WPIAL basketball playoffs live blog: Butler loses to Peters Township; Central Catholic, Plum lose

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By Mike White | Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010

Live blog from Peters Township-Butler first-round game. Plus, look below for notes on other games, including a few upsets.


Pregame from Butler-Peters Township game.


7:24 p.m. - Timeout with 27.9 seconds left. Peters has the ball and leads, 47-45.

7:20 p.m. - Tmeout with 1:28 left and Peters Township leads, 47-43. Butler 0 for 5 from 3-point range this quarter. 2 for 10 overall in the quarter.

7:13 p.m. - Butler still doing a great job on Craig Wolcott. He still has only one field goal, but eight free throws. Tie game, 43-43, with 4:31 left in the game.

7:08 p.m. - Now Butler has the momentum and has tied it, 41-41, early in the fourth.

7:06 p.m. - End of third quarter and Peters Township leads, 41-35. Butler was only 3 of 13 from the field in the third quarter and is now only 14 of 38 for the game.

6:58 p.m. - Peters Township has opened up a 41-31 lead.

6:56 p.m. - Two 3-pointers early in the second half for Peters Township and the Indians have opened up a 36-31 lead. Butler timeout with 4:27 left in the third.

6:46 p.m. - Butler has done a nice job on Peters Township guard Craig Wolcott. He averages 20 a game, but has only one field goal in four attempts in the first half. He has seven points because he is 5 of 6 from the line. Jon Kovac playing well for Peters. He has three 3-pointers and 10 points. Nate Snodgrass leads Butler with seven.

6:40 p.m. - Peters Township's Ross Wickstrom hits a 3-pointer with six seconds left in the half, but Butler point guard Nate Snodgrass hurries up court and nails a 3-pointer at the buzzer. Butler leads at halftime, 27-26.

Just got this score. Wow. Shaler 80, Fox Chapel 39. Not surprised Shaler won, but not by that score.

6:36 p.m. - Who dressed Peters Township coach Gary Goga? He looks stylish, but he's wearing a gold shirt and gold tie. C'mon, coach. Butler's colors are blue and gold.

6:31 p.m. - Butler having trouble cracking Peters Township's 2-3 zone. But Butler leads, 18-13, with 3:21 left in the half. Jon Kovac is 3 of 3 from 3-point range for Peters Township.

6:28 p.m. - Former Blackhawk coach John Miller in the house. He helped new Butler coach Matt Clement at some workouts in summer and early-season practices.

6:22 p.m. - Butler leads after first quarter, 10-9. Neither team shooting very well. Peters Township playing a 2-3 zone. Butler 5 of 13 first quarter.


The No. 3 and 4 seeds in the WPIAL Class AAAA playoffs are out. No. 4 seed Plum lost to Latrobe and No. 3 Central Catholic lost to Kiski Area.

Kiski Area 49, Central Catholic 48 - Zach Barker scored 20 points for Kiski Area, including five 3-pointers.

Latrobe 42, Plum 40 - First upset of the first round. Plum was seeded No. 4 in Class AAAA. But this really isn't that big of an upset. While Ron Richards did a great job in his first year back as Plum's coach, he didn't exactly have a powerhouse. Plus, Latrobe is fairly decent. This might prove that Section 1 is better than most people think.

North Allegheny 80, Canon-McMillan 51 - North Allegheny outscored Canon-McMillan, 30-10, in the second quarter.

Gateway 91, Norwin 73 - Gateway has been a little up and down this seaosn. The good Gateway team showed up today. Guard Craig Banks scored a career-high 29 points. Barnett Harris, who quit the team last week, is back with the Gators. He came off the bench and scored 11 points.

New Brighton 57, Burgettstown 34 - Chris Weathers had 23 as the Lions breezed to the win.

West Allegheny 69, Mars 52 - West Allegheny came back from a 13-point deficit. John O'Donnell scored 26 points for West Allegheny.

Mount Pleasant 47, Elizabeth Forward 40, OT - Luke D'Amico scored 28 for Mount Pleasant.


Peters Township 44, Oakland Catholic 40 - The No. 5 seed in Class AAAA is knocked out. Peters Township scored 9 of its 11 overtime points from the free-throw line.

Woodland Hills 48, North Hills 43 - Woodland Hills was 0 for 9 from the field in the fourth quarter, but 9 of 14 from the foul line. Amanda Garland had 17 points for Woodland Hills and Katy Turzak led North Hills with 15 points and 17 rebounds.

Kittanning 61, McGuffey 29

Washington 34, Springdale 29

Avella 52, Monaca 44

Mt. Alvernia 47, Geibel 41

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