A-K Valley basketball playoff capsules for games of Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019
Monday, February 18, 2019 | 6:27 PM
No. 6 Fox Chapel (15-7) vs. No. 11 Seneca Valley (11-10)
8 p.m. Tuesday at North Allegheny
Winner plays: No. 3 Mt. Lebanon (19-3) on Saturday in quarterfinals.
Coaches: Zach Skrinjar, Fox Chapel; Kevin Trost, Seneca Valley
Points scored/allowed: Fox Chapel, 59.3/52.6; Seneca Valley, 61.2/61.0
Players to watch: Arnold Vento, Fox Chapel (jr., G); Mason Bush, Seneca Valley (jr., F)
Last WPIAL playoff appearance: Fox Chapel: 2018, quarterfinals (lost to Pine-Richland, 48-39); Seneca Valley, 2018, first round (lost to Canon-McMillan, 57-52)
About Fox Chapel: Fox Chapel beat Seneca Valley, 54-45, earlier this season. The Foxes played one of the more rugged schedules in the WPIAL this season and beat Class 6A No. 1 Pine-Richland and No. 4 Upper St. Clair. The past two seasons, Fox Chapel lost its playoff opener after a first-round bye.
About Seneca Valley: The Raiders finished fourth in Section 1-6A to get the final playoff spot. After winning seven of its first 10 games, the team struggled some down the stretch, dropping seven of its final 11.
No. 11 Plum (11-11) vs. No. 6 Thomas Jefferson (16-6)
6:30 p.m. Tuesday at North Allegheny
Winner plays: No. 3 Gateway (19-3) on Saturday in quarterfinal round.
Coaches: Steve Elsier, Plum; Lisa Fairman, Thomas Jefferson
Points scored/allowed: Plum, 44.9-46.0/Thomas Jefferson, 60.9/47.7
Players to watch: Kennedie Montue, Plum (so., F); Jenna Clark, Thomas Jefferson (sr., G)
Last WPIAL playoff appearance: Plum: 2018, first round (lost to Trinity, 54-31); Thomas Jefferson, quarterfinals (lost to Gateway, 57-54)
About Plum: The Mustangs lost six of their first eight games but rallied to make the playoffs, winning four of their final five regular-season games. In nine of their 11 victories, they held their opponents below 40 points. Plum’s resume includes a nonsection win over Class A power Greensburg Central Catholic.
About Thomas Jefferson: Clark is a Yale recruit who averages more than 20 points per game. She had more than a dozen Division I offers. TJ finished second in Section 1-5A behind Chartiers Valley and has won its past five games. The Jaguars have the second-best scoring offense in Class 5A.
No. 12 Leechburg (7-12) vs. No. 5 Vincentian (10-11)
6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Hampton
Winner plays: No. 4 Clairton (16-4) on Friday in quarterfinals.
Coaches: Andre Carter, Leechburg; Ron Moncrief, Vincentian
Points scored/allowed: Leechburg, 30.8/45.3; Vincentian, 53.2/39.4
Players to watch: Kat Yurjevich, Leechburg (sr., G); Hannah Katz, Vincentian (sr., F)
Last WPIAL playoff appearance: Leechburg: 2018, quarterfinals (lost to Trinity, 54-31); Vincentian, 2018, finals (beat Chartiers-Houston, 62-47)
About Leechburg: The Blue Devils finished fourth in Section 3-A, qualifying for the playoffs for a school-record fourth consecutive season. They advanced to the PIAA tournament each of the past two years. Leechburg replaced all five starters from last season, including career 2,000-point scorer Mikayla Lovelace.
About Vincentian: The Royals have 11 WPIAL titles, including seven this decade. After a 3-8 start, Vincentian recovered to finish in a three-way tie for second place in Section 1-A. The Royals defeated Leechburg, 63-19, in a nonsection game in December.
— Doug Gulasy
Doug Gulasy is a Tribune-Review Staff Writer. You can contact Doug at 412-388-5830, email@example.com or via Twitter .
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