Live WPIAL playoff blog - Beaver beats Kittanning behind Logan's 36

Written by Mike White on .

Live blog from Friday night's WPIAL Class AAA quarterfinal playoff game between Beaver and Kittanning boys. We will also have reports from other games around the WPIAL. If you have a score or game report, tweet with #wpial. Or tweet to @mwhiteburgh.

 FINAL SCORE: Beaver 71, Kittanning 66

What a game for Austin Logan. Has to be a career high. 36 points. 19 in fourth quarter. 

Chartiers Valley has gone ahead of South Fayette, 63-58, one minute left. According to Swannie, CV went on a 14-0 run.

9:38 p.m. - 45 seconds left and Beaver leads, 65-58.

Upset????? South Fayette boys leading Char Valley, 58-56, midway through fourth. Char Valley No. 1 seed.

Gateway girls beat North Allegheny, 50-43

9:31 p.m. Austin Logan now with 31. Beaver leads, 62-52, with 2:03 left. 

Mars beat Uniontown, 77-59

9:25 p.m. Austin Logan making every big play for Beaver. Now has 27 points. Timeout with 3:50 left and Beaver has grabbed 58-50 lead.

9:21 p.m. Sterling Henry just picked up his fourth foul on an offensive foul. Beaver leads, 50-48. Henry now with 13 points.

9:20 p.m. Beaver's Aaron Barlow very quiet this half. 

9:18 p.m. Lead already has changed hands three times this quarter. Kittanning leads, 45-44. But Austin Logan hits 3 to give Beaver two-point lead.

END OF THIRD QUARTER: Beaver 42, Kittanning 40

This one is getting good. Corey Nesmith of Beaver hit with technical with 18 seconds left in quarter. It's loud in here. Intense. Kittanning just won't get away. Henry starting to get the ball a little more. 

9:11 p.m. Gotta give Kittanning credit. Wildcats keep hanging in. Just cut it to 40-35

9:10 p.m. Sterling Henry yet to take a shot this quarter. Beaver leads, 40-33

Lincoln Park leading Wilkinsburg, 38-22

Gateway girls leading North Allegheny, 26-14 

8:59 p.m. First-half shooting: Kittanning only 9 of 29. Beaver 11 of 24.

Clairton leading Uniont, 42-35, after three.
8:55 p.m. - And the wonderful Todd Thomas, Pitt football player, stops by press row. He's here to see his cousin, Beaver's Corey Nesmith. Todd says all healthy ready for spring practice. I remember the days of coaching him in AAU basketball with Pitt hooper Trey Zeigler. REMEMBER THE JOTS

HALFTIME: Beaver 32, Kittanning 22

Austin Logan had 12 points to lead Beaver. Aaron Barlow 10. Sterling Henry with seven for Kittanning.

8:48 p.m. Austin Logan has hurt Kittanning this quarter. Banged a couple 3's in corner against 1-3-1 and scored off drive. 12 points in first half.

Mars handling Uniontown, 42-25, at half. From Canadian Curt.

8:37 p.m. Kittanning's Sterling Henry starts to come alive. Already seven points in second quarter. Basket by Kevin Barnes and Kittanning cuts lead to 21-17 with 5:50 left in half.

Montour leads Thomas Jefferson 24-13 at the half.

8:33 p.m. Sterling Henry only one shot in first quarter for Kittanning.

END OF FIRST QUARTER: Beaver 17, Kittanning 8

8:28 p.m. Beaver on a run. Bobcats take 17-8 lead. Kittanning might have trouble defending Corey Nesmith and Aaron Barlow all night. Kittanning playing zones, but Nesmith has done some damage in transition.

8:24 p.m. Kittanning leading scorer, Sterling Henry, having trouble even getting ball. Being face-guarded and chased everywhere by Anthony DiNuzzo. Only one shot so far by Henry.

8:22 p.m. Beaver quickness and athletic ability might be little too much for Kittanning. Beaver leads 9-4 in early going. Four minutes left in first quarter.

8:16 p.m. Big student section turnout for Kittanning. All in bright green shirts. Great to see.

8:14 p.m. - This really is great to see a team like Kittanning get this far. If Wildcats win, they will be in semifinals for first time since 1925. Beaver not exactly a rich tradition either. Trying to go semis for only third time in school history. Andy Podbielski has done a great job with this program, which used to be horrible.

8:10 p.m. - Five minutes from tipoff for Beaver-Kittanning.

 Seton-LaSalle girls advance to semis. Beat Greensburg C.C. 66-43.

GIRLS FINAL SCORE: Mt. Lebanon 45, Fox Chapel 42 

Erin Mathias with tip-in with five seconds left for final score, but Fox Chapel didn't call timeout. Mathias, 6-3 Duke recruit, very impressive. 19 points, 13 rebounds seven blocked shots.

Alex Ventrone scores 14 to lead Mt. Lebanon. Christine Ehland 13 and Margie McCaffrey 11.

Free-throw shooting a big key. Mt. Lebanon 21 of 26 and 12 of 14 in fourth. Fox Chapel 11 of 17.

Jeannette girls beat Deer Lakes, 64-56. Ciara Gregory scores 35.

North Catholic boys beat Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, 54-46.

7:46 p.m. Erin Mathias not getting many touches in second half. Mt. Lebanon defense in full court and out front too good. Mathias only three shots second half. Now has 12 points, 10 rebounds, seven blocks.

END OF THIRD QUARTER: Mt. Lebanon 29, Fox Chapel 25 Mt. Lebanon girls outscores Fox Chapel, 19-13, in third quarter. Got inside of Fox Chapel's defense. Fox Chapel will have trouble coming back.

Ciara Gregory has 29 after three quarters and has helped Jeannette take 48-42 lead on Deer Lakes.

7:27 p.m. - Erin Mathias victim of some very questionable foul calls on blocks. Seen it so many times over the years. I swear big girls get foul calls sometimes just because they're big.

7:25 p.m. 2:23 left in third quarter and Fox Chapel leading Mt. Lebanon, 24-21.

More girls scores: Chartiers Valley and Upper St. Clair tied, 24-24. .... Penn-Trafford and Bethel Park girls tied, 25-25.

From Big Brad Everett: Jeannette leads Deer Lakes, 35-33, at half. Ciara Gregory doing her thing again. Has 21 first-half points with five 3's.

Bishop Canevin girls lead Mohawk, 29-27, from coach Jacoby. Celina DiPietro had five 3-pointers in first quarter.
7:04 p.m. - Could we have an upset in the making in girls? Mt. Lebanon trails Fox Chapel at halftime, 12-10.

This is my first chance to really see Fox Chapel's 6-foot-3 junior center Erin Mathias. She committed to Duke as a freshman. I really like her and her best attribute? Well, besides her size, it's her hands. You don't see many big girls like her with such good hands. Catches passes that aren't thrown right to her. Can grab rebounds that aren't right to her. If you have size, and you have hands - boy or girl - then you've got something.

This game isn't terribly exciting. Lot of turnovers and lot of bad shooting. But Mathias has eight of Fox Chapel's 12 points. And get this. She stepped outside and hit a 3-pointer. So she's versatile. Only 1 of 5 from free-throw line, though. Brings ball down too far on her free throws.

Mt. Lebanon's defensive pressure could start causing problems in second half. But against a press where Mt. Lebanon face guards a lot, it is nice to have someone like Mathias to throw the ball inbounds. You have a problem, just throw it up high to her.


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