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A-K Valley WPIAL quarterfinal girls basketball capsules

Dan Speicher | For Valley News Dispatch - Burrell's Jess Cercone shoots a free throw against Shenango during the first round of the WPIAL playoffs at Plum Senior High School on February 18, 2014. Burrell won, 68-25.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Dan Speicher  |  For Valley News Dispatch</em></div>Burrell's Jess Cercone shoots a free throw against Shenango during the first round of the WPIAL playoffs at Plum Senior High School on February 18, 2014. Burrell won, 68-25.
Bill Shirley | For The Valley News Dispatch - Fox Chapel's Kayla Slovenec goes through drills during practice on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, at Fox Chapel.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Bill Shirley  |  For The Valley News Dispatch</em></div>Fox Chapel's Kayla Slovenec goes through drills during practice on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, at Fox Chapel.

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Girls

Class AAAA

Quarterfinals

No. 3 Fox Chapel (18-4) vs. No. 6 Norwin (17-5)

6:15 p.m. at North Allegheny

Winner plays: No. 2 Mt. Lebanon (16-5)/No. 7 Penn-Trafford (17-6) winner

Layup lines: devin wilsFox Chapel is seeking its first appearance in the semifinals since 2009. Behind senior forward Erin Mathias and its steadily improving guards, the Lady Foxes slipped past Pine-Richland in the first round, 47-37. Mathias racked up 23 points, 16 rebounds and eight blocks, which has become a normal statline for the Duke recruit and McDonald's All-American Game nominee. Freshman Gabby Badway and sophomores Taylor Cohen and Kayla Slovenec continue to mesh in the backcourt and could be the difference-makers against guard-strong Norwin. ... For the most part, Norwin handled Penn Hills' pressure defense well in the first round, showing it could break the press while also taking advantage of second-chance points in a 55-48 win. The Lady Knights, who average 64.2 points per game, are in the quarterfinals for the first time since 2008. The team hasn't lost since two days after Christmas and carries an 11-game winning streak. Sophomore 6-foot guard Alayna Gribble (17.2 ppg) can score in bunches.

Class AA

Quarterfinals

No. 2 Burrell (23-0) vs. No. 7 McGuffey (20-3)

6:15 p.m. at Montour

Winner plays: No. 3 Greensburg Central Catholic (18-4)/No. 6 Carlynton (19-3) winner

Layup lines: Burrell is back in the quarterfinals and finds a familiar opponent in McGuffey, which it defeated 61-41 in the same round last year. Burrell used balanced scoring and up-tempo defense to bounce Shenango in the first round, 68-25. Center Jess Cercone led the way with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Natalie Myers (14 points), Sydney Bordonaro (14) and Jaila Manga (10) also scored in double figures. It was the 13th time this season in which the Lady Bucs allowed 32 or fewer points. In last year's win over McGuffey, Burrell used an 18-0 run across the second and third quarters to seize control. ... McGuffey is a young team with only three seniors, but 5-foot-11 junior guard Sammie Weiss (5-11) is the second-leading scorer in Class AA with 23.4 points per game. The Highlanders like to run, so a fast-paced game seems likely. They average 67.7 points per game. One of McGuffey's losses is to Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, 57-45. Burrell beat OLSH, 58-30.

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