ShareThis Page
Westmoreland high school basketball playoff capsules: Games of Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019 | TribLIVE.com
News

Westmoreland high school basketball playoff capsules: Games of Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019

Bill Beckner
| Tuesday, February 19, 2019 6:34 p.m
759147_web1_PTR-HSBasketball-Stock

Boys basketball

Class A

Quarterfinals

No. 7 Greensburg Central Catholic (17-6) vs. No. 2 Cornell (18-4)

8 p.m. Thursday at Peters Township

Winner plays: Winner of No. 3 Nazareth Prep (16-3)/No. 6 Union (17-6) Monday in semifinals

Coaches: Greg Bisignani, Greensburg CC; Bill Sacco, Cornell

Points scored/allowed: Greensburg CC, 58.2/48.7; Cornell, 74.4/52.3

Players to watch: Geoff Helm, Sr., G, Greensburg CC; Kaden Divito, Jr., G, Cornell

Last playoff appearance: Greensburg CC, 2017 (lost to OLSH, 54-49, in 2A semifinals); Cornell, 2017 (lost to Vincentian, 59-45, in A semifinals)

About Greensburg CC: The Centurions had a strong return to the postseason after a year away as Helm scored 29 points in a 62-35 win over Geibel in the first round. The Shippensburg recruit had 14 straight points in the second quarter. GCC made the semifinals two years ago.

About Cornell: The high-scoring Divito powers Cornell, located in Coraopolis. He averages 27 points, second in the WPIAL behing Keandre Bowles of Woodland Hills. The Raiders lead Class A in scoring at 74.4 points. Zaier Harrison (17 ppg) and Isaiah Langston (14 ppg) are other talented players to watch. The Raiders tied Nazareth Prep for second in top-heavy Section 1.

Class A

Quarterfinals

No. 5 St. Joseph (18-5) vs. No. 4 Monessen (14-8)

8 p.m. Thursday at West Allegheny

Winner plays: No. 1 Vincentian (14-7) or No. 9 Leechburg (13-9) on Monday in semifinals.

Coaches: Kelly Robinson, St. Joseph; Dan Bosnic, Monessen

Points scored/allowed: St. Joseph, 65.6/53.0; Monessen, 71.6/51.9

Players to watch: Grant Bendis, Sr., G/F, St. Joseph; Devin Whitlock, Fr., G, Monessen

Last WPIAL playoff appearance: St. Joseph: 2017, first round (lost to Rochester, 81-75); Monessen: 2018, quarterfinals (lost to Imani Christian, 61-59)

About St. Joseph: A 78-45 first-round win over West Greene gave St. Joseph its first postseason victory since 2011. The Spartans are seeking their first semifinal appearance since ‘05. Four players — Bendis, fellow seniors Matt Arvay and Daniel Fabregas and sophomore Andrew Sullivan — scored in double figures against West Greene. St. Joseph won six games last season with Arvay and Fabregas sidelined by season-ending injuries.

About Monessen: Bosnic, the former Connellsville coach, is in his first season at Monessen after Joe Salvino, who led the Greyhounds to nearly 650 wins in more than 30 seasons, left for the coaching job at Belle Vernon. The Section 2-A champion Greyhounds had the second-best offense in Class A behind Cornell (74.4). Last season’s quarterfinal exit snapped a string of four consecutive semifinal appearances, which included WPIAL titles in 2015 and ‘17 and a runner-up finish in ‘14.

girls basketball

Class 4A

Quarterfinals

No. 6 Southmoreland (18-5) vs. No. 3 Blackhawk (18-4)

8 p.m. Thursday at Moon

Winner plays: Winner of No. 7 McKeesport (13-8)/No. 2 Central Valley (20-1) Monday in semifinals

Coaches: Brian Pritts, Southmoreland; Steve Lodovico, Blackhawk

Points scored/allowed: Southmoreland, 47.7/35.8; 70.1/48.1

Players to watch: Bailey Kuhns, Fr., F, Southmoreland; Mackenzie Amalia, So., G, Blackhawk

Last playoff appearance: Southmoreland, 2008, (lost to West Mifflin, 48-19, in first round); Blackhawk, 2018 (lost to Beaver, 53-40, in semifinals)

About Southmoreland: The Scotties had a breakthrough win in the first round after a nine-year playoff hiatus but had to earn it. They edged Apollo-Ridge, 40-37, as freshman Bailey Kuhns scored 13 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and blocked a late shot for Southmoreland, which had not won a playoff game since 2008.

About Blackhawk: The perennially strong Cougars start tournament play after a first-round bye. Amalia and junior Mady Aulbach help the team speed up opponents, which could cause issues for Southmoreland. Both players can handle the ball and shoot from the perimeter. Aulbach is headed to Youngstown State. Amalia was offered by Duquesne as a seventh-grader.

— Bill Beckner

Bill Beckner Jr. is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Bill by email at bbeckner@tribweb.com or via Twitter .

Categories: Sports
Tags: | |
TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.