WPIAL girls basketball playoff update Thursday

Norwin tops Mount Lebanon to claim third place in Class 6A

Thu Mar 02, 2023 - 12:02AM

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Last Updated: Thu Mar 02, 2023 - 1:52AM

WPIAL girls basketball consolation playoff results from Wednesday, March 1st:

Norwin 56 Mount Lebanon 43 (6A Third Place Consolation)

The Knights pulled away in the second half, as they claimed a 56-43 home win against Mount Lebanon in the Class 6A third-place consolation matchup. In rebounding from its semifinals loss on Monday, Norwin was led by Lauren Palangio, who scored a game-high 19 points, while Ava Kobus and Kendall Berger scored 14 and 13 points, respectively. The Knights led by one point at the intermission, but outpaced the Blue Devils 16-11 in the third and 16-9 in the fourth. Payton Collins led Mount Lebanon with 16 points.

WPIAL girls basketball semifinal and consolation playoff results from Monday, February 27th:

North Allegheny 38 Norwin 36 (6A)

Norwin held a fourth-quarter lead, but North Allegheny rallied for a 38-36 victory in the WPIAL Class 6A semifinals at Fox Chapel Area High School. The second-seeded Tigers won the rubber match after the teams split their two meetings during the regular season. The No. 3 Knights limited NA to just 15 points in the first half, but North Allegheny outscored Norwin 11-4 in the final frame. Kendall Berger’s potential winning 3-pointer at the buzzer came up short to seal the outcome. Berger paced the Knights with a game-high 16 points, while Lauren Palangio added 10 points. Jasmine Timmerson led the Tigers, scoring a dozen points, while Lydia Betz scored eight, including a layup that accounted for the winning points. While North Allegheny advances to the title game to face top-seeded Upper St. Clair on Friday, Norwin will host a consolation game against fourth-seeded Mount Lebanon on Wednesday. Both the Knights and Blue Devils have already secured a PIAA berth, but the contest will determine third place.

Trinity 62 Penn-Trafford 59 (5A Consolation First Round)

Penn-Trafford fell at Trinity 62-59 in the first round of the WPIAL Class 5A consolation bracket. The Warriors will now host Hampton in the seventh place consolation game on Thursday at 7 p.m. The winner advances to the PIAA playoffs.

Knoch 66 Belle Vernon 44 (4A Consolation First Round)

Belle Vernon's season came to an end with a 66-44 loss at Knoch in a WPIAL 4A first round consolation contest. The Leopards finish with an overall record of 15-10.

WPIAL girls basketball quarterfinal playoff results from Friday, February 24th:

South Fayette 70 Penn-Trafford 49 (5A)

The Warriors had no answer for Maddie Webber, as she scored a game-high 39 points in propelling top-seeded South Fayette to a 70-49 victory against Penn-Trafford in the WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinals at Peters Township High School. In the setback, Olivia Pepple led the eighth seed Warriors with 22 points, while Lauren Marton added 17 points. While the Lions will continue into the semifinals to battle Woodland Hills, the Warriors will face Trinity in the consolation bracket on Monday.

Blackhawk 63 Belle Vernon 45 (4A)

The Leopards could not unseat top-seeded and defending WPIAL champion Blackhawk, as the host Cougars prevailed 63-45 against the No. 8 Leopards in the WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinals clash. Jenna Dawson accumulated 17 points for BVA, while Farrah Reader notched 10 points. Conversely, the Cougars were led by Alena Fusetti, who scored 17 points, while Kassie Potts and Aubree Hupp each tallied 14 points. Blackhawk moves on to the semifinals to play Quaker Valley, while Belle Vernon Area shifts to a consolation matchup against Knoch on Monday.

Greensburg Central Catholic 68 Brentwood 42 (2A Consolation First Round)

Greensburg Central Catholic advances in the consolation bracket after a 68-42 victory over Brentwood at Serra Catholic High School.

WPIAL girls basketball quarterfinal playoff results from Thursday, February 23rd:

Norwin 57 Baldwin 26 (6A)

The host Knights were stout defensively in their playoff opener, as they cruised past Baldwin 57-26 in the WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinals. Norwin, which boasted by best scoring defense by a wide margin in class 6A during the season, limited the Highlanders to just two points in the opening quarter and 10 points in the first half. Offensively, Kendall Berger paced the No. 3 Knights, as she poured in 21 points, accounting for the only double-digit scoring output in the contest. Lauren Palangio and Ava Kobus each posted eight points for the Knights, while Mary Vargo led No. 6 Baldwin with nine points. Norwin moves on to the semifinals on Monday to face No. 2 seed and section rival North Allegheny, as the Tigers edged Pine-Richland 69-56 on Thursday. Norwin has also clinched a berth in the PIAA postseason.

