Roundup: Westinghouse rallies past Ambridge
It might not have been dejà vu for the Westinghouse players, but Bulldogs coach Phyllis Jones recognized the similarities of the situation.
Three years after Westinghouse rallied to beat Ambridge in the PIAA Class AAA playoffs at Allderdice, the Bulldogs did it again in a 61-55 victory Saturday at the same site.
Westinghouse (18-9) will play the Lewistown-Beaver winner in the PIAA second round Wednesday.
"Winning the City League championship has really made the girls believe in themselves," Jones said. "We can do what we need to as long as they believe in themselves."
Ambridge (17-10) used a 21-point second quarter to control and led, 47-42, after three quarters. But just like their 68-56 win in 2000, when Westinghouse outscored Ambridge, 23-10, in the final quarter, the Bulldogs rallied back to win.
Britney Gibson scored 17 of her team-high 28 points in the second half, including 13 in the final period, as the Bulldogs outscored the Bridgers, 19-8, in the fourth.
Hope Lewis added 18 for Westinghouse.
Ambridge senior Kelly Calderone made scored 17 of her team-high 28 in the first half. Amy Gottuse added 21 for the Bridgers.
Four Trojanettes players scored in double figures, led by an 18-point effort from junior forward Sara Prybyl.
North Catholic will face Blackhawk in the second round on Wednesday at a site and time to be determined.
The Tigers (19-9) trailed 16-14 at halftime, but outscored Indian Valley 19-2 in the third quarter to seize the lead for good.
Junior guard Nia Capuano fueled the Tigers run by scoring 16 of her game-high 20 points in the second half. Senior forward Erin Wigley added 16 for Moon, which will face the winner of the Corry-Punxsutawney game in the next round.
Senior forward Jennifer Quay scored 18 points to lead Indian Valley. Sophomore guard Megan Hartman added 10 for the Warriors.
Andrea Vargo led West Mifflin (19-9) with 14 points, while Leah Kelly had 12.
The Colts will face WPIAL champion Penn Hills Wednesday in the second round.
McDowell's Sean Smiley led all scorers with 20 points and Tyler Stoczyniski added 19.
The Mustangs got 16 points from James Booker, 14 from Mike McKee and 10 from Jon Koch.
Plum (22-5) will play State College (21-6) in the second round Wednesday.
Altoona (23-4) advances to play Allderdice (14-13) in the second round Wednesday.
Mt. Lebanon (19-8) fought back from a 27-17 halftime deficit and trailed 40-32 at the end of the third quarter on a pair of foul shots by Bill Babe with 10 seconds remaining.
Sean Lee led the Panthers with 12 and Andrew Atman, Dale Meinbresse and Pat Shepard scored 11 each. Eric Marx led Indiana (14-11) with 14.
USC (26-3) will play Oliver (22-5) in the second round Wednesday at a site and time to be determined.
With the victory, Farrell (18-9) faces Keystone, a 47-28 winner over Sharpsville, in the second round Wednesday at a time and site to be determined. Bellwood-Antis ends its season at 23-5.
Farrell jumped to a 13-9 lead after the first quarter and was ahead 32-21 at the half. Bellwood Antis got to within seven, 48-41, with 5:17 left, but that was as close as it would come. Ricky Shannon led Bellwood-Antis with 15 points.
Junior John Geiger torched the Windber zone defense as he knocked down five 3-pointers en route to a game-high 19 points.
The Vikings led, 28-19, at halftime, but broke the contest open on the defensive end as Windber (21-7) was only able to muster three third-quarter points.
Sto-Rox (23-6) will face Neshannock (20-6) in the second round.
Beaver Falls (20-5) saw a once-healthy lead cut to three points in the second half, but Mercyhurst Prep's 8-of-28 free throw shooting proved the difference. Prep's comeback also stalled as it scored only two points in the first six-plus minutes of the fourth quarter.