Hampton will face New Castle again

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After a tight first half, Hampton flexed its muscles and raced into the PIAA Elite 8 Thursday night.

Hampton used a strong start to the second half to roll to a 67-45 win against District 10 Erie McDowell in a Class AAAA second-round game at Farrell.

Hampton (24-4) advanced to the quarterfinals Saturday and will face WPIAL champion and section rival New Castle (28-0) for the fourth time this season.

McDowell, which eliminated Kiski Area in the first round, finished the season 23-4.

Hampton led, 25-21, at halftime, but went on a 27-5 run to start the second half and blow the game open.

David Huber's 15 points led a group of four Hampton players scoring in double figures.

Ryan Luther had 14 points, Joey Lafko 12 and Collin Luther 10.

Collin Luther scored his 1,000th career point late in the game. He is the fourth Luther sibling -- joining brothers Ryan and Bill, and sister Jodie -- to accomplish the feat. The Luthers are believed to be only the second family in WPIAL history to have four siblings score 1,000 points apiece.

Hampton made seven 3-pointers and 20 of 32 free throws.

Andrew Stromenger led McDowell with 14 points and Dalton Grafius chipped in with 13.

Class AA

n Seton-LaSalle 61, Mercyhurst Prep 41: Malik White scored 17 points and Levi Masua added 11 to vault the WPIAL champion Rebels (27-1) into the quarterfinals for the first time since 1995 after rolling past Mercyhurst Prep (19-8) at Sharon. The Rebels will face Aliquippa (20-6) in the next round. Christian DelGreco and Ryan Norkus chipped in nine points apiece for the Rebels, who led by seven after the first quarter and widened their lead to 12 by halftime. The Rebels have won 10 games in a row. Chris Vallimont led Mercyhurst Prep with 13 points.

n Greensburg Central Catholic 73, West Middlesex 57: Billy Hipp's 22 points helped the Centurions (24-3) beat District 10 champion West Middlesex (21-6) at North Allegheny. The Centurions will play Beaver Falls next. Hipp was 11 of 11 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter. As a team, the Centurions made 18 of 23 free throws. Brian Graytok added 17 points and Christian Hyland had 15. The Centurions closed the first half on an 8-0 run to take a 36-23 lead. Trey Staunch scored 20 points for West Middlesex. The Centurions' appearance in the quarterfinals will be their third in the past four seasons.

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