Westmoreland County basketball playoff capsules: Games for Monday, Feb. 17, 2020
Sunday, February 16, 2020 | 7:50 PM
No. 11 Franklin Regional (11-11) vs. No. 6 South Fayette (15-7)
8 p.m. Monday at Peters Township
Winner plays: No. 3 Mars (17-5) Friday in quarterfinals
Coaches: Steve Scorpion, Franklin Regional; Dave Mislan, South Fayette
Points scored/allowed: Franklin Regional 56.5/53.7; South Fayette 61.9/56.5
Players to watch: Logan Summerhill, Franklin Regional (Sr., G-F); Brandon Jakiela, South Fayette (So., G-F)
About Franklin Regional: The Panthers had to grind down the stretch to get into the postseason, with key Section 3 wins coming against Shaler and Kiski Area to secure their spot. Unlike previous seasons, the team lacks playoff experience. Summerhill, an Edinboro recruit, has become a go-to scorer (17 ppg), but he doesn’t do it all by himself. Junior Luke Kimmich and 6-foot0-7 senior Johnny O’Toole also give the Panthers big minutes, along with a deep bench. The Panthers have won 6 of their last 9.
About South Fayette: The Lions, who took third in Section 2, have won five games in a row and six of their last seven. Jakiela is the top scorer, but balanced scoring is not uncommon with Kade St. Ledger, Connor Mislan and Joey Alcorn all capable of scoring in double figures. The Lions have scored 70 or more points eight times.
No. 7 Freeport (16-6) vs. No. 10 Belle Vernon (16-6)
6:30 p.m. Monday at North Hills
Winner plays: No. 2 Southmoreland (22-0) Saturday in quarterfinals
Coaches: Fred Soilis, Freeport; Ronnie Drennen, Belle Vernon
Points scored/allowed: Freeport, 55.8/44.4; Belle Vernon, 50.5/39
Players to watch: Sidney Shemanski, Freeport (Sr., G/F); Rachel Wobrak, Belle Vernon (Sr., G/F)
About Freeport: Freeport tied with Knoch for second place in Section 1. The Yellowjackets have a pair of 1,000-point scorers in Shemanski and Harley Holloway. They have the fifth-ranked scoring offense in Class 4A. Freshman Melaina DeZort is a shooting threat from outside.
About Belle Vernon: The Leopards finished third in Section 3 but won eight of their last 10 games, including a victory over second-place McKeesport. They rank third in team defense in Class 4A. Seniors Wobrak and Vienna Bertram and junior Taylor Rodriguez are complemented by a talented freshman crop led by Viva Kreis and Jenna Dawson.
Bill Beckner Jr. is a Tribune-Review Staff Writer. You can contact Bill by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter .
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