High school roundup: New Castle beats rival NA in PIAA second round
After trailing at halftime, New Castle used a 21-7 third-quarter run to secure a 57-46 win over section rival North Allegheny (22-5) in a PIAA Class AAAA second-round game Wednesday at Slippery Rock.
New Castle (28-0) went on an 8-0 run to start the third to go ahead, 27-24, and didn't trail again.
“We were able to generate some turnovers and get them out of sync a little bit with our pressure and started mixing up our pressure a little bit,” New Castle coach Ralph Blundo said.
Brandon Dominick, who hit five 3-pointers, and Shawn Anderson led New Castle with 17 points. Senior R.J. Colabrese paced the Tigers with 19.
New Castle will play District 10 champ Erie Cathedral Prep (23-2) in the quarterfinals Saturday at a site and time to be determined.
Beaver Falls 53, Mercyhurst Prep 39 — At Sharon, Elijah Cottrill had a game-high 27 points, and Beaver Falls (25-3) overcame a sluggish start to win a PIAA Class AA second-round game. Mercyhurst Prep (18-9), which played without starting point guard Alex Johnson, led, 8-2, after one quarter.
Beaver Falls, which will play Lakeview on Saturday, used a 12-0 run in the second quarter, including eight points in 32 seconds, and went ahead 26-16 at halftime.
“Our defense was outstanding, as it has been, and when you only score two points and you're only down two possessions, you're still in the game, and that's encouraging,” Beaver Falls coach Doug Biega said. “I knew we'd have our run. We're too good of an offensive team.”
Lakeview 49, Greensburg Central Catholic 41 — Lakeview used a 17-9 run in the fourth quarter while holding GCC scoreless for seven minutes to clinch a PIAA Class AA second-round victory at Sharon. Cody Gander had 15 points for Lakeview (23-4). Brian Graytok had 18 for GCC (23-3).
Vincentian 44, Berlin-Brothersvalley 42 — Abby Bartoszewicz's buzzer-beating layup was the difference as WPIAL champion Vincentian overcame a sluggish start to earn a PIAA Class A second-round win at Hempfield. The Royals (27-1) used a 14-0 run to take a 32-22 halftime lead but nearly squandered it in the second half. Brenna Wise had 17 points and 15 rebounds for Vincentian.
“She's been doing that all year and been our leader,” Vincentian coach Ron Moncrief said. “When the game's on the line, she takes charge.”
The Royals will face Kennedy Catholic (24-2), a team they beat, 70-53, Jan. 26 in the quarterfinals.
Bishop Guilfoyle 62, Serra 50 — Bishop Guilfoyle stunned Serra Catholic with a 21-0 first-half run then withstood a furious second-half comeback in a PIAA Class A second-round win at Indiana. Halee Adams scored 20 for the Marauders. Danielle Dindak scored 14 off the bench for Serra (24-4).
Blackhawk 82, Forest Hills 52 — Led by Chassidy Omogrosso's 25 points on a variety of fast-break layups, Blackhawk cruised to a PIAA Class AAA second-round win at Hempfield.
“That's how she's been all year,” coach Steve Lodovico said. “She uses her speed, and she can hurt you in so many different ways from the outside or the inside.”
Halle Denman finished with 19 points and nine rebounds for the Cougars (26-1), who will face Lancaster Catholic (27-1) in the quarterfinals.
Franklin 65, Elizabeth Forward 45 — Led by junior guard's Angelina Starr's 19 points, six rebounds and six assists, Franklin (26-1) won its 19th straight in a PIAA Class AAA second-round game at Slippery Rock University. WPIAL runner-up Elizabeth Forward (24-4) was led by junior Alison Pastore's 13 points.