WPIAL girls: Hopewell easily advances
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Looking to lead Hopewell to a WPIAL Class AAA title, Shatori Walker-Kimbrough continues to produce championship worthy performances.
Walker-Kimbrough scored 33 points -- including Hopewell's first 17 of the game -- to lead the top-seeded Vikings to a 46-35 victory against No. 8 seed Elizabeth Forward in a WPIAL quarterfinal game Saturday at West Allegheny.
Walker-Kimbrough, a junior forward and one of the top players in the WPIAL, followed up her 36-point effort in the first round by scoring 24 of the Vikings' 28 first-half points.
She averaged 25 points per game in the regular season, which is third best in the WPIAL.
The Class AAA Section 2 champion Vikings have won 13 consecutive games and advanced to the semifinals for the second time in three seasons.
Dana Buck scored 16 points for Elizabeth Forward. The Warriors were trying to advance to the semifinals for the first time since 1990.
• Blackhawk 57, New Castle 44: Defending champion and No. 3 seed Blackhawk (21-3) won the rubber match with Section 2 rival and No. 11 seed New Castle (13-10) at Ambridge. Alexis Graham had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Cougars, who outscored the Red Hurricane, 20-8, in the second quarter. Christina Talbert led New Castle with 17 points.
• South Park 62, South Fayette 33: Halie Torris scored 25 points and grabbed eight rebounds to help the No. 2 seed Eagles (21-2) defeat the No. 7 seed Lions (16-8) at Canon-McMillan. Shelby Lindsay added 16 points and eight assists for the Eagles, who defeated the Lions by nine points in the regular season. Erika Ford led South Fayette with 15 points, but scored only three in the first half.
• Chartiers Valley 43, Uniontown 25: The No. 4 seed Colts (22-2) won their 19th consecutive game by eliminating the No. 5 seed Red Raiders (18-5) at California University. Kassidy O'Keefe scored a game-high 12 points for the Colts, who led by four points at the half, but outscored the Red Raiders, 12-2, in the third quarter.
• North Catholic 56, St. Joseph 19: At North Allegheny, defending champion and top seed North Catholic (19-5) had little trouble defeating Section 2 foe St. Joseph (14-9) for the third time this season. Lauren Wolosik, Angela Nowacki and Becky Stark all scored 11 points for the Trojanettes, who hope to reach the final for the fourth year in a row.
• Fort Cherry 60, Cornell 26: Led by the top scoring defense in Class A, the No. 3 seed Rangers (23-1) stifled the No. 11 seed Raiders (12-12) at West Allegheny. Carolena Gasbarro scored 20 points and helped the Rangers limit Cornell to single digits each quarter. The Rangers, who allow 33 points per game, were runners-up a season ago.
• Riverview 56, Monessen 47: Mary Andrejko scored 28 points to propel the No. 12 seed Raiders (16-7) to their second upset in a row against a section champion by defeating the No. 4 Greyhounds (20-4) at California University. The Raiders outscored