Roundup: Knoch upsets TJ in first round
Lauren Koegler scored 23 points, and Nicole Reiser added 21, as Knoch (14-9) defeated Thomas Jefferson, 51-38, in the first round of the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs at Fox Chapel.
Bethany Winovich led Thomas Jefferson (16-7) with 15 points.
Knoch moves on to face Blackhawk, which defeated Indiana, in the quarterfinals.
New Castle 48, Franklin Regional 41 -- Ryenn Micaletti scored 12 points, and Nikki Karatinos and Jaleesa Sams each added 11 to help defending WPIAL Class AAAA champion New Castle (21-4) defeat Franklin Regional (15-10) at Ambridge in first round playoff action.
Natalea Gulyas paced Franklin Regional with 12 points.
New Castle advances to play the winner of Mt. Lebanon/Greensburg Salem in the quarterfinals.
Hopewell 66, Yough 32 -- Jordan Zuppe scored 11 points and dished out five assists to lead No. 2 Hopewell (18-4) to the Class AAA playoff win over Yough (10-15) at Plum.
Zuppe, a sophomore guard, added four steals and three 3-pointers, while teammate Becky Novacek tallied 11 points and 12 rebounds. Rachel Sebbens scored 10 points in the loss.
Hopewell will face Mars in the quarterfinals.
Mars 44, West Mifflin 40 - - Julie Utz scored a game-high 19 points, including four foul shots in the final 30 seconds, to lead Mars (17-8) to a first round WPIAL Class AAA victory over West Mifflin (16-8) at Gateway.
Lauren Krivijanski paced West Mifflin with 14 points.
Mars advances to play Hopewell in the quarterfinals.
Chartiers Valley 53, Hampton 46 (OT) -- Chartiers Valley needed overtime to defeat Hampton in the first round of the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs.
Lindsey Hyre's 20 points and six 3-pointers lifted Chartiers Valley (18-7) to the victory. Chartiers Valley, which trailed by 17 points midway through the third quarter, made nine 3-pointers in the game. Raeann Szelong paced Hampton (16-9) with 14 points.
Chartiers Valley will take on the Moon/Derry winner in the quarterfinals.
Mountour 55, Southmoreland 30 -- Haley Gaidosh and Jordan Burkes each scored 15 points to lead Montour (16-6) over Southmoreland (16-8) in Class AAA playoff action at Ringgold.
Vanessa Abel led Southmoreland with 14 points.
Montour will face the North Catholic/Steel Valley winner.
Blackhawk 37, Indiana 35 -- Blackhawk's Renee Rawding made a pair of free throws with 29 seconds left, which proved to be the game-winning points for Blackhawk (13-11 ) in a WPIAL Class AAA first round playoff victory over Indiana ( 19-6) at Highlands.
Blackhawk advances to play Knoch in the quarterfinals.
Chartiers Valley 78, Penn Hills 65 - - Michael Sherry and Steven Profeta scored 23 points each to lead Chartiers Valley (20-5) to a WPIAL Class AAAA first round victory over Penn Hills (13-12) at Canon-McMillan.
Gerald Warrick led Penn Hills with 19 points, and Kenny Lewis added 17.
Chartiers Valley advances to play North Allegheny in the quarterfinals.
New Castle 51, Albert Gallatin 50 - - Thomas Canal made one of two free throws to give New Castle ( 20-5) a victory over Albert Gallatin (17-7) in Class AAAA action at Ambridge.
Demetrius Searcy led New Castle with 15 points. T.J. Hall was Albert Gallatin's leading scorer with 17. New Castle scored the final six points of the game.
The Red Hurricane's play Upper St. Clair in the quarterfinals.
Mt. Lebanon 54, Uniontown 40 -- Geoff Kestler scored 17 of his game-high 22 points in the first half to help Mt. Lebanon to a WPIAL Class AAAA first-round victory over Uniontown at Ringgold.
Mt. Lebanon (19-6) jumped out to a 34-17 at halftime and led the rest of the way. Uniontown (15-8) was led by Eric Johnson's 15 points.
Mt. Lebanon will face McKeesport in the quarterfinals.
Shaler 67, Central Catholic 55 -- Four players scored in double figures to lead Shaler (21-3 ) over Central Catholic (13-12) in the first round of the WPIAL Class AAAA playoffs at Fox Chapel.
Nick Sefscik and Brett Witkowski each scored 19, while Craig Devinney added 15, and Stu Anglum had 12. Chris McDowell paced Central Catholic with 18.
Shaler advances to play North Hills in the quarterfinals.
North Allegheny 50, Bethel Park 43 -- Brad Vlassich made four 3-pointers and scored eight of his game-high 17 points in the fourth quarter, as North Allegheny rallied with a 22-point fourth quarter to beat Bethel Park in a WPIAL Class AAAA first-round game at Aliquippa.
Steve Bielech led Bethel Park (15-10) with 15 points.
North Allegheny (20-5) advances to play Chartiers Valley in the quarterfinals.