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Seton girls advance to PIAA quarterfinal round

| Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Greensburg Central Catholic, like many teams, wasn't able to handle Seton-La Salle's stifling full-court pressure.

The Lady Rebels stormed by the Greensburg Central Catholic girls, 58-38, Tuesday night in a PIAA Class AA second-round game held at Baldwin High School.

“We got a better test (against GCC) than in our first-round game,” John Ashaolu, Seton-La Salle's head coach, said. “They made it tough on us at times under the basket, but I don't think anyone played particularly well for us. I want a better performance at this time of the year.”

Seton-La Salle (26-2), which crushed District 9 runner-up Kane by a 67-16 score in the first round, will meet Mohawk on Friday in the PIAA quarterfinal round.

Mohawk (19-7), the WPIAL's seventh-place finisher, defeated North East in the PIAA second round, 56-49, behind senior guard Shelby Brown's game-high 25 points. Brown is one of eight seniors on the Lady Warriors' varsity roster.

During the regular season, Mohawk captured the Section 2-AA championship with an 11-1 record, slightly ahead of Beaver Falls and Riverside.

The Lady Warriors have won five of their past six games, and 10 of their past 12. Mohawk defeated Everett, 52-44, in the first round of the PIAA tournament, after going 1-1 in WPIAL-playoff action.

Seton-La Salle, the WPIAL runner-up and defending state champion, jumped out to 14-6 and 31-10 leads in the first two quarters against Greensburg Central Catholic.

The Lady Centurians (18-8) managed only four free throws in the second quarter, as Seton-La Salle held its opponent scoreless for almost six minutes.

An 8-0 run midway through the fourth quarter, sparked by senior center Natalie Piaggesi and senior guard Angela Heintz, provided the Seton girls with their biggest lead of the game at 56-32.

Piaggesi ended up with a game-high 18 points, while teammate Naje Gibson, a junior forward, added 15. Heintz finished with nine points.

Other offensive contributors for the Lady Rebels were senior forward Katherine Hart and sophomore center Morgan Henderson, who combined for 12 points; plus the backcourt tandem of sophomore Nicolete Newman and freshman Shaunay Edmonds.

Seton-La Salle defeated Greensburg Central Catholic in the WPIAL quarterfinal round, 66-53.

Mohawk opened the WPIAL playoffs with a 45-36 win against Beaver, followed by a 56-44 loss to Bishop Canevin in the quarterfinals.

Ray Fisher is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5820 or rfisher@tribweb.com.

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