PIAA basketball roundup: Sewickley Academy boys take down Homer-Center
District 6 champion Homer-Center entered its PIAA Class A boys basketball second-round game undefeated.
Sewickley Academy changed that Tuesday night, advancing to the quarterfinals with a 48-38 win at Plum High School.
WPIAL champion Sewickley Academy (25-3) marched out to a 23-18 halftime lead and never looked back.
Chris Groetsch and Nate Ridgeway led the way for Sewickley Academy with 14 points apiece. The Panthers posted back-to-back 15-point quarters in the second and third to hold off a scrappy Homer-Center (26-1) team.
The Panthers will face District 10 runner-up Farrell (21-6) in the quarterfinals Friday at a time and site to be determined.
John Ireland scored 13 points to pace the Wildcats.
Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic 66, Bishop Carroll 55 — Kenny Fukon led four players in double figures, with 19 points, as WPIAL champion Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic (20-8) advanced with a PIAA Class A second-round win over Bishop Carroll (17-9) at Hempfield.
Erick Taylor added 16 points and Austin Sieminski and Tristan Newcamp chipped in 10 apiece for the Trojans, who made 13 of 18 free throws in the fourth quarter.
Bishop Carroll guard David Swatsworth led all scorers with 30 points, including his 1,000th career point early in the fourth quarter.
North Catholic will play District 10 champion Kennedy Catholic (25-2) in the quarterfinals Friday.
Highlands 68, Hollidaysburg 55 — Jamison Nee scored a playoff career-high 29 points to lead WPIAL runner-up Highlands (23-5) to a victory over District 6 champion Hollidaysburg (22-5) in a PIAA Class AAA second-round game at Hempfield. Nee hit 13 of 18 shots, Brayden Thimons added 14 points and 11 rebounds and Mitch DeZort scored 13 for Highlands, which reached the quarterfinals for the first time in program history. The Golden Rams advance to play Section 1 nemesis Mars (21-6) in the quarterfinals.
“This game was about our defensive intensity,” Highlands coach Tyler Stoczynski said. “We made (Hollidaysburg) uncomfortable.”
Ryan Adams scored 20 to lead Hollidaysburg.
Mars 58, Strong Vincent 56 — Robby Carmody scored on a layup with 1.8 seconds remaining to give Mars (21-6) a PIAA Class AAA second-round victory over District 10 champion Strong Vincent at Slippery Rock University.
Mars led by as many as 16 late in the first half but Strong Vincent tied the game at 56 in the fourth quarter when David Morris hit a 3-pointer with 20 seconds left, setting up Carmody's heroics in the final seconds.
Carmody had 21 points, John Castello scored 14 and Christian Schmitt added 13 for the Fightin' Planets (21-6). Morris had 17 points for Strong Vincent (19-8).
New Castle 56, Beaver Falls 52 — Marquel Hooker scored 21 points and Marcus Hooker had 18 to lead New Castle (25-2) to a PIAA Class AAA second-round win at North Allegheny.
Josh Creach scored 37 points for WPIAL champion Beaver Falls (24-4), which lost to the rival Red Hurricanes for the third times this season.
North Allegheny 46, Pine-Richland 38 — Taylor Lake scored 18 points as North Allegheny closed on a 22-0 run to defeat Pine-Richland in a PIAA Class AAAA second-round game at Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic. Amanda Kalin led Pine-Richland (23-4) with 17 points. North Allegheny (24-4) will play WPIAL Class AAAA champion Norwin in a PIAA quarterfinal game Friday.
Burrell 47, Bishop Canevin 32 — The Bucs (22-6) shocked the WPIAL champion Crusaders in PIAA second-round play, leading from midway through the first quarter on in a game at Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic.
Natalie Myers had 16 points and 14 rebounds, and Eliza Oswalt had 16 and eight rebounds for Burrell. Myers and Oswalt were 10 of 10 from the foul line in the last three minutes of the game.
Bishop Canevin (23-5) was led by Gina Vallecorsa and Kasey Kaczorowski, who finished with eight points each.
Burrell will play District 5 North Star (26-2) in the quarterfinals Friday.
OLSH 39, West Middlesex 22 — Courtney Alexander scored 19 points to help OLSH earn a PIAA Class AA second-round win at Slippery Rock University.
OLSH (23-4) held District 10 champion West Middlesex (25-2) to eight first-half points in building an 11-point lead.
The Chargers qualified for the PIAA quarterfinals for the first time in program history. They will play District 6 champion Bishop McCort (27-1) on Friday.