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Seton girls fall in PIAA semifinal round

Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Bishop Canevin's Gina Vallecorsa drives to the basket past Seton-La Salle's Angela Heintz during the third quarter of their PIAA Class AA semifinal Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at Chartiers Valley High School.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Bishop Canevin went into the game with a 32.8 ppg defensive average.

Seton-La Salle, which was averaging close to 70 ppg, finished with a season-low 36-point total against the Lady Crusaders.

Bishop Canevin defeated the Seton girls, 41-36, in a hard-fought PIAA Class AA semifinal game Tuesday night at Chartiers Valley High School.

“I think they didn't respect us even after we beat them in the WPIAL title game,” Tim Joyce, Bishop Canevin's head coach, said. “Despite what the coach from the other team thinks about us, we are a good team. Maybe the fluke was them beating us by 30 in the first game this season.”

Bishop Canevin (26-4), which ended an eight-game losing streak to Seton-La Salle in this year's WPIAL finals, will meet York Catholic (28-1) in the PIAA championship game Friday at Giant Center in Hershey.

The Lady Rebels, who defeated their arch-rivals twice in section play, wrapped up their season with a 27-3 overall record.

“We missed a lot of things around the basket,” John Ashaolu, Seton's head coach, said. “We couldn't put the ball in the hoop. That's what it comes down to. You have to put the ball in the basket more times than they do. We didn't do that.”

Seton-La Salle's Cassidy Walsh, a sophmore guard, tied the score at 31-31 with one free throw with 5:04 left in the game.

Bishop Canevin outscored the Lady Rebels by an 8-2 margin in the next 3:44 to secure a 39-33 edge with 1:20 to go.

Walsh connected on a 3-pointer from the corner to cut the deficit to three at the 1:05 mark, and a BC turnover on the out-of-bounds play gave the Lady Rebels possession with a chance to possibly tie it up.

But the only points in the game's final minute were delivered by Bishop Canevin's Celina DiPietro and Carly Forse, both at the foul line.

After Seton-La Salle jumped out to an 8-2 lead in the first quarter, DiPietro and Forse tied the score at 8-8.

It remained nip-and-tuck for the rest of the half, as Bishop Canevin held a 19-18 lead at the intermission break.

Duquesne University-bound Erin Waskowiak sat out the second quarter after picking up three fouls in the first frame.

“I think it says something about our kids,” Joyce said. “Nothing bothers them.”

Seton, behind Nicolete Newman and Angela Heintz, regained the lead in the third quarter, and held a 28-27 advantage going into the fourth stanza.

The Lady Rebels' last lead, at 30-29, came on a Natalie Piaggesi field goal with 6:40 remaining in the game.

Forse, a senior forward, finished with a game-high 17 points, including 10 in the first half and five in the fourth quarter.

DiPietro, a senior guard, and freshman guard Gina Vallecorsa ended up with 10 points apiece, while Waskowiak chipped in with four key fourth-quarter points.

Many of the BC points were scored on layups or from close range, as the Lady Crusaders methodically worked their offense off a backcourt weave.

Seton-La Salle did not have a player in double figures, as junior guard/forward Naje Gibson, Walsh, and Heintz, a senior guard and another Duquesne recruit, netted eight points apiece.

The Lady Rebels cruised past Mohawk, 73-45, in the PIAA quarterfinal round.

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

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