WPIAL girls basketball quarterfinal playoff results from Wednesday, February 22nd:

Burgettstown 50 Greensburg Central Catholic 45 (2A)

No. 4 Greensburg Central Catholic got down early and despite a great effort couldn't ever pull ahead in a 50-45 loss to No. 5 Burgettstown in a WPIAL Class 2A quarterfinal match up at Peters Township. The Centurions fell behind 12-5 after the first quarter and trailed from that point up until Abby Dlugos converted a layup to tie the score at 45-45 with 2:30 left in regulation. The subsequent game-winning shot came from Jillian Frazier as she connected on a deep three-pointer to break the tie and put the Blue Devils in the lead for good. Erica Gribble tossed in 19 points to lead all scorers for Greensburg Central Catholic (19-5). Avery Davis and Mya Morgan each added 12 points. Frazier finished with 16 points for Burgettstown (19-5) which will meet Shenango in the semifinals. GCC plays Brentwood in a consolation first round game on Friday.

WPIAL girls basketball first round playoff results from Tuesday, February 21st:

Penn-Trafford 29 Shaler Area 28 (5A)

Olivia Pepple converted a layup with less than four seconds left in regulation to propel the Warriors to a 29-28 victory at home against Shaler Area in the WPIAL Class 5A first round. Penn-Trafford, the No. 8 seed, won its first postseason contest since 2015. Pepple’s winning basket capped a frantic final minute that included a pair of lead changes and four turnovers. First, PT committed a five-second violation, giving the ninth-seeded Titans possession while facing a one-point deficit. Shaler then gained the upper hand on a score by Bella Battaglia with 20 seconds remaining. Consecutive turnovers, however, gave the Warriors possession in the closing moments, which resulted in Pepple’s heroics on an inbound play. In the low-scoring battle, Pepple paced the Warriors with nine points, while Lauren Marton added eight. Shaler was led by Haley Kostorick, who also scored nine points. As a result, the Warriors advance to the quarterfinals on Friday to face top-seeded and defending champion South Fayette, which rolled past Plum 72-29 on Tuesday.

Trinity 68 Greater Latrobe 61

Josie Straigis exploded for 30 points but it wasn't enough as No. 13 Greater Latrobe dropped a WPIAL 5A first round contest to No. 4 Trinity on the road 68-61. The Wildcats were outscored in each of the first three quarters of the game, trailing 52-31 through three. A big fourth quarter, which saw Greater Latrobe score 30 points, pulled the Wildcats to within seven but could get no closer. In addition to Straigis, Elle Snyder and Camille Dominick also reached double-figures with 15 and 11 points respectively for Greater Latrobe (14-9). The Hillers (16-6) were led by Eden Williamson who finished with 14 points. Trinity will face 12th-seeded Woodland Hills on Friday in the quarterfinals. The game likely marks the last for Wildcats head coach Mark Burkardt as he intends to resign after eight seasons.

Oakland Catholic 53 Kiski Area 16

Second-seeded Oakland Catholic sprinted out to a 22-2 lead to down No. 15 Kiski Area 53-16 in a WPIAL Class 5A first round match up at Fox Chapel. Lexi Colaianni scored a team-high nine points for the Cavaliers (9-13). Alexa Washington's 17 points topped the Eagles (20-3) who will next play seventh-seeded Mars on Friday.

WPIAL girls basketball first round playoff results from Monday, February 20th:

Eden Christian 65 Jeannette 31 (1A)

The Jayhawks were bounced from the WPIAL playoffs, as they fell 65-31 against Eden Christian Academy in the Class 1A first round at Peters Township High School. Franke Crosby scored nine points to pace No. 11 Jeannette, while Ella D’Ippolito poured in 24 points for the sixth-seeded Warriors. While Eden Christian advances to the quarterfinals against No. 3 Aquinas Academy on Thursday, the Jayhawks end the campaign at 2-20.

WPIAL girls basketball first round playoff results from Saturday, February 17th:

Laurel 64 Burrell 36 (3A)

OLSH 51 Mount Pleasant 38 (3A)

WPIAL girls basketball first round playoff results from Friday, February 17th:

Greensburg Central Catholic 83 California 23 (2A)

WPIAL girls basketball preliminary round playoff results from Thursday, February 16th:

Beaver Falls 40 Yough 32 (3A)