PIAA basketball playoffs roundup for March 13: Conlan rallies Quaker Valley past Hickory
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 | 11:18 PM
Danny Conlan scored 21 points Tuesday night for the Quaker Valley boys basketball team … and he saved his best for last.
Conlan scored the final five points of the game, including the winning basket with 11 seconds left to lift the WPIAL runner-up Quakers to a 53-52 victory over District 10 runner-up Hickory in a PIAA Class 4A second-round game at Slippery Rock University.
Conlan finished with 21 points, and Coletrane Washington added 13 for Quaker Valley, which will play District 6 champion Huntingdon (23-2) in the quarterfinals Friday at a time and site to be determined.
Washington now has 1,509 career points to move into third in Quakers' history.
New Castle 61, South Fayette 41 — Georgie Eggleston had 17 points and Marcus Hooker added 15 as WPIAL champion New Castle (23-4) rolled to a PIAA Class 4A second-round victory at Aliquippa.
New Castle closed the game on a 22-9 run.
Anthony Bailey added 10 points for the Red Hurricanes, who will play District 10 champion Sharon (25-2) in the quarterfinals Friday.
Highlands 73, Carrick 54 — The Golden Rams (20-5) fell behind early then finished the first quarter with an 11-0 surge en route to a PIAA Class 5A second-round win at Gateway. Sophomore Luke Cochran led the way with 21 points, including five 3-pointers. Shawn Erceg and Romello Freeman had 12 points each. The Raiders (20-6), in the PIAA second round for the first time since 1993, were led by Daysean Woodson with 18 points. Y'shua Bragg had 17 points and 11 rebounds.
Kennedy Catholic 73, Union 37 — District 10 champion Kennedy Catholic (20-4) opened a 36-17 halftime lead and cruised to a PIAA Class A second-round win over Union (18-7) at Slippery Rock University.
Shanksville-Stonycreek 56, Eden Christian Academy 53 (OT) — Dawson Snyder scored 26 points, including five in overtime, to lead District 5 runner-up Shanksville-Stonycreek (20-5) over Eden Christian Academy (17-7) in a PIAA Class A second-round game at Hempfield.
Matt Addleman added 15 points for the Vikings, who trailed for much of the game before forcing overtime with a 13-4 edge in the fourth quarter.
It was the second time Eden Christian Academy, the WPIAL's sixth-place team, played a tightly contested game in the state playoffs. The Warriors beat District 9 champion Johnsonburg, 30-28, in the first round.
Chase Harring matched Snyder's point total of 26 and Tanner Gross added 12 to lead Eden Christian Academy.
Bethel Park 53, State College 35 — Maria Cerro had 14 points and Kam Lach scored 12 as WPIAL fourth-place finisher Bethel Park (19-6) won a PIAA Class 6A second-round game at Central Cambria.
Olivia Westphal scored 11 points and Madelyn Dziezgowski added 10 for the Black Hawks, who will play North Allegheny in the quarterfinals Friday.
North Allegheny 55, Altoona 50 — Piper Morningstar scored 21 points, Madelyn Fischer added 17 and Lizzy Groetsch scored all eight of her points on free throws in the fourth quarter, including six in the final minute, as WPIAL champion North Allegheny (27-0) held off Altoona (21-5) in a PIAA Class 6A second-round game at Hempfield.
It was the third victory for North Allegheny in as many meetings with Altoona this season. The Tigers were ranked No. 1 in the state in the latest pennlive.com poll.
Groetsch started her flurry of makes from the free-throw line at the 1-minute mark of the fourth and with North Allegheny clinging to a 49-48 lead. The Tigers outscored the Mountain Lions, 6-2, down the stretch with all points coming on foul shots.
Olivia Hudson led Altoona with 21 points. Bridgid Fox added 11 for the Mountain Lions, the District 6 runner-up.
Bishop Canevin 46, Everett 39 — Bri Allen scored 19 points to pace WPIAL champion Bishop Canevin (22-4) in a PIAA Class 3A second-round game at Central Cambria. Shamyjha Price added 12 points for the Crusaders, who will play Mohawk in the quarterfinals Friday.
East Allegheny 60, Brookville 34 — Amani Johnson tallied 34 points to lift WPIAL runner-up East Allegheny (26-1) to victory in the PIAA Class 3A second round at Armstrong.
Abby Henderson added 12 points for the Wildcats, who will play York Catholic (15-13) in the quarterfinals.
Mohawk 46, Laurel 31 — WPIAL third-place finisher Mohawk (21-5) jumped out to a 12-0 lead and rolled to a PIAA Class 3A second-round win over Laurel (14-12) at Aliquippa.
Caitlin Carnuche had 13 points to lead Mohawk.
Blairsville 41, Vincentian Academy 36 — Rena Enterline had 20 points to guide District 6's Blairsville (25-3) to a PIAA Class 2A second-round game at Armstrong. Caroline Elliott had 10 points for the WPIAL champion Royals (24-2).
Chartiers-Houston 64, Bishop McCort 51 — After trailing early, WPIAL runner-up Chartiers-Houston (21-6) rallied for a PIAA Class 2A second-round win at Plum. Alexa Williamson had 29 points to lead the Bucs, who will play District 6's Bellwood-Antis (25-3) in the quarterfinals.
Madison Simpson added 18 points in the victory.
Penns Manor 63, Brentwood 45 — Autumn Fennell scored 20 points and Lauren Bagley added 18 to lead District 6 Penns Manor (23-5) past WPIAL fourth-place finisher Brentwood (18-8) in a PIAA Class 2A second-round game at Hempfield.
Penns Manor jumped to a 13-4 lead and added to the margin for a 31-18 halftime advantage. Brentwood got as close as 11 points with 4:20 left on two free throws by Abby Wolf, but the Comets outscored the Spartans, 10-3, down the stretch to seal the victory.
Natalie Murrio scored 16 points to lead Brentwood. Morgan Dryburgh added 13 for the Spartans.