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PIAA girls basketball roundup: Seton-La Salle again ousts Greensburg C.C.

| Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 9:42 p.m.
Greensburg Central Catholic's Leah Bisignani reaches for a loose ball in between the legs of Seton-La Salle's Cassidy Walsh during the second round of the PIAA playoffs on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at Chartiers Valley High School.
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Greensburg Central Catholic's Leah Bisignani reaches for a loose ball in between the legs of Seton-La Salle's Cassidy Walsh during the second round of the PIAA playoffs on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at Chartiers Valley High School.

The Seton-La Salle girls basketball team used a 12-0 run early in the third quarter to pull away for a 61-43 win in a PIAA Class AA second-round game Tuesday at Chartiers Valley.

“Every new half, it's a new beginning,” said Cassidy Walsh, who scored 16 points. “That was kind of our mindset. It was time to forget about whatever happened in the first half.”

Naje Gibson had 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Yacine Diop added 10 points and five steals for the Rebels (24-4), who will face section rival Bishop Canevin in the quarterfinals Friday at a site and time to be determined.

It will be the teams' 14th meeting in four seasons and fourth this year.

“I think it's personal,” Gibson said.

Carolyn Appleby finished with a game-high 23 points to lead Greensburg Central Catholic (20-6).

This marks the second consecutive year Seton-La Salle, the WPIAL champion, has eliminated the Centurions from the state playoffs.

Bishop Canevin 64, Karns City 40 — The defending state Class AA champion Crusaders jumped out to a 12-0 lead and rolled in PIAA second-round play at Clarion University. Johnie Olkosky had 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead Bishop Canevin (21-6), and Gina Vallecorsa also scored 17.

For the District 9 champion Gremlins (25-2), LeeAnn Gibson led with 21 points and 10 rebounds.

Burrell 34, Bellwood-Antis 29 — At Indiana, WPIAL Class AA runner-up Burrell (27-1) outscored District 6 champion Bellwood-Antis, 14-4, in the fourth quarter with sophomore Natalie Myers scoring 11 points — Burrell's final 11 points — and making 7 of 7 free throws in a PIAA Class AA second-round win.

Myers finished with a game-high 16 points as Burrell overcame a third quarter in which it was outscored 11-2.

“I knew I needed to do that for my team to win,” Myers said. “We showed a lot of character at the end of that game.”

A 10-0 run late in the third quarter and early in the fourth gave Burrell a 30-25 lead with 4:16 to play.

Jessica Cercone scored eight points and Sydney Bordonaro added seven for Burrell, which will play District 10 champion General McLane (24-3) in the quarterfinals Friday.

Ana Hollen led Bellwood-Antis (24-4) with 13 points.

North Allegheny 58, State College 44 — Abby Gonzales tied a game high with 18 points, and Meg Morningstar and Taylor Brennan had 10 each as North Allegheny (24-2) cruised to a PIAA Class AAAA second-round win over District 6 champion State College (18-8) at Indiana.

Gonzales hit 7 of 10 shots and added five steals and five assists for the Tigers, who forced 23 turnovers. North Allegheny had 15 steals. The Tigers will play Hempfield on Friday in a rematch of the WPIAL semifinals, where the Spartans won 60-44.

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