PIAA girls basketball: North Allegheny pulls away from Penn-Trafford



Not even a week after capturing its first WPIAL girls' basketball championship, Penn-Trafford saw its season come to a sudden end.

North Allegheny got a game-high 22 points and six 3-pointers from Devvin LaBarge to pull away in the second half and rout the Warriors (20-7), 64-39, in a PIAA Class AAAA first round playoff game at Baldwin.

Leading by eight points at halftime, the Tigers (23-2) extended their lead to 16 by the end of the third quarter.

Bishop Canevin 61, Juniata 30

Bishop Canevin takes on Juniata in PIAA playoff action Friday night. (Video by Matt Freed; 3/7/2014)

As a team, North Allegheny made nine 3-pointers and went 23 of 26 from the free-throw line. With the win, it will play District 6 champion State College in the second round Tuesday at a site to-be-determined.

Maria Palarino had a team-high 11 points for Penn-Trafford, which turned the ball over 19 times.

Other Class AAAA

* Fox Chapel 48, McDowell 36: Kayla Slovenec had 14 points as the Foxes (20-5) used a strong second quarter to defeat the District 10 champion Trojans (15-8) at Mercyhurst University. Erin Mathias and Taylor Cohen each added 10 for Fox Chapel, which will play Hempfield Tuesday.

* State College 51, Mt. Lebanon 50: Christine Ehland scored 16 points, but the Blue Devils (16-7) were unable to complete a late comeback in a loss to the Little Lions (18-7) at Altoona. Mt. Lebanon trailed by 10 entering the fourth quarter, but outscored State College, 18-9, in the final eight minutes.

* Hempfield 54, Obama Academy 33: Monica Burns had a game-high 21 points as the Spartans (18-9) rebounded from their loss in the WPIAL championship with a victory against the City League champion Eagles (14-7) at Allderdice. Michaela Porter led Obama with seven points.

Class AA

* Bishop Canevin 61, Juniata 30: Johnie Olkosky had 17 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists as the Crusaders (20-6) had little trouble defeating the Indians (23-4) at Moon. Bishop Canevin led, 20-5, after the first quarter and held a 52-14 advantage against the District 6 runner-up by the start of the fourth quarter. The Crusaders will play Girard Tuesday.

* Greensburg Central Catholic 56, Mercer 31: The Centurions (20-5) built a 13-point lead by halftime and had 21 points from Carolyn Appleby in a victory against the District 10 runner-up Mustangs (18-7) at Sharon. Leah Bisignani had a game-high 15 rebounds for Greensburg Central Catholic, which will play Seton-La Salle Tuesday.

* Burrell 55, Clarion-Limestone 27: Sydney Bordonaro had a game-high 17 points and 10 assists as the Buccaneers (26-1) rebounded from their lone loss of the season with an easy victory against the District 9 runner-up Lions (16-10) at North Hills. Natalie Myers added 15 points and 12 rebounds for Burrell, the WPIAL runner-up, which will play Bellwood-Antis Tuesday.

* Tussey Mountain 34, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart 31: The Chargers (16-9) mounted a second-half comeback, but had a potential tying 3-pointer rim out as time expired in a loss to the District 5 champion Titans (24-1) at Pitt-Johnstown. Bri Val Volkenburg led Our Lady of the Sacred Heart with 14 points.

* Bellwood-Antis 56, McGuffey 55: The District 5 champion Blue Devils (24-3) scored the winning basket with 20 seconds remaining to defeat the Highlanders (20-5) at Altoona. Sammie Weiss led McGuffey with 16 points, but missed four of six free throws.

* Seton-La Salle 58, Blairsville 37: Yacine Diop and Nicolete Newman each had 18 points to help lead the WPIAL champion Rebels (23-4) to a victory against the Bobcats (23-3) at Chartiers Valley. Seton-La Salle, which was without star Naje Gibson, led by 16 at halftime.

* General McLane 68, Neshannock 47: Madison McHale scored a game-high 22 points, but the Lancers (22-3) gave up 10 3-pointers to the District 10 champion Lancers (23-3) in a loss at Meadville.


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