Basketball

Mt. Lebanon’s Ashleigh Connor shoots a free throw against Bethel Park in the WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinals Saturday, Macrh 6, 2021.
Mt. Lebanon edges Bethel Park in Class 6A battle
March 6, 2021
Senior Morgan Palmer drained a key 3-pointer in overtime then connected on a free throw with 4.5 seconds remaining to give Mt. Lebanon a thrilling 59-58 overtime win over Bethel Park in the WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinals Saturday afternoon.

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Hampton junior guard Matt DeMatteo is also the school’s starting quarterback.
Hampton boys look to grow from tough season
A season that began with a delay ended with a dud for the Hampton boys basketball team.

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Fox Chapel junior Jake DeMotte holds his form after shooting a 3-pointer against Norwin on Feb. 9.
Junior Jake DeMotte arrives for Fox Chapel, plays key role in playoff victory
Throughout this season, the Fox Chapel boys basketball team has gotten contributions from several players.

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Plum’s Ta’Rasi Means pressures West Allegheny’s Nodin Tracy during their WPIAL Class 5A playoff game on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, at Plum High School.
Plum basketball teams enjoy playoff success before bowing out
For the Plum girls basketball team, joy at winning the program’s first playoff game since 2002 on March 1 turned to disappointment the next day as covid issues forced the Mustangs to bow out of the WPIAL Class 5A tournament ahead of a first-round matchup against No. 2 Chartiers Valley.

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Trinity’s Michael Dunn scores over Highlands’ Antonine McDaniel during a WPIAL Class 5A first-round playoff game on Wednesday.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on March 6, 2021: Trinity looks for another upset
March 5, 2021
With each round of the WPIAL basketball playoffs on a three-day cycle, Saturday is smack dab in the middle of the elite-eight round.

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High school scores, summaries and schedules for March 5, 2021
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Upper St. Clair’s Luke Banbury (25) scored 30 points against Seneca Valley on Friday night.
High school roundup for March 5, 2021: Upper St. Clair boys, girls move into semifinals
Luke Banbury scored 30 points, David Pantelis added 17, and Upper St. Clair defeated Seneca Valley, 72-70, to fend off an upset bid in the WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinals Friday night.

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Leechburg’s Eli Rich scored 17 points against Eden Christian on Friday night.
Leechburg rallies for double-overtime win over Eden Christian
In a double overtime thriller, No. 6 Leechburg upset No. 3 Eden Christian 45-40 in the WPIAL Class A quarterfinals Friday night at Sewickley Academy.

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North Allegheny’s Greg Habib tries to get a pass off against Fox Chapel during their WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinal Friday, March 5, 2021.
Fox Chapel uses early run to knock off North Allegheny in Class 6A quarters
The Fox Chapel boys basketball team couldn’t have drawn it up any better.

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North Allegheny’s Matt McDonough shoots a 3-pointer against Butler on Feb. 22.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on March 5, 2021: WPIAL quarterfinals tip off
With preliminary and first-round games now history, the curtain rises on the WPIAL basketball quarterfinals. The elite eight round tips off Friday.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Alli Bailey drives to the basket between Freeport’s Abby DeJidas (2) and Grace Soilis during their WPIAL Class 4A playoff game on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, at Freeport.
Westmoreland basketball notebook: Mt. Pleasant girls get another shot at Southmoreland
The Mt. Pleasant girls basketball team did not play its best in two section games against Southmoreland, but the Vikings will get another shot against the Scotties.

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South Park and Ambridge line up for the opening tip of a WPIAL Class 4A first-round game Thursday, March 4, 2021.
South Park boys see big lead threatened before pulling away from Ambridge
March 4, 2021
South Park had several chances to show Ambridge some mercy in their WPIAL Class 4A first-round boys basketball game Thursday. But the Eagles could not deliver the knockout punch, so they settled for a unanimous 90-72 victory.

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South Allegheny’s Antonio Epps drives past Ligonier Valley’s Wesley Smykal in a WPIAL Class 3A first-round playoff game Thursday, March 4, 2021.
South Allegheny tops Ligonier Valley, serves notice in Class 3A
Top-seeded South Allegheny opened up postseason play with a statement victory Thursday.

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Belle Vernon’s Daniel Gordon (20) looks to advance past Freeport’s Zach Clark (11) in a WPIAL Class 4A first-round playoff game Thursday, March 4, 2021.
Two players set career highs in points as Belle Vernon boys rout Freeport
While Belle Vernon is the No. 1 seed in the WPIAL Class 4A bracket, the Leopards feel disrespected.

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Deer Lakes junior Armend Karpuzzi dribbles up the court during the Lancers’ WPIAL Class 4A first round matchup against Elizabeth Forward on Thursday, March 4, 2021.
Deer Lakes avoids slow start, takes down Elizabeth Forward
The Deer Lakes boys basketball team has only played one game since Feb. 10, but it sure doesn’t look like that.

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Hempfield’s Joe Fiedor scores past Penn-Trafford’s Silas Koscho on Feb. 9.
Westmoreland basketball playoff capsules: Games for Friday, March 5, 2021
Here’s a look at Friday’s WPIAL basketball playoff games involving Westmoreland County teams:

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Knoch’s Ryan Lang brings the ball upcourt during a game against Mars on Dec. 11, 2020, in Adams.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports for March 4, 2021: Top scorers step into spotlight
March 3, 2021
We have reached the final night of the first round. On Thursday, all of the brackets will be sliced from the sweet 16 to the elite eight in the 2021 WPIAL boys and girls open basketball playoffs.

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North Allegheny’s Lizzy Groetsch scores past Norwin’s Lauren Palangio on Feb. 22.
Trib 10: Belle Vernon, Trinity keep top spots in power rankings as playoffs begin
The regular season is in the books (woo hoo!) and the WPIAL has started with a unique open tournament. Sure, all were welcomed, but the pretenders have been quickly weeded out.

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Upper St. Clair’s Luke Banbury gets past Chartiers Valley’s Anthony Collura during their game on Feb. 26.
Trib HSSN Boys Basketball State Rankings for March 3, 2021
Most of the districts across Pennsylvania have concluded their regular season and are now participating in the all-important district playoffs.

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Chartiers Valley’s Brayden Reynolds scored 33 points against McKeesport on Wednesday night.
High school roundup for March 3, 2021: Reynolds, Chartiers Valley heat up, move on
Brayden Reynolds scored 33 points and No. 1 Chartiers Valley turned it on after trailing by two at the end of the first quarter to earn a 74-56 WPIAL Class 5A boys basketball first-round victory over No. 17 McKeesport on Wednesday night.

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