What to watch for in WPIAL sports for Jan. 23, 2023: Section play heats up in girls basketball
Sunday, January 22, 2023 | 8:04 PM
On Monday, the Bulldogs and Wildcats meet for a second time with a share of first place in Section 1-3A up for grabs.
The two squared off in Beaver County right before the holidays with the Bulldogs defeating the Wildcats, 56-48.
Freedom has a tough one-two punch on offense in junior Shaye Bailey (19.7 ppg) and senior Julia Mohrbacher (18.4 ppg).
More Monday dandies
The second half of section play continues for some sections in district girls basketball Monday. Besides Freedom at Shenango, here are three other games that carry significance in their respective sections.
Both the Mustangs and Panthers are 4-3, one game behind Woodland Hills (8-9, 5-2) and three games behind front-running Indiana (11-4, 7-0). Plum edged visiting Franklin Regional by two points in their first meeting last month. Their rematch is Monday in Murrysville.
In Section 1-4A, Highlands (9-5) visits Knoch (9-6). At 5-2 in the section, the Golden Rams have a half-game lead over the 4-2 Knights in the battle for second place behind North Catholic (12-3, 7-0). Highlands won the first meeting at home over Knoch by 10 points.
Boys nonsection hoops
The Fightin’ Planets are 10-3 overall and had a four-game winning streak snapped last week by Moon.
The Gladiators have been one of the great stories in district boys hoops this season. After moving up to 4A, they had a 13-game winning streak come to an end when they suffered their first loss of the season Saturday, 61-56, in a nonsection game against 6A power New Castle.
Union (14-0) is now the only WPIAL boys team with an unblemished record.
Two of the top scorers in the WPIAL lead their respective teams in this nonsection showdown.
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