High school roundup: Vincentian girls, Beaver Falls boys advance to PIAA finals
Sophomore guard Brenna Wise scored a team-high 16 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and had four blocked shots to lead Vincentian Academy to a 45-40 victory over Bishop Guilfoyle on Tuesday in a PIAA Class A semifinal game at Indiana High School.
Senior Abbey Bartoszewicz chipped in with 14 points, 10 rebounds and four steals.
“I'm very proud of the girls for how hard we worked all year,” Vincentian coach Ron Moncrief said. “We had three goals we wanted this year, being the section title, WPIAL title and this was our third team goal this year.”
Vincentian (29-1) will play District 11 champion Tri-Valley (27-3) in the championship game at noon Saturday at Giant Center in Hershey.
“If you're still playing at this time of the year, you still have to be a good team,” Moncrief said of Vincentian's opponent. “I'll sit down tomorrow and do my research and get ready for Tri-Valley on Friday.”
Cumberland Valley 54, Chartiers Valley 39 — Kassidy O'Keefe hit three 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 21 points, including 15 in the fourth quarter, but it was not enough as the Colts (22-8) lost in the PIAA Class AAAA semifinals at Altoona Area High School.
Jennifer Falconer had 18 points for Cumberland Valley, the fifth-place team from District 3.
The Colts had two turnovers to start the first quarter, and opened the second, third and fourth with giveaways.
“Cumberland Valley plays great defense,” Chartiers Valley head coach Spencer Stefko said. “I wish I could pin it on something we could do, but I think Cumberland Valley just played well.”
Chartiers Valley's Krista Coyne had seven points, all in the third quarter.
Alexa Golden led Chartiers Valley with eight rebounds, but the Colts were outrebounded 35-25.
Cumberland Valley (25-4) will play Spring-Ford (31-2) in the title game at 6 p.m. Friday at Giant Center in Hershey.
Lower Merion 67, New Castle 63 — Malik Hooker scored 19 points and Shawn Anderson added 17, but New Castle (29-1) came up short in the PIAA Class AAAA semifinals at Williamsport High School. B.J. Johnson had 22 points to lead the way for Lower Merion, the District 1 runner-up.
“I think Lower Merion played great for one, but the turnovers really hurt us in the end,” New Castle coach Ralph Blundo said. “The defense became increasingly tough to crack as the game went on.
“Their size and length made it a little difficult for us. But it was a great basketball game. We just fell a little bit short.”
Lower Merion (29-3) will face District 1 champ Chester in the PIAA title game at 8 p.m. Saturday at Giant Center in Hershey.
Beaver Falls 59, West Middlesex 47 — Javon Turner and Zachary Miller each scored 12 points to lead Beaver Falls to a PIAA Class AA semifinals victory at Sharon High School. Beaver Falls outscored West Middlesex, 37-22, in the second half to secure the victory.
Matt Dogan had 17 points, and Trey Staunch added 13 for West Middlesex.
Beaver Falls (27-3) will play District 2 champion Scranton Holy Cross (27-5) in the title game at 2 p.m. Saturday at Giant Center in Hershey.
Johnsonburg 59, Lincoln Park 53 — Elijah Minnie scored a game-high 25 points, but it was not enough as Lincoln Park (22-7) fell in the PIAA Class A semifinals at Clarion University.
Cole Peterson had 22 points, and Cameron Grumley added 21 for Johnsonburg.
“We knew they were a formidable opponent,” coach Mark Javens said. “We really didn't take care of the basketball. When you have 20 turnovers in the Western Final, it can bite you.
“We didn't do what we needed to do as a basketball team.”
Johnsonburg (27-2) will play Vaux in the championship game at 2 p.m. Friday at Giant Center in Hershey.
The Patriot-News contributed.