Basketball

WPIAL Girls Basketball Team of the Week: Week ending Mar. 8
March 8, 2020
Many eyebrows were raised when the Laurel Highlands boys and Bishop Canevin girls, both WPIAL basketball champions, were stunned in the first round of the PIAA playoffs.

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Trib HSSN girls basketball state rankings for Week of March 8, 2020
The Road to Hershey is open as the state basketball playoffs have one round in the books.

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WPIAL Girls Basketball Player of the Week — Week ending March 8
The WPIAL continues to dominate the first round of the PIAA Class 5A girls basketball playoffs, going 4-1 for a third straight season.

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North Allegheny’s Katerina Balouris (33) celebrates after beating Bethel Park in the WPIAL Class 6A championship game at Petersen Events Center on Feb. 29, 2020.
Trib HSSN broadcasts for Week of March 9-15
The focus as March rolls on is split between the final four in hockey and the second- and third-round state basketball playoff games this week on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Belle Vernon’s Jared Hartman drives against Clearfield’s Andrew Lopez in the PIAA Class 4A first round Friday, March 6, 2020.
Similarities abound, Belle Vernon and Soutmoreland learn second-round sites
The Belle Vernon boys and Southmoreland girls have more than a few things in common as they trek through the PIAA basketball playoffs.

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Rochester’s Alexis Robison scores past West Greene’s Brooke Barner during the WPIAL Class A championship game Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, at Petersen Events Center.
PIAA announces sites, times for 2nd-round girls basketball games
The PIAA announced sites and times for second-round basketball playoff games Sunday.

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Butler’s Ethan Morton drives to the basket between Upper St. Clair’s Zack Kingseed (35) and Ethan Dahlem during their WPIAL Class 6A semifinal Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, at Robert Morris University.
PIAA announces sites, times for 2nd-round boys basketball games
The PIAA announced sites and times for second-round basketball playoff games Sunday.

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PIAA basketball roundup: South Allegheny boys down Franklin
South Allegheny blew open a close game with a big third quarter on their way to a 62-40 win over Franklin on Saturday afternoon at North Allegheny in a PIAA Class 3A boys first round game.

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Lincoln Park’s Andre Wilder drives to the basket against Penns Valley’s Zach Braucht during their PIAA Class 3A first round playoff game Saturday, Mar. 7, 2020, at Fox Chapel High School.
Lincoln Park’s Andre Wilder delays knee surgery with PIAA 1st-round win
March 7, 2020
Andre Wilder is trying to postpone knee surgery one win at a time.

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North Catholic’s Isaac DeGregorio (55) and Jackson Paschall (1) trap Westmont Hilltop’s Ashton Fortson (10) during a PIAA Class 3A first-round game Saturday, March 7, 2020.
Behind DeGregorio’s big 1st half, North Catholic boys rout Westmont Hilltop
After bowing out in the opening round of the past two PIAA playoffs, North Catholic’s boys weren’t taking any chances Saturday.

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North Catholic’s Cassie Foster (3) looks for an opening against Freeport during a PIAA 4A first round game March 7, 2020 at Kiski High.
North Catholic girls stave off upset bid from Freeport in PIAA 1st round
Freeport, leading for more than half the game, appeared poised to pull off one of the biggest PIAA upsets in many years Saturday afternoon at Kiski Area High School.

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Carlynton boys outlast Ligonier Valley in PIAA Class 3A first round
JOHNSTOWN — Carlynton and Ligonier Valley found another gear during a wild fourth quarter Saturday that saw the Cougars outlast the Rams, 85-81, in a first-round PIAA Class 3A boys basketball game at Johnstown High School.

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Sharon and Aliquippa boys basketball teams tip off in the PIAA playoffs March 7, 2020, at Farrell.
Aliquippa rallies past Sharon in PIAA 1st round
Basketball is a game of adjustments. Usually, the team that makes the right in-game adjustments will be the team that ends the game victorious.

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Butler’s Devin Carney celebrates after defeating Pine-Richland Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, at Pine-Richland High School.
Same old story: Butler rallies late, beats Central Dauphin in overtime
The WPIAL boys Class 6A champion refuses to go off script as its Hollywood season continues for at least another show.

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Southmoreland makes PIAA girls basketball playoffs debut to remember
Having never been to the PIAA girls basketball playoffs, Southmoreland wasn’t quite sure what was in store Saturday afternoon in its state tournament debut.

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Upper St. Clair coach Danny Holzer hugs Josh Russell during the fourth quarter of their PIAA Class 6A first round playoff game against Allderdice Saturday, Mar. 7, 2020, at Fox Chapel High School.
Back from injury, Josh Russell’s 3-pointers lift USC over Allderdice in PIAA 1st round
Upper St. Clair’s unofficial team motto was: “Let’s get Russ in uniform one more time.”

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Cornell’s Zaier Harrison (1) goes up for a shot between Saltsburg defenders during a PIAA Class A first-round game Friday, March 6, 2020, at Kiski High.
High school roundup for March 7, 2020: Cornell cruises past Saltsburg
The Cornell boys basketball team bounced back in a big way on Friday night.

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First round of PIAA basketball playoffs continues Saturday
March 6, 2020
It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.

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Serra Catholic’s Brianna Pasternak dribbles up the court against Penns Manor’s defense in the PIAA Class 2A first round Friday, March 6, 2020.
Serra Catholic girls bow out of PIAA postseason
After suffering losses in the district playoffs, both Serra Catholic and Penns Manor returned to the floor in search of a bounce back effort in the PIAA Class 2A playoffs Friday evening.

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Bethel Park coach Jonna Burke instructs her team during a game against Governor Mifflin on March 6, 2020, at Peters Township.
Slow start for Bethel Park, but strong finish lifts Black Hawks to PIAA 2nd round
While Peters Township was not exactly the most neutral site for a PIAA Class 6A girls basketball first-round game between Bethel Park and Governor Mifflin, the rims more than neutralized both offenses in the first half.

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