Basketball

Baldwin’s Max Marzina (12) and Nathan Richards (3) react to a foul call drawn by Marzina in the WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinals Friday, Feb. 23, 2024, at Baldwin.
Trib HSSN boys basketball team of the week for Feb. 25, 2024
February 25, 2024
Trib HSSN boys basketball team of the week: Baldwin Highlanders

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Mya Morgan looks for a shot as Serra Catholic’s Abby Genes defends Thursday, Jan. 4, 2024.
Westmoreland high school basketball notebook: GCC’s Western PA Bruins connection
Mya Morgan can see some similarities between her Greensburg Central Catholic girls basketball team and the AAU Western PA Bruins.

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Nate Moore (22) and his Deer Lakes teammates will play No. 4 Neshannock on Monday.
A-K Valley high school basketball playoff preview capsules for Feb. 26, 2024
WPIAL basketball playoffs

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Referee David Jaap gets ready for the opening tip between Thomas Jefferson’s Allie Wilson and Penn Hills’ Egypt Coleman to start a WPIAL Class 5A preliminary round playoff game Feb. 16.
Penn Hills girls show resolve in close loss to top seed
Penn Hills girls basketball coach Robert Cash thought his team deserved better than being seeded 17th in the WPIAL Class 5A playoffs. But the Indians were forced into a preliminary round game against Thomas Jefferson, which they won, 59-43.

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Penn Hills’ Robert Thomas (5) scores on a pull-up jumper against North Hills in the 2023 WPIAL Class 5A semifinals.
Penn Hills boys get glimpse of bright future in playoff loss
Penn Hills senior guard Robby Thomas wanted to find the right mental space for playing against rival Gateway in the first round of the WPIAL Class 5A postseason. The defending WPIAL champion Indians came into this postseason as a younger team that had something to prove.

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Shaler’s Brandon London drives on Fox Chapel’s Will Siegel on Feb. 9.
Experience helps Shaler boys navigate WPIAL playoff bracket
Whether teams are playing man defense or zone defense doesn’t matter to Shaler senior forward Brandon London.

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Hampton’s Peter Kramer celebrates after scoring during the first quarter against Highlands on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2024, at Hampton.
Hampton cools off Avonworth’s red-hot scorer for spot in WPIAL 4A final
February 24, 2024
Hampton’s Peter Kramer has faced his share of unorthodox defenses over the years, schemes designed specifically to shut him down as a scorer.

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Cheswick Christian celebrates its victory over Pittsburgh Christian Academy in the SWCAC title game Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024.
Cheswick Christian boys edge Pittsburgh Christian Academy for SWCAC title
The Cheswick Christian Academy boys basketball team defeated Pittsburgh Christian Academy, 42-39, on Saturday at a packed Steve Warden Gymnasium to take home its first SWCAC title since 2015.

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Neighborhood Academy huddles up during a WPIAL Class A semifinal victory over Rochester on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024.
Neighborhood Academy tops Rochester, makes finals in program’s 4th year in WPIAL
Jordan Marks has spent plenty of time at the Petersen Events Center. Before becoming the head coach at Neighborhood Academy, Marks cut his teeth as a video coordinator under former Pitt coach Jamie Dixon.

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Shady Side Academy’s Cassie Sauer and Beaver Falls’ Avina Norman take the opening tip of their WPIAL Class 3A semifinal Saturday.
Shady Side Academy pulls away from Beaver Falls to earn trip to WPIAL finals
Beaver Falls senior Avina Norman has been a force in the postseason for the Tigers, averaging 20.5 points per game in leading the team in scoring in both first-round and quarterfinal victories.

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Greensburg Central Catholic sophomore Erica Gribble scored her 1,000th point Saturday in the WPIAL 2A semifinals.
Sophomore Erica Gribble hits milestone as No. 1 Greensburg CC reaches WPIAL finals
She came off a curl and caught the basketball on the wing, in front of her team’s bench, and let it fly with 21.4 seconds left in the third quarter.

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Yough’s Terek Crosby scores over Washington’s DeAndre Doughty on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2024, at Yough High School.
Yough’s Terek Crosby scores 2,000th point in playoff loss to Shady Side
Standout senior guard Terek Crosby of Yough scored his 2,000th career point Saturday in a 61-47 loss to Shady Side Academy in a WPIAL Class 3A consolation game at Fox Chapel.

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Baldwin’s Caden Cherico hauls in a rebound over North Allegheny’s Anthony Sciote (center) and Carter Melzer (right) in the WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinals Friday, Feb. 23, 2024, at Baldwin.
WPIAL announces playoff sites, times for Tuesday basketball semifinals
Fox Chapel, Gateway and Peters Township will host WPIAL semifinal doubleheaders Tuesday night.

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Plum’s Megan Marston works against Franklin Regional’s Madison DeRiggi during their game on Dec. 18 at Plum.
                                Christopher Horner | TribLive
After strong finish, Franklin Regional girls look toward promising future
A couple more games. Maybe another week of section play would have done the trick.

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Hampton’s Meghan Murray does an interview after becoming her school’s all-time leading scorer during a game with Mars on Monday, Jan. 22, 2024.
Playoff heartbreaker ends eventful season for Hampton girls
A season of ups and downs came to an end for the Hampton girls basketball team Feb. 20 with a loss to No. 2 seed McKeesport in the first round of the WPIAL Class 5A playoffs.

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Fox Chapel’s Jefferson Moorefield-Brown drives on Shaler’s Sam Himrod and Brandon London on Feb. 9.
1st-round jitters can’t stop Fox Chapel in wild win over North Hills
Zach Skrinjar has a theory about the first round of the WPIAL Class 5A playoffs. Despite there being some mismatches on paper in terms of high seeds against lower seeds, the veteran Fox Chapel boys basketball coach believes the first round is the most difficult.

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Bethel Park’s Sadie Orie
Late-season surge has Bethel Park girls excited about program’s future
Bethel Park’s girls basketball team ended its season in a most positive way — with six consecutive victories.

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Plum’s Rayla Smith and North Hills’ Mallory Pierce fight for a loose ball on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024, at North Hills High School.
After WPIAL playoff exit, Plum says goodbye to senior quartet
In 2021, the Plum girls basketball team defeated Lincoln Park to snap a two-­decade-long win drought in the WPIAL playoffs.

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North Hills’ Olivia Waters attempts a layup in traffic against Plum on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024, at North Hills High School.
North Hills girls end long droughts with section title, playoff win
When Tony Grenek took over the North Hills girls basketball program before the 2022-2023 season, he did so assuming that, in time, he’d be able to pull the program out of the continual depths it had resided for for years.

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Avonworth’s Rowan Carmichael celebrates hitting a 3-pointer against Highlands in a WPIAL Class 4A first-round game Feb. 16.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Feb. 24, 2024: Semifinal round ready to tip off
Welcome to opening day of the district final four, the WPIAL basketball semifinals in boys Class 4A and A along with girls 3A and 2A.

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