Girls High School Basketball: South Park stunned in OT

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Defending champion South Park was just seconds away Thursday from moving on to the PIAA Class AAA quarterfinals for the third year in a row.

Then the worst possible thing happened.

Nikki Arbanas made an off-balance 3-pointer at the buzzer in overtime to lift undefeated Hickory to a 55-54 win against South Park in a second-round game at Farrell.

Hickory (27-0) will play Blackhawk Saturday in the quarterfinals, while South Park finished 23-6.

Arbanas, a Youngstown State recruit, led Hickory with 23 points.

Arbanas' heroics came after South Park's Jesse Jones scored her first points of the game on a layup to put the Eagles ahead, 54-52, with four seconds left.

Allison McGrath led South Park with 17 points.

More Class AAA

* Blackhawk 51, Villa Maria 37: Chassidy Omogrosso scored 22 points to help the WPIAL champion Cougars (25-2) reach the quarterfinals for the third season in a row after defeating Villa Maria (22-4) at Sharon. Omogrosso made four 3-pointers and was 8 of 8 from the free-throw line. Overall, the Cougars were 22 of 25 from the line. Courtney Vannoy added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Cougars, who outscored Villa Maria, 27-18, in the second half.

Class A

* Vincentian 61, Berlin Brothersvalley 48: Brenna Wise had 24 points and 11 rebounds to push the WPIAL champion Royals (24-3) to a win against Berlin Brothersvalley (22-5) at Hempfield. Wise scored 13 points in the first half to help the Royals take a 30-15 halftime lead. Vincentian, the PIAA runner-up a year ago, advanced to play District 10 champion Kennedy Catholic (23-2).

* Bishop Guilfoyle 65, Serra Catholic 63: Freshman Lily Benzel scored 33 points to vault District 6 champion Bishop Guilfoyle (22-5) to the quarterfinals for the seventh time in eight years by edging the Eagles (24-4) at Richland. With the score tied, 63-63, Benzel and Macy Adams each made 1 of 2 free throws in the final 15 seconds to provide the difference. Megan Sieg scored 18 of her team-high 22 points in the first half for the Eagles.

* Clarion 41, Quigley Catholic 33: The Spartans (19-7) saw their season end with a loss to District 9 champion Clarion (22-5) at Karns City. The score was tied, 13-13, at the half, but Clarion outscored the Spartans, 28-20, in the second half. Kristen Jackson scored a team-high 13 points for the Spartans, who went just 15 of 26 from the free-throw line.


* Erin Mathias, a 6-foot 4 senior center at Fox Chapel, was selected as the Gatorade Pennsylvania Player of the Year. Mathias, a Duke recruit, averaged 16 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocked shots a game and helped the Foxes reach the WPIAL Class AAAA semifinals.

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