Live WPIAL playoff blog - Fox Chapel beats Hempfield,

Written by Mike White on .

Live blog from tonight's WPIAL Class AAAA first-round boys game between Fox Chapel and Hempfield (at Gateway). We will have scores and updates from other games. If you have a score, tweet me @mwhiteburgh or tweet with #wpial.


Brian Papich finishes with 23 points. Matt D'Amico held to eight. Kasen Harrell had 17 for Hempfield, but only five in second half.

9:19 p.m. - Fox Chapel students just did the "is that not the winning team? Yes that is the winning team" chant. An old one, but always a good one. Not many schools use it. Fox Chapel leaidng, 49-42. 

9:15 p.m. Fox Chapel will have to make free throws rest of way.

9:13 p.m. Timeout with 2:03 left and Fox Chapel leading, 45-40. Fox Chapel ball.

Gateway has taken 41-35 lead on Kiski Area.

9:07 p.m. Timeout 4:15 left and Fox Chapel leads, 45-38.

9:02 p.m. And just as I say Fox Chapel guards handle it well, Hempfield switches to 1-3-1 half-court trap and Fox Chapel makes few bad passes. All of a sudden Hempfield has cut lead to 42-36. Timeout 6:35 left.

Kiski Area leading Gateway, 35-32, end of third. 

From Eric Jacoby: Seton-LaSalle ahead, 27-19, at half. Beaver Falls leading B. Canevin, 47-15, at half

END OF THIRD QUARTER: Fox Chapel 42, Hempfield 31

Hempfield in trouble. Fox Chapel's guards handle ball too well. That's why I don't see Hempfield comeback. Fox Chapel shot 6 of 7 in third quarter. Kasen Harrell only two points for Hempfield in that quarter. 

8:53 p.m. Papich three-point play it's 40-39 FC

8:52 p.m. Matt D'Amico mid-range shot is one of best around.

8:49 p.m. Brian Papich has been really good tonight for FC. He and D'Amico really good one-two punch. Papich just scored off drive to give Fox Chapel 32-25 lead. Papich with 17 points.

8:48 p.m. - Been somewhat of a struggle for Matt D'Amico tonight. FC leading scorer only has six points. I keep waiting for him to go on a run.

8:46 p.m. - People are always surprised by Brian Papich jumping ability. He has two dunks tonight for FC. 

From Rock: North Allegheny ahead by 23 at half against Canon-McMillan

Gateway has come back some, trails Kiski Area, 29-24 

Halftime: New Castle leads Latrobe, 45-32

Ohh-oh. Fox Chapel student section taping a "Harlem Shake" video at halftime.

HALFTIME: Fox Chapel 28, Hempfield 22

Brian Papich 13 points in first half. Fox Chapel has been patient on offense, not forcing things. Hempfield only took six shots in the second quarter. Kasen Harrell, sophomore, with 12 points for Hempfield.

From Horse: Midway through second quarter and Kiski Area pounding Gateway, 25-12.

8:27 p.m. Fox Chapel's Mat D'Amico being held in check so far. Only four points.

 8:25 p.m. Kasen Harrell already 10 pts for Hempfield. Nice-looking player for a sophomore.

8:23 p.m. Fox Chapel now in 1-3-1 zone. 

8:21 p.m. - Ohi-oh. Quintin Wirginis, one of the leaders of Fox Chapel student section, holding up a blown up picture of my head. 

8:20 p.m. Second quarter. 3 pt. play by Connor Duquette and Fox Chapel goes ahead, 14-13. 

8:10 p.m. - Early going and Hempfield leads, 8-6. 

From Steve Richey: Vincentian girls leading West Greene, 35-16, af halftime.

7:25 p.m. - Former Parade All-American linebacker Mike Booth in the house. Was assistant football coach here at Gateway under Terry Smith. 

7:22 p.m. - Fox Chapel student section starting to fill up here. Best in WPIAL? I wondered if they traveled. Looks like they do. Seeing some great costumes already, too. They tweeted me they have a surprise tonight. We'll see.

7:19 p.m. - If there was ever ia benches-clearing brawl, I want to be on the South Park girls bench. I'm looking at the bench now. Head coach Reggie Wells is a state policeman. One of his assistants is his son, Reggie Jr., who happens to be an NFL offensive lineman.


7:17 p.m. - Fox Chapel - Hempfield game time is 8 p.m. Third quarter of Class AAA girls game here and South Park leads Indians, 33-15.


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