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Roundup: Westinghouse rallies past Ambridge

| Sunday, March 9, 2003

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.

  • North Catholic 69, Harbor Creek 41 -- North Catholic (21-6) beat Harbor Creek (17-11) in the PIAA Girls AAA first round, 69-41.

    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.

  • Moon 52, Indian Valley 39 -- Moon used a strong second-half surge to beat Indian Valley (16-12) at Butler High School and advance to the second round of the PIAA Class AAA playoffs.

    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.

  • Johnstown 66, West Mifflin 42 -- West Mifflin was held to one field goal in the first quarter, fell behind by 10 and could not catch up in losing to Johnstown in the first round of the PIAA Class AAA playoffs.

    Andrea Vargo led West Mifflin (19-9) with 14 points, while Leah Kelly had 12.

  • Lewistown 77, Beaver 58 -- Alicia Espigh scored 18 points to lead Lewistown (22-6) past Beaver (17-10) in a PIAA Class AAA first-round playoff game.

  • Blackhawk 37, Hickory 34 -- Renee Rawding led all scorers with 17 points, as Blackhawk (20-6) beat Hickory (21-6) in a first round PIAA Class AAA playoff game.

  • Serra Catholic 73, Ferndale 46 -- Michelle Manfredi scored a game-high 23 points and Brittany Matta added 16, as Serra Catholic advanced to the second round of the PIAA Class A playoffs. Laura Grimm added 17 points, including five 3-pointers for the Eagles. Serra will face Union (District 9) on Wednesday in the second round.

  • Sewickley Academy 53, Southern Fulton 29 -- Sewickley Academy (24-4) played a strong defensive game in beating Southern Fulton (23-5). Sewickley Academy will play Coudersport on Wednesday.


    BOYS

  • Chartiers Valley 63, McDowell 53 -- Jerry Harness and Brian Hindt each scored 17 points to lead Chartiers Valley past McDowell (20-7) in a PIAA first-round game at Butler.

    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.

  • Plum 60, George Jr. Republic 49 - Plum rebounded from its WPIAL quarterfinal loss to stun George Jr. Republic.

    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 61, Mt. Lebanon 36 -- Tyler Franklin scored 24 points to lead Altoona to victory over Mt. Lebanon on in a PIAA first round game.

    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.

  • Upper St. Clair 63, Indiana 39 -- Four players scored in double figures as Upper St. Clair rolled to a victory over Indiana in the first round of the PIAA playoffs.

    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.

  • Farrell 62, Bellwood Antis 49 -- Greg Smith scored 24 points to lead Farrell over Bellwood-Antis at St. Francis.

    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.

  • Sto-Rox 59, Windber 41 -- Sto-Rox cruised past Windber to advance to the second round of the PIAA playoffs.

    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.

  • Neshannock 68, Eisenhower 65 - Bobby Glass led all scorers with 24 points and Bob Glass chipped in with 15 to lead Neshannock (20-6) past Eisenhower (24-4), 68-65. The win propels the Lancers into the second round of the PIAA Class AA playoffs.

  • Beaver Falls 50, Mercyhurst Prep 43 -- Beaver Falls took advantage of some poor Mercyhurst Prep free-throw shooting for a victory in a PIAA boys Class AA first-round game, setting up a rematch with county rival Aliquippa.

    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.

  • North Star 62, Seton-La Salle 59 -- District 5 champion North Star (20-4) topped Seton-La Salle (17-10), as Drew Shubik scored 29 points, one more than Joe Del Sardo scored for the Rebels.

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