime of a Class AA semifinal game Wednesday at North Allegheny.

Senior forward Cole Bush scored a game-high 16 points and grabbed 18 rebounds for the Buccaneers (19-6). The winner of back-to-back overtime games in the playoffs, Burrell will play No. 1 Beaver Falls at 1 p.m. Saturday in the finals at Palumbo Center.

Burrell outscored the Quakers, 13-2, in overtime. Nelson Westwood led Quaker Valley (20-5) with eight points.

Beaver Falls 71, Apollo-Ridge 39 — Top-ranked Beaver Falls (22-3) will go for its ninth WPIAL title Saturday after earning a WPIAL Class AA semifinal win at North Allegheny. The relentless Beaver Falls defense forced 16 first-half turnovers en route to taking a 51-12 lead at the half. Drew Cook led Beaver Falls with 16 points. Cadee Akins and Elijah Cottrill added 14 each.

Apollo-Ridge (18-8), playing in only the second semifinal in the school's 44-year history, was led by Lucas Burrell's 14 points.

New Castle 71, Seneca Valley 46 — Shawn Anderson had 28 points for top-seeded New Castle (25-0), which is headed back to Palumbo Center after capturing a WPIAL Class AAAA semifinal win at Ambridge. Easton Bazzoli had 18 points for No. 12 Seneca Valley (17-8). The No. 1 seeded Red Hurricanes will face No. 3 Hampton in a rematch of last year's Class AAA title game, which New Castle won, 57-44. Both teams moved to Quad-A this year.

Girls basketball

Elizabeth Forward 78, Blackhawk 64 — Led by a stifling defense that held sophomore sensation Chassidy Omogrosso to two field goals and 16 points, fifth-seeded Elizabeth Forward (23-2) led from wire to wire in a WPIAL Class AAA semifinal win at West Allegheny. Alison Pastore scored 23 points for EF, which will play for its first title since 1975 against No. 3 South Park at 3 p.m. Saturday at Palumbo Center.

Serra Catholic 56, North Catholic 45 — No. 2 seeded Serra Catholic used a 20-8 run in the third quarter to take control of a WPIAL Class A semifinal at Keystone Oaks. Leslie Hoye had 15 points, and Nicole Pero and Katie Sieg each had 12 for Serra Catholic (23-2), which will play No. 1 Vincentian in the championship game at 11 a.m. Saturday at Palumbo Center. Lauren Wolosik scored 20 points for No. 3 North Catholic (15-10).

Vincentian 57, Quigley Catholic 38 — Brenna Wise had 22 points and 20 rebounds to lead No. 1 Vincentian to a WPIAL Class A semifinal victory at Keystone Oaks. Abbey Bartoszewicz added 10 points and 14 rebounds for the Royals (24-1). Gabrielle Smith had 13 points for No. 4 Quigley Catholic (18-6). Vincentian led, 34-18, at halftime.

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