WPIAL girls basketball playoff update

Norwin takes down Chartiers Valley to advance to the WPIAL 6A Championship game

Mon Feb 26, 2024 - 11:57PM

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Last Updated: Tue Feb 27, 2024 - 1:19AM

WPIAL girls basketball semifinal game recaps from Monday, February 26th 2024:

Norwin 63 Chartiers Valley 47 (2A) LISTEN BROADCAST

The top-seeded Knights jumped out to a 10-0 lead en route to a wire-to-wire 63-47 victory against No. 5 Chartiers Valley in the WPIAL Class 6A semifinals at Peters Township High School. Ava Christopher led the charge in the first half for Norwin, as she tallied 11 of her 14 points before intermission to stake the Knights to a 24-17 advantage. Kendall Berger helped seal the outcome with a strong second half, scoring 18 of her game-high 22 points. Lauren Palangio added 10 points for Norwin (20-3). Emma Reynolds and Lilah Turnbull each posted 14 points for the Colts, while Ella Cupka notched 13 points. As a result, the Knights advance to Friday’s WPIAL Championship at the Petersen Events Center for the first time since 2016, when they captured their second of back-to-back titles. The Knights will face third seed and reigning WPIAL champion North Allegheny, which outlasted Peters Township in the semifinals.

WPIAL girls basketball quarterfinal game recaps from Wednesday, February 20th 2024:

Greensburg Central Catholic 63 Rochester 41 (2A)

Five players finished in double-figures as No. 1 Greensburg Central Catholic breezed past No. 9 Rochester 63-41 in the WPIAL Class 2A quarterfinals at Chartiers Valley High School. The Centurions opened the game on an 18-9 run then led 39-19 at halftime. Mya Morgan was the top scorer in the contest netting 15 points for GCC (18-6). In addition to Morgan, Avery Davis (14), Erica Gribble (12), Abby Dlugos (10) and Jayla Peterson (10) all hit double-digits. Aleaya Mercier's 11 points topped the Rams (15-8). Greensburg Central Catholic will take on No. 12 South Side in the semifinals on Saturday at 2 p.m. at AHN Arena at Peters Township. South Side upset No. 4 Fort Cherry 50-42 on Wednesday.

WPIAL girls basketball first round playoff game recaps from Tuesday, February 20th 2024:

Armstrong 51 Greater Latrobe 40 (5A)

Greater Latrobe fought hard to earn a WPIAL playoff berth but saw its season end in a first round loss at Armstrong, 51-40, in Class 5A. The No. 12 Wildcats dug themselves a big early hole, trailing 23-7 after the first quarter to the No. 5 River Hawks. Greater Latrobe outscored Armstrong 20-10 in the third quarter but ultimately couldn't make up for the slow start. Carley Berk and Elle Snyder each registered 10 points for the Wildcats (11-12) while Emma Paul tallied a game-high 22 points for the River Hawks (19-4).

Lincoln Park 43 Penn-Trafford 42 (5A)

A layup at the buzzer by Sarah Scott propelled Lincoln Park to a 43-42 home win against Penn-Trafford in the WPIAL Class 5A first round. In nearly pulling off the upset, the No. 13 Warriors were led by Olivia Pepple, who netted 14 points. Maddie Skya produced a game-high 15 points for No. 4 Lincoln Park. PT held a three-point lead at the half. While the Warriors ended their campaign with a record of 14-9, LP advances to the quarterfinals on Friday to face fifth-seeded Armstrong.

Greensburg Salem 43 Hopewell 20 (4A)

A stifling defensive effort, combined with a 23-0 run, propelled the homestanding Golden Lions to a convincing 43-20 win against Hopewell in the WPIAL Class 4A first round. Hopewell, the No. 9 seed, held an 11-7 advantage after the opening quarter, but eighth-seeded Greensburg Salem ended the half on a 15-0 run, and then limited the Vikings to just six points after the intermission. Blessing Gantt notched a team-best 14 points for GS, while Kait Mankins produced a dozen points and Ashlan Price scored 10. Avery Boyd netted eight points to lead Hopewell. With the win, the Golden Lions ascended to 16-7, and GS will travel to face top-seeded and homestanding Blackhawk on Friday in the quarterfinals.

Knoch 45 Belle Vernon 28 (4A)

No. 6 Knoch turned a 7-5 lead into a 20-9 advantage at halftime and swelled the lead to 22 points in the second half defeating No. 11 Belle Vernon 45-28 in a WPIAL Class 4A first round contest. Caroline Lee tossed in a dozen points for the Leopards (10-13) while Karlee Buterbaugh recorded 14 for the Knights (14-9). Knoch will next travel to Elizabeth Forward on Friday at 7 p.m. in a quarterfinal match up.

WPIAL girls basketball first round playoff game recaps from Monday, February 19th 2024:

West Greene 55 Jeannette 33 (1A)

A memorable season came to an end for Jeannette as the Jayhawks dropped a WPIAL Class 1A first round game at West Greene 55-33. Adriana Allison had a big night dropping 25 points but it wasn't enough for No. 9 Jeannette (8-10) which trailed 17-3 after one quarter. Kenda Tharp was the top scorer for the Pioneers (10-13) as she scored 13 points.

WPIAL girls basketball first round playoff game recaps from Saturday, February 17th 2024:

Keystone Oaks 49 Burrell 34 (3A)

No. 8 Keystone Oaks built up a 26-13 lead at halftime and went on to defeat No. 9 Burrell 49-34 in a WPIAL Class 3A first round contest. McKenna Miller's 13 points lead the Bucs (16-5) while Lainey Wagner scored 15 points for the Eagles (16-6). Keystone Oaks advances to play top-seeded Avonworth on Wednesday at a site and time to be determined.

South Park 37 Mt. Pleasant 21 (3A)

No. 5 South Park used a big second half to earn a 37-21 WPIAL Class 3A first round victory over No. 12 Mount Pleasant. The Vikings trailed by just one point, 14-13, at halftime but were outscored by the Eagles 24-8 in the second half. Morgan Gesinski tallied 11 points for Mount Pleasant (14-8). Brooke Paylo finished with 10 points for South Park which moves on to face No. 4 Neshannock on Wednesday at a site and time to be determined.

WPIAL girls basketball first round playoff game recaps from Friday, February 16th 2024:

Greensburg Central Catholic 77 Northgate 10 (2A)

The Centurions produced a dominant performance in the WPIAL Class 2A first round, as top-seeded Greensburg Central Catholic blasted Northgate 77-10. Host GCC outpaced the No. 16 Flames 59-5 in the first half, enacting the running clock for the entire second half. Mya Morgan led four Centurions who scored in double-figures, as she compiled 20 points. Cara Dupilka added 16 points, Avery Davis netted 15 points, and Erica Gribble scored a dozen for GCC, which improved to 17-6. Greensburg Central Catholic moves on to the 2A quarterfinals on Wednesday, and will face No. 9 Rochester.