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PIAA highlights: Strong 4th quarter propels Central Valley

Written by Mike White on .

Roundup of PIAA second-round boys and girls games from Tuesday night.

Central Valley came up with a big fourth quarter and turned back Thomas Jefferson, 61-51, in a PIAA Class AAA boys quarterfinal game at Chartiers Valley.
Thomas Jefferson held a 40-38 lead after three quarters, but Central Valley came on strong in the fourth, outscoring the Jaguars, 23-11. Central Valley also beat Thomas Jefferson in the WPIAL semifinals.
Four Central Valley players scored in double figures, led by Tony Gates and Mike Sims with 14 each. Matt Kline scored 11 and John George 10. Zach Talley had 15 for Thomas Jefferson.

ELSEWHERE IN CLASS AAA
*Farrell 86, Uniontown 72: Farrell (24-3) outscored Uniontown, 17-3, in overtime to pull out the win at Penn Hills. Uniontown (22-3) was 1 of 7 from the field in overtime while Farrell was 9 of 14 from the free-throw line. Farrell made 30 of 46 free throws for the game while Uniontnown was only 16 of 26. Five Uniontown starters fouled out.
Farrell opened up a 63-54 lead with a little less than two minutes left in the game, but Uniontown came back to tie at 67-67. After Jamel Brown scored on a layup with 20 seconds left, Uniontown's Lyric Ellis was fouled with 14 seconds remaining. Ellis was hurt and couldn't shoot the free throws, so Rodney Harris came off the bench and made both to tie the game. But Farell dominated the overtime. Jamel Brown led Farrell with 23 points, 15 in the fourth quarter and overtime. Ike Jones had 20 points and 14 rebounds. Joe Campbell had 19 points and 12 rebounds for Uniontown while Jordan Pratt added 15 points and 11 rebounds.
*Lancaster Mennonite 68, Chartiers Valley 64: Chartiers Valley, the WPIAL runner-up, saw its season end after a loss at Bedford High School. Chartiers Valley (25-3) lost despite 32 points and 11 rebounds from Matty McConnell. A junior guard, McConnell scored 23 points in the first half to help the Colts take a 35-34 lead into the break. But Lancaster Mennonite (22-7) opened up a 60-50 lead in the fourth quarter. Chartiers Valley cut the deficit to 65-63 with 50 seconds left, but the Blazers hung on for the win. Julian Collazzo, a junior guard, led Mennonite with 22 points, seven above his average. Chartiers Valley's Jerrad Tuite, who averages 16, scored only six.

CLASS A BOYS
*Vincentian 94, Homer-Center 66: Vincentian (24-3) broke the 90-point mark for the third consecutive game and rolled to the win at Hempfield. Vincentian led by 18 points in the second quarter but Homer-Center (23-4) cut the deficit to 61-56 in the third quarter before Vincentian went on a 13-0 run to take control. Ryan Wolf scored 30 points and Jay Cortese had 25 points, and 12 rebounds.
*Lincoln Park 81, Forbes Road 28: Lincoln Park (27-1), the No. 1-ranked Class A team in the state, jumped to a 30-11 lead after the first quarter and breezed to the victory over Forbes Road (17-9) at Hempfield. Sophomore guard Maverick Rowan led Lincoln Park with 23 points, Ryan Skovranko had 20 and Antonio Kellem 18. The win sets up a long-awaited showdown with Vincentian.
*Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic 58, Ridgway 43: Leading by only three after the third quarter, North Catholic (17-10) went on a 10-2 run to start the fourth en route to the win at Clarion University. Ryan Kirby scored 21 points and Dominic Robb 16 for North Catholic while Jeremy Breier had 17 for Ridgway (21-6).
*Bishop Carroll 69, Monessen 65: Undefeated Bishop Carroll (26-0) used a 22-0 run in the second half to overtake Monessen (21-7) at Gateway. Monessen led, 53-50, after the third quarter, but Bishop Carroll opened up a 63-53 lead as Monessen went almost six minutes without scoring in the fourth. Brandon Martinazzi led Bishop Carroll with 28 points. Javon Brown had 19 for Monessen.

CLASS AAAA GIRLS
*North Allegheny 58, State College 44: The Tigers (23-2) advanced with a win against District 6 champion State College Tuesday night at Indiana High School. Against State College (18-8), sophomore Abby Gonzalez had 18 points, 7 assists and 5 steals.
*Hempfield 54, Fox Chapel 44: Monica Burns scored 26 points for Hempfield to set up a rematch with North Allegheny. Hempfield beat NA in the WPIAL semifinals. Duke recruit Erin Mathias had 18 for Fox Chapel.

CLASS AA GIRLS
*Bishop Canevin 64, Karns City 40: The Crusaders (21-6) will get their fourth chance at knocking off Seton-La Salle this season in the PIAA quarterfinals after disposing of District 9 champion Karns City (24-2) at Clarion University. Canevin jumped out to a 12-0 lead and never looked back. Johnie Olkosky led the way, turning in a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Gina Vallecorsa added 17 points for the Crusaders.
* Seton-La Salle 61, Greensburg Central Catholic 43: The Rebels (24-4) will be returning to the PIAA quarterfinals for the fifth year in a row after defeating Greensburg Central Catholic (20-6) at Chartiers Valley. Seton-LaSalle held Greensburg Central to only six field goals in the first half. Cassidy Walsh scored 16 points, 12 in the first half on four 3-pointers, for Seton-LaSalle.
*Burrell 34, Bellwood-Antis 29: Sophomore Natalie Myers led the Buccaneers (27-1) back to the PIAA quarterfinals for the second year in a row with a win against Bellwood-Antis (24-4) at Indiana High School. Myers continued her postseason tear with a double-double โ€” 16 points, 13 rebounds โ€” and iced the victory from the free-throw line, going 7 for 7 in the fourth quarter. Burrell will play General McLane in the quarterfinals.

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