WPIAL Class A girls basketball finals preview: West Greene vs. Rochester

Thursday, February 28, 2019 | 9:01 PM

Class A girls

West Greene (22-2) vs. Rochester (18-6)

3 p.m. Friday, Petersen Events Center

Starting lineups

No. 1 West Greene (22-2)

Coach: Jordan Watson

No. Player, Pos., Ht., Yr.

4 Elizabeth Brudnock, G. 5-6, So.

10 Kaitlyn Rizor, G, 5-9, Sr.

14 McKenna Lampe, G, 5-4, Sr.

21 Madison Lampe, G, 5-3, Sr.

23 Brianna Goodwin, F, 5-7, Sr.

No. 2 Rochester (18-6)

Coach: CJ Iannini

No. Player, Pos., Ht., Yr.

3 Alexis Robison, G, 5-7, So.

11 Corynne Hauser, G, 5-7, Fr

13 Jasmine Mack, F, 5-11, Jr.

22 Mia Anthony, G, 5-5, Sr.

24 Victoria Schinke, G, 5-5, Sr.

Title game history: West Greene has never won a WPIAL girls basketball championship. The Pioneers reached the district finals a year ago where they lost to Winchester Thurston, 76-57. … A first time champion is guaranteed since Rochester also has never won a girls basketball crown. In fact, this will be the Rams’ first ever title-game appearance.

Stat leaders: WG: McKenna Lampe 14.1 ppg; Roch: Alexis Robison 17.6

Notable: West Greene won 17 games in a row between losses to Southmoreland on Dec. 8 and to Bishop Canevin on Feb. 2. The Pioneers have won four straight, including a 10-point win over Sewickley Academy in the quarterfinals and a four-point win over 2018 Class 2A champion Vincentian Academy in the semis. The Lampe twins, McKenna and Madison, will attend Carlow to play softball. … Rochester started the season 2-3 overall before winning 13 consecutive games. The Rams then lost three of their final four regular-season games before playoff wins over Avella and Quigley Catholic. Rochester lost to West Greene in the WPIAL quarterfinals in each of the last two seasons, 51-37 in 2017 and 73-43 last year.

Predicted winner: West Greene

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