Highlights from Saturday's PIAA basketball playoffs. Check back as the night goes for other games.
North Allegheny 84, State College 76: North Allegheny fell behind by 23-5 in the first quarter, but came back for the win. North Allegheny is known for its 3-point shooting, but the Tigers had only five 3-pointers in this game. Sean Hennigan scored 22 points for North Allegheny and the Haus bros combined for 25 - Adam with 15 and David with 10. Ryan Sekunda had 27 for State College before fouling out.
Beaver Falls 92, Bald Eagle Area 48 - What else is new. Another blowout for Beaver Falls. When will the Tigers get tested in the posteason? They have played five postseason games (WPIAL and PIAA) and not one team has come within 28 points. This time, Tigers were "hotshots" as they made 13 3-pointers. Drew Cook and Zach Miller both made four 3-pointers. Cook finished with 20 points, Elijah Cottrill 18 and Zach Miller 16. Micoy Nathan added 15 and Danny "struttin'" Stratton added 12. Th escore was 51-25 at halftime.
Lakeview 44, Quaker Valley 40: Quaker Valley led at halftime, 26-23, but scored only 14 points in the second half. Burke Moser had 14 and Nelson Westwood 10 for Quaker Valley.
New Castle 68, Gateway 48: The Red Hurricanes led by 43-18 at halftime and cruised in the second half. Shawn Anderson had 18 points to lead New Castle and Malik Hooker added 15. Anthony Richards scored 12, all on 3-pointers. Delvon Randall had 20 for Gateway. New Castle made 8 of 16 from 3-point range.
Erie Cathedral Prep 79, Seneca Valley 54: An impressive victory for the District 10 Ramblers. But not surprising. This team is good. They could be headed for a quarterfinal showdown with New Castle next Saturday. Cathedrarl Prep plays Hampton in the second round while New Castle will play the State College-North Allegheny winner. New Castle will have its hands full with Cathedral Prep.
Against Seneca Valley, Cathedral Prep made 8 of 10 3-pointers in the first half to grab an 11-point lead. The Ramblers blew out Seneca Valley in the second half.
Hampton 50, Perry 41: An ugly game. Hampton struggled in the second half against Perry's 2-3 zone. After leading by 32-20 at half, it was turnover city in third quarter for Hampton. Nine turnovers in third quarter. Perry cut the lead to 36-35 early in the fourth quarter and failed to take the lead on two possessions. Collin Luther big 3-pointer with 5:43 left put Hampton ahead by 39-35. Perry never got closer than four the rest of the way.
Collin Luther finished with 19 points, including nine in the fourth. 6 of 6 from line in the fourth. Twin brother Ryan had 15 and David Huber 10.
Daron Clark had 19 for Perry and Shakeem Cox 10. Perry shot 34 percent (18 of 53) from the field and was 0-12 from 3-point range.
Conemaugh Township 53, Brentwood 49: Dylan Boyer had five 3-pointers and 24 points to lead Conemaugh Township. Jason Pilarski had 20 for Brentwood.
Greensburg Central Catholic 66, Penn Cambria 56: Zach Herman and Brian Graytok both scored 21 to held the Centurions to the win. Graytok had 18 in the first half.
Bishop McCort 62, Burrell 43: Nemo Trexler had 24 points for Bishop McCort (insert "Finding Nemo" lines here, like "Burrell's defense had trouble finding Nemo." Matt Hess had 14 and Alex White 12 for Burrell.
Chester 74, Cumberland Valley 43 - The two-time defending champion Clippers roll.
South Park 71, Hickory 44: Allison McGrath, Shelby Lindsay and Halie Torris combined for 61 points as the WPIAL AAA champion Eagles crushed Hickory. McGrath scored 22, Lindsay 20 and Torris 19. Torris had five 3-pointers.
Hopewell 45, Villa Maria 28: Shatori Walker-Kimbrough had 24 points and went over 2,400 for her career to lead Hopewell. She now has 2,407. Walker-Kimbrough also had five rebounds, nine steals and three assists. Villa Maria's Karlee McBride, an Indiana Hoosiers recruit, scored 18. Here sister starts at Notre Dame. Villa Maria was 0 of 15 from 3-point range.
Kennedy Catholic 45, North Catholic 36: North Catholic was a state finalist last year, but the Trojanettes go out in the first round this year. North Catholic's Lauren Wolosik was held to 11 points. She came in averaging 26.6. Abby Goetz led North Catholic with 15. Alex Ricketts had 17 for Kennedy Catholic. North Catholic made only 5 of 23 field goals in the second half.
Serra 67, Cochranton 43: The Sieg sisters were the leading scorers as the Eagles rolled to an easy win. Megan Sieg scored 14 and Katie Sieg had 11 and nine rebounds. Serra was 12 of 15 from the free-throw line.
Elizabeth Forward 51, Central Valley 44: Dana Buck scored 14 of her 19 points in the second half to lead Elizabeth Forward to the win. Seairra Barrett had 22 and Madi Rown 12 for Central Valley.
Hopewell 45, Villa Maria 28 - Shatori Walker-Kimbrough went over 2,400 points for her career and led Hopewell to the win.