Live WPIAL playoff blog -- South Fayette beats West Mifflin

Written by Mike White on .

Live blog from tonight's WPIAL Class AAA playoff game between the West Mifflin and South Fayette. We'll have score updates from other playoff games. If you have a note or score to report, post on Twitter  to @mwhiteburgh or use #wpial 


Montour 43, Ambridge 25 (final)

9:11 p.m. - 1:44 left in game and it looks like South Fayette is going to advance. Leading 38-28. 7-0 run after West Mifflin cut lead to 31-28.

9:07 p.m. Lance Maha WMifflin coach just hit with technical. Evan Bonnaure makes both free throws. 35-28 West Mifflin with 3:51 left.

Chartiers Valley was leading Knoch, 36-22, at half

9:04 p.m. West Mifflin scores first two baskets of fourth quarter to make it 31-28.


8:57 p.m. Getting a little more exciting here. West Mifflin has cut lead to 26-24 on Cleve Randolph inside shot. Ryan Maha being held in check by South Fayette. Maya, WM leading scorer, has only four points and six shots so far.

8:54 p.m. - South Fayette ahead, 26-18, with 3:05 left in third quarter. Yawn. Cye Murphy did just have a dunk for West Mifflin, though.

I got a text from a coach who said Mark Jula has run what seems like 40 sets in first half against Ambridge. Montour leads at half, 18-15

8:48 p.m. And finally a free throw in this game. And we're in third quarter.

From Canadian Curt: Mars boys lead South Park, 26-10, at the half.

Uniontown 14, Blackhawk 12 (boys) after first quarter

Beaver 27, Indiana 26 (boys) halftime

North Allegheny 30, Baldwin 17 (girls) halftime

Bethel Park 32, Norwin 11 (girls).


Evan Bonnaure 9 points in first half for South Fayette, all on 3's. Josh Harris has five to lead West Mifflin.

I don't know if I've seen this many times over the years. There was not one free throw shot in the first half. By either team.

South Fayette 8 of 24 from field, but Lions have 5 3-pointers on 15 attempts. West Mifflin only 5 of 17 from field.

Needless to say, this game is not exactly overflowing with excitement.

8:32 p.m. Certainly not the most exciting game here. South Fayette leading 15-11 with 1:52 left in half. 

From Duke: Chartiers Valley boys lead 24-9 ... Kittanning ahead 19-15. .... Thomas Jefferson leading 18-16

8:28 p.m. West Mifflin now 4 of 12 from field. South Fayette leads, 15-8

8:25 p.m. West Mifflin's outside shooting not good so far. Could be a difference as this game goes along, unless the Titans start getting Ryan Maha outside shots.

8:22 p.m. End of first quarter and South Fayette leads, 13-6. Scored final seven points of quarter. Three 3-pointers in first quarter for South Fayette.

From Coach Trost: Montour and Ambridge tied, 7-7, after first. Ambridge playing a 1-3 chaser on Montour's Devin Wilson, daring him to shoot from outside.

8:16 p.m. - South Fayette starts out 1 of 7 from field. 

8:15 p.m. - West Mifflin ahead 4-3 early going.

8:12 p.m. - Game time West Mifflin vs. Sputh Fayette.

Jeannette's Ciara Gregory scores 41 in Jayhawks' win. That ties for second-most points in a WPIAL Class AA girls playoff game.

Final: Deer Lakes 52, OLSH 43 (girls)

Final: Penn-Trafford 50, Plum 40 (girls)

Final: Fox Chapel 45, Butler 36

Final score: Gateway 55, Oakland Catholic 40: Katey Wilson 12 for Gateway. Jada Epps and Morgan Hainsey 10 each.

End of third, Fox Chapel leads Butler girls, 29-25.

Final: Beaver Falls 49, Greensburg Central Catholic 38

From huge high school fan Steve Richey: Final score Mt. Lebanon girls 50, Franklin Regional 30

7:44 p.m. - Eliz. Forward AD Dennis Zieger working for WPIAL here tonight. It was 26 years ago that Mr. Zieger coached Southmoreland to, I believe, the WPIAL semifinals before losing to a Sean Miller-led Blackhawk team.

7:42 p.m. - How could I forget to mention that MSA Sports czar Don Rebel at courtside. He'll be broadcasting the game on MSA. His brother-in-law Steve Negler is doing color commentary. Dang nepotism.

7:37 p.m. - First game has three minutes left here. Gateway leads Oakland Catholic girls, 44-34.

I'll pretend it's the "Seen" column now. Keeping the clock here at Baldwin is good ol' Doug "Ickey" Woods, former Columbia player and Duquesne University athletic administrator. 

Point Park coach Bob Rager in the house. I should go see him. Always good for a laugh. Former Thomas Jefferson coach Tom "the Shark" Sharkey.

Upper St. Clair boys coach Danny Holzer now in the house, looking a lot like Frankie Avalon tonight.

Former Penguin Jay Caufield here. His daughter plays for Oakland Catholic. Former South Fayette standout Mike Lamberti on hand.

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