Trib HSSN rewind: A look back at the 2018-19 girls basketball season
By: Bill Beckner Jr.
Friday, July 12, 2019 | 8:47 PM
Peters Township and Chartiers Valley championed the cause for perfection.
Thirty up and 30 down.
The Indians and Colts put together two of the most impressive runs by a WPIAL girls basketball team — in Class 6A and 5A, respectively — on the way to district and PIAA championships, making them the centerpiece of the girls hardwood season on this end of the state.
Only three other girls teams have won state hoops titles with perfect records.
State champ vibes.
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Star guard Makenna Marisa, selected later as the state player of the year and an All-American, averaged 20.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 4.3 assists to orchestrate the run for nationally-ranked Peters Township.
The Penn State recruit scored 29 points in Peters Township’s 62-49 win over Garnet Valley in the PIAA championship game.
Junior guard Megan McConnell, meantime, led the way for Chartiers Valley, which won its first state title in any sport. She averaged 10.9 points, 4.3 assists and 2.8 steals.
Peters Township, Neshannock, OLSH and Rochester all were first-time champions.
The other PIAA champions: Bethlehem Catholic (4A), Delone Catholic (3A), Bellwood-Antis (2A) and Berlin (A).
Marisa was a first-team all-state selection, joining North Allegheny standout Rachel Martindale on the 6A team.
Tim McConnell was named the state’s Class 5A Coach of the Year.
Chartiers Valley’s Mackenzie Wagner and Megan McConnell were named to the Class 5A first team, along with Thomas Jefferson senior Jenna Clark and Mars senior Tai Johnson.
Junior Mackenzie Amalia and senior Mady Aulbach of Blackhawk made the 4A all-state team, while juniors Kylee Lewandowski and Tess Myers were all-state picks from North Catholic, a state runner-up in 4A.
Rochester sophomore Alexis Robison made the Class A first team.
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Bill Beckner Jr. is a Tribune-Review Staff Writer. You can contact Bill by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .