Vincentian Girls too Wise for Serra in Girls Class A Basketball Championship

Saturday, March 2, 2013 | 1:51 PM

Vincentian girls basketball star Brenna Wise played in last year's WPIAL Class A Championship at 50% with an ankle injury. This year, she was 100%, and that was bad news for Serra Catholic.

Wise scored 18 points, grabbed 21 rebounds and blocked 4 shots, leading the Royals to their second Championship in as many years, defeating Serra 53-46 on Saturday afternoon at the A.J. Palumbo Center.

The top-seeded Royals (25-1) join the Vincentian boys basketball team, which defeated Clairton to win the Boys Class A Championship last night. It is the first time a school has swept Class A since 1995, when Monessen won both titles. 

No. 2 Serra Catholic (23-3) would keep things interesting for the majority of the game, trailing 24-21 at half. They would take the lead in the 3rd quarter 28-26.

However, Vincentian would answer, going on a 12-0 run that Serra could never overcome. Vincentian would push their lead to 43-30 in the 4th quarter.

Serra would fight back, answering with a 13-5 run to cut the Vincentian advantage to 48-43 late in the 4th. But Maia Joiner and Abby Bartoszewicz would knock down six clutch free throws to seal the win. 

In addition to Wise, Vincentian got strong performances off their bench. Kierston Elliot scored 13 points and Joiner had 12. 

Serra was paced by the Seig sisters. Katie Seig scored 13 points and grabbed a team-high 7 rebounds. Megan Seig scored 12 points and had 6 rebounds. 

Vincentian, which had three of their starters fail to score in the game, outrebounded Serra 41-33.

For the Royals, the win is their third Girls Class A Championship in four seasons and their seventh in school history. They defeated North Catholic 54-50 in last year's title game, a game in which Wise was severely limited with an injured ankle that kept her out for most of the 2012 playoffs.

Vincentian will now move into the PIAA playoffs, where they will meet the 3rd place finisher from District 9, while Serra Catholic will play the runner-up from District 10. Quigley (3rd), North Catholic (4th) and Winchester-Thurston (5th) will join the two WPIAL finalists from District 7 in the state playoffs.  

Score By Quarter:

SC:  9-12-7-18= 46

VA: 13-11-12-17= 53




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