Westmoreland basketball playoff preview capsule for games of Feb. 17, 2023
Thursday, February 16, 2023 | 11:01 AM
7 p.m. Friday, AHN Arena, Peters Township
Players to watch: Tyler Freas, Penn-Trafford; Jack Dunbar, Peters Township
Layup lines: Penn-Trafford went from last place in Section 3 to making the playoffs over the course of two weeks. The Warriors won three straight games — at McKeesport, at Latrobe and vs. Kiski Area — to qualify. They are 1-9 at home but 6-6 on the road. Their roster has only two seniors. … Peters Township won the Section 1 title while averaging a classification-best 74.1 points per game. The Indians beat Penn-Trafford in December, 74-45. The Indians also have a 68-63 win over Norwin. They have won 12 in a row, a streak that followed a 105-100 loss to Thomas Jefferson.
7 p.m. Friday, Monessen High School
Winner plays: At 3-Carlynton (15-6) at 7 p.m. Wednesday in quarterfinals
Players to watch: Levi Gray, Western Beaver; Lorenzo Gardner, Monessen
Layup lines: Western Beaver sneaked into the postseason as the fourth-place team in Section 1, where it had a 3-7 record. The Golden Beavers have lost five of six. They are scoring 56.5 points and allowing 58.4. Gray averages 24 points a game. He has over 1,000 points for his career. … Monessen had one of the more surprising seedings in the playoffs after winning 20 games and sharing the Section 2 title with Geibel. The Greyhounds have won 20 of their last 21 games and have made the WPIAL playoffs a record 42 straight times. Gardner is scoring 22 a game.
6 p.m. Friday, Furrie Sports Complex, Gateway
Layup lines: Despite dropping four of its last five, California secured third place in Section 4 behind Washington and Chartiers-Houston to make the playoffs. One common opponent is Monessen. The Trojans lost 55-33 to the Greyhounds, and GCC won, 55-29. … Greensburg Central Catholic, in the postseason for the 23rd straight time, shared the Section 3 title with Serra Catholic. Losses to McKeesport and Serra Catholic likely caused a dip in the seedings, although the Centurions recovered to beat playoff teams Clairton and Winchester Thurston to close the regular season. Morgan and fellow junior Avery Davis team with freshman Erica Gribble to form a talented scoring trio. GCC leads the classification in scoring at 58.6 points per game.
Bill Beckner Jr. is a Tribune-Review Staff Writer. You can contact Bill by email at email@example.com or via Twitter .
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