Blackhawk girls’ attempt to avenge lone loss among 3 things to watch Monday in WPIAL athletics

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Monday, February 5, 2018 | 4:54 AM


Could the Central Valley girls basketball team hand Blackhawk a second loss?

So far, the Beaver County rival is the only team this season to defeat Blackhawk (16-1, 9-1), which leads Section 2-4A by one game. Central Valley (14-2, 8-2) and Beaver are tied for second in the standings, creating a logjam near the top with just two section games left on the schedule.

On Jan. 11, Central Valley's Kaelyn Underwood scored a game-high 18 points and three teammates reached double figures to defeat Blackhawk, 58-51, in Center. The teams rematch at 7:30 p.m., Monday in Chippewa.

Blackhawk is ranked second in WPIAL Class 5A, and Central Valley is third.

Section finale for some

Some girls basketball teams will finish section play Monday.

Among them, South Fayette (12-5, 7-2) and Chartiers Valley (13-6, 7-2) will break their second-place tie with a head-to-head matchup in the section finale. Tipoff is 7:30 p.m. at Chartiers Valley.

South Fayette won their Jan. 15 matchup, 55-47, but Chartiers Valley has won five in a row since. South Fayette is coming off a 58-55 loss to section leader West Allegheny (8-1).

PIAA wrestling prelims

The PIAA team wrestling tournament starts Monday with a handful of preliminary matches.

Among the four in Class AAA, City League qualifier Carrick hosts WPIAL third-place finisher Seneca Valley at 7 p.m. The winner faces Archbishop Wood on Thursday when the first round starts.

There are five preliminary matches in Class AA. WPIAL third-place team McGuffey travels to Erie's Harbor Creek for a 6:30 p.m. match. The winner faces Southern Columbia on Thursday.

Chris Harlan is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at charlan@tribweb.com or via Twitter @CHarlan_Trib.

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