High school girls basketball roundup: Chartiers Valley knocks off Gateway in PIAA second round

| Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 10:09 p.m.

Without its two top scorers, Chartiers Valley advanced to the state quarterfinals with a 53-42 victory Tuesday over Gateway in the PIAA Class AAAA girls basketball playoffs at Hempfield.

Senior Kassidy O'Keefe scored 17 points and sophomore Alexa Golden had 15 for Chartiers Valley (21-7), which was missing senior Mariah Wells (foot) and junior Jenna Devinney (concussion) to injuries.

“You have to be proud of kids who take on larger roles to fill in for those two girls,” CV coach Spencer Stefko said. “You can't replace what those two kids do for us, but we came up with a different recipe.”

The WPIAL runner-up Colts built a 25-13 halftime lead, and then kept Gateway (21-6) from sustaining a rally in the second half. Gateway junior Katey Wilson scored 15 points for the Gators, and junior Jada Epps had 12.

Chartiers Valley will play Mt. Lebanon (24-3) in the quarterfinals Friday at a site and time to be determined.

Bishop Canevin 54, General McLane 36 — In a PIAA second-round game at Sharon, Erin Waskowiak scored 21 points to lead WPIAL champion Bishop Canevin (24-4) to victory. Celina DiPietro had 15 points on five 3-pointers, and Carly Forse scored 11 points and added 10 rebounds.

“I was happy the way we started,” said Bishop Canevin Tim Joyce, noting the team's 15-2 edge in the first quarter and 36-6 lead at halftime. “We jumped on them pretty good. Holding them to six points in the first half I thought was huge.”

The Crusaders will play Burrell in the quarterfinals.

Burrell 45, Sharpsville 18 — Burrell (24-4) advanced to the PIAA quarterfinals for the first time by coasting past the District 10 third-place team in a Class AA second-round game at Slippery Rock University.

Burrell, the WPIAL's third-place team, held the Blue Darlings (18-9) scoreless in the second quarter.

Sydney Bordonaro scored a game-high 13 points and added 10 assists for Burrell, which also got eight blocks and six rebounds from Jessica Cercone.

Sharpsville's McKenzie Popatak, who has more than 1,600 career points, scored 10.

The Bucs get a rematch with WPIAL champion Bishop Canevin (24-3) on Friday.

Bishop Canevin beat Burrell, 55-19, in the WPIAL semifinals.

Seton-La Salle 58, Greensburg Central Catholic 38 — Natalie Piaggesi scored 18 points and Naje Gibson added 15 to lead Seton-La Salle (26-2) in a PIAA Class AA second-round game at Baldwin.

The Rebels, seeking their second consecutive PIAA championship, built a 21-point halftime lead, taking advantage of a smothering, full-court press that forced the Centurions (18-8) into a string of turnovers.

“We got a better test tonight than in our first-round game,” Seton-La Salle coach John Ashaolu said, referring to the Rebels' 67-16 rout of District 9 runner-up Kane on Friday. “They made it tough for 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.”

The Rebels will play Mohawk in the quarterfinals Friday.

Mohawk 56, North East 49 — Shelby Brown scored 25 points, as WPIAL seventh-place finisher Mohawk (19-7) won a PIAA Class AA second-round game at Meadville. Devon Giancula and Paige Ruby added 13 and 11, respectively, for the Warriors. District 10 champ North East finished 23-4.

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