High school roundup: Walker-Kimbrough leads Hopewell girls to PIAA first-round win

Hopewell's Shatori Walker-Kimbrough gets a rebound in front of Villa Maria Academy's Morgan Putnam during their PIAA Class AAA girls playoff game Saturday, March 9, 2013, at North Allegheny.
Hopewell's Shatori Walker-Kimbrough gets a rebound in front of Villa Maria Academy's Morgan Putnam during their PIAA Class AAA girls playoff game Saturday, March 9, 2013, at North Allegheny.
Photo by Sidney Davis | Tribune-Review
| Saturday, March 9, 2013, 10:18 p.m.

Hopewell's Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 24 points in a 45-28 first-round victory Saturday that eliminated Villa Maria and its Big 10-bound star from the PIAA Class AAA playoffs.

Walker-Kimbrough, a Maryland recruit, also had nine steals, five assists and five rebounds for Hopewell (22-4), outshining Villa Maria's Karlee McBride, an Indiana recruit who had 18 points.

“Her main goal today was one-on-one with Karlee McBride,” Hopewell coach Jeff Homziak said. “We tried to make sure that Karlee didn't get any second-chance points. All in all, she did her job.”

Villa Maria (22-4) was District 10 runner-up.

Hopewell fell behind, 6-0, at North Allegheny before responding with a 7-0 run to lead after the first quarter. The Vikings led, 19-14, at halftime, and 32-26 after three. A 13-2 fourth-quarter advantage secured the victory.

“Once we turned the pressure up a little bit, the game kind of turned in our favor,” Homziak said.

WPIAL champion South Park (24-2) awaits in the second round Wednesday at a site and time to be determined, a rematch with the team that eliminated Hopewell from the WPIAL semifinals.

Blackhawk 86, Bradford 46 — Chassidy Omogrosso scored 25 points and Halle Denman added 24, as Blackhawk (25-1) cruised to a PIAA first-round win at Pitt-Bradford. The Cougars will take on Forest Hills in the second round.

Elizabeth Forward 51, Central Valley 44 — At Baldwin, Dana Buck scored 19 points to lead Elizabeth Forward (24-3) to a PIAA first-round win. Seairra Barrett scored 22 points for Central Valley (18-6). Elizabeth Forward will play District 10 champ Franklin (25-1) in the second round Wednesday.

Forest Hills 46, Hampton 43 — At Central Cambria, Kasey Gallaher and Caitlyn Gallager each had 13 points to lead Forest Hills (20-4) to a PIAA first-round win. Sara Pilarski scored 16 points and had 11 rebounds to lead Hampton (18-7).

Franklin 66, Ligonier Valley 46 — Tenasia Law had 16 to lead District 10 champion Franklin (25-1) to a PIAA first-round win. Maddy Grimm had 19 for Ligonier Valley (16-7), the runner-up from District 6.

South Park 71, Hickory 44 — At Baldwin, Allison McGrath scored 22 points, Shelby Lindsay had 20 and Halie Torris 19 to lead the WPIAL champion Eagles (24-2) to a PIAA first-round victory. Torris had five 3-pointers in the win.

Class A

Clarion 52, Winchester Thurston 30 — Maci Thornton had 14 points to lead District 9 champ Clarion (23-3) to a PIAA first-round win. Winchester Thurston ended the year 13-10.

Kennedy 45, North Catholic 36 — The Trojanettes ended the season 15-11 after falling in a PIAA first-round game at Slippery Rock.

Serra Catholic 67, Cochranton 43 — Eagles forward Megan Sieg scored a game-high 14 points, including four during an 11-0 Serra Catholic (24-3) run, as the WPIAL runner-up rolled to a PIAA first-round victory. Serra will play District 6 champion Bishop Guilfoyle (25-2) in the second round. Cochranton (16-10), the District 10 second-place finisher, missed its first nine shots.

Boys basketball

Erie Cathedral Prep 79, Seneca Valley 54 — At General McLane, Matt Harris had 17 points to lead Erie Cathedral Prep to a PIAA Class AAAA first-round win. Easton Bazzoli paced Seneca Valley (17-9) with 17 points.

Hampton 50, Perry 41 — Luther twins Collin and Ryan tallied 19 and 15 points, respectively, as Hampton (22-5) won a PIAA Class AAAA first-round game at Allderdice. Daron Clark led the Commodores (12-14) with 17 points.

North Allegheny 84, State College 76 — Sean Henningan scored 22 points and North Allegheny (22-4) overcame a slow start to beat State College (17-8) in a PIAA first-round game in Altoona. Adam Haus added 15 points and David Haus 10 for North Allegheny, which advances to play WPIAL playoffs champion New Castle in a second-round game on Wednesday.

State College, which jumped to a 13-point lead after the first quarter and held a 43-41 halftime advantage, was led by Bryan Sekunda's 27 points. North Allegheny took control in the third quarter, outscoring State College, 25-12, to go ahead, 66-55.

Class AA

Beaver Falls 92, Bald Eagle Area 48 — WPIAL champion Beaver Falls (24-3) rolled to a PIAA first-round win at North Allegheny. The Tigers will face District 10 third-place finisher Mercyhurst Prep (18-8) in the second round.

Bishop McCort 62, Burrell 43 — WPIAL runner-up Burrell's state playoff ambitions ended in the first round as the Bucs (19-8) were eliminated by Bishop McCort (19-8) at Gateway.

Nemo Trexler and Billy Hipp had a combined 45 points led the Crushers. Matt Hess topped the Burrell scorers with 14.

Conemaugh Township 53, Brentwood 49 — Dylan Boyer's 24 points paced District 5 champion Conemaugh Township in a PIAA first-round win at Pitt-Johnstown. Jason Pilarski had 20 points and Michael Kish had 16 points and 14 rebounds for Brentwood (14-11).

Lakeview 44, Quaker Valley 40 — Quaker Valley (20-6) bowed out of the PIAA playoffs after a first-round loss at Slippery Rock. Lakeview's Cody Gander grabbed an offensive rebound off a missed free throw with under 10 seconds left to seal the win. Burke Moser led Quaker Valley with 14 points.

Northern Cambria 58, Apollo-Ridge 53 — Led by Jeff Hogan's and Josh Bonatesta's 16 points, Northern Cambria captured a PIAA first-round win at Central Cambria. Tre Tipton had 19 points for Apollo-Ridge (17-9).

West Middlesex 55, Jeannette 50 (OT) — At Slippery Rock, Jerrod Palmer hit a 3-pointer in overtime to seal a PIAA first-round win for West Middlesex (23-3). Julian Batts scored 17 points for the Jayhawks (18-6).

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