Fox Chapel's redemption shot falls short
Fox Chapel went into its WPIAL Class AAAA quarterfinal basketball game Friday night against Mt. Lebanon trying to avenge its loss to the Blue Devils in last season's championship game.
But Mt. Lebanon (22-2) controlled the game from the opening tip, defeating Fox Chapel, 73-45, at Keystone Oaks, keeping its hopes of winning back-to-back championships alive. Mt. Lebanon will play Section 4 rival Peters Township in the semifinals Tuesday night.
"They're a phenomenal basketball team," Fox Chapel coach Meghan Meabon said. "They do all the right things out there and work extremely hard. You can tell that they have a lot of true basketball players on that team."
The Blue Devils opened the game on a 24-7 run, sparked by its pressure defense and 10 points from Madison Cable. She finished with 24. Anna Kestler added 13.
"They do a great job of getting in your face and getting a team out of sync," Meabon said. "They force turnovers and then turn those turnovers into points."
Seniors Sara D'Amico and Jennifer Papich led Fox Chapel (18-4) with 18 and 15 points, respectively.
"We obviously wanted to see them again after what happened last year," Papich said. "But they're a great team and have a great chance of winning the WPIAL championship. I just don't want to end my career with this game."
Fox Chapel will enter the PIAA playoffs as the No. 5 seed from the WPIAL if Mt. Lebanon wins the championship next week.
"I told the girls we take this game and learn from it. We'll grow from this game," Meabon said. "They're still hungry. These girls have huge hearts. They'll be ready for the state playoffs if we get the chance."
The players agree with their coach.
"I think we've made it this far, and we just have to forget about this game," D'Amico said. "We're going to work hard and get ready for the state playoffs."
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