PIAA girls basketball roundup: Mt. Lebanon ousted in first round
Mt. Lebanon's season came to an end after dropping a heart-breaking 51-50 decision to District 6 champion State College in the first round of the PIAA Class AAAA playoffs Friday at Altoona Fieldhouse.
The Blue Devils (16-7) trailed the entire game, but rallied from a 33-22 halftime deficit to nearly stage a comeback in the final minutes. Christine Ehland led the way for Mt. Lebanon (17-6) with 16 points. Jaylyn Shelton-Burleigh led State College with 19 points.
State College (18-7) will play North Allegheny in the second round Tuesday at a time to be determined.
Fox Chapel 48, Erie McDowell 36 — Fox Chapel hit 23 of 26 free throws to secure a win in the opening round of the PIAA Class AAAA playoffs at Mercyhurst. Sophomore Kayla Slovenec led the Foxes with 13 points, and Duke recruit Erin Mathias had 10 points. Fox Chapel (20-5) will play Hempfield in the second round.
Hempfield 54, Obama Academy 33 — Monica Burns scored a game-high 21 points, and Leah Knizner added 10 for the Spartans (18-9) in the opening round of the PIAA Class AAAA playoffs at Allderdice.
Bellwood-Antis 56, McGuffey 55 — Bellwood-Antis squeaked out a close victory in the opening round at Altoona Fieldhouse. Bellwood-Antis (24-3) will play Burrell.
Bishop Canevin 61, Juniata 30 — Johnnie Olkosky scored 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, and Erin Joyce added 15 points to help the Crusaders win in the first round of the PIAA Class AA playoffs at Moon. Bishop Canevin (20-6) will play Karns City.
Burrell 55, Clarion-Limestone 27 — Four players scored in double figures as WPIAL runner-up Burrell cruised to a PIAA Class AA first-round win at North Hills. Sydney Bordonaro, who set the school's career scoring record, had 18 points, Natalie Myers added 15, Jessica Cercone had 11, and Kelsey Oddis 10 for Burrell (26-1), which built a 38-16 lead after three quarters.
General McLane 68, Neshannock 47 — The District 10 champions' PIAA Class AA first-round game was never in question as it cruised at Meadville. General McLane (23-3) will play Tussey Mountain.
Greensburg Central Catholic 56, Mercer 31 — Carolyn Appleby scored a game-high 21 points to help Greensburg Central Catholic win in the first round of the PIAA Class A playoffs at Sharon High School. Nikki Addisey scored 13 points, and Brittany Stawovy added 12 for the Centurions. Greensburg C.C. (20-5) will play Seton-La Salle in the second round.
Seton-La Salle 58, Blairsville 37 — Nicolete Newman and Yacine Diop each scored 18 points as Seton-La Salle (23-4) won in the first round of the PIAA Class AA playoffs at Chartiers Valley. Cassidy Walsh added 11 points.
Tussey Mountain 34, OLSH 31 — District 5 champion Tussey Mountain (24-1) earned a trip to the second round of the PIAA Class AA playoffs with a win at Pitt-Johnstown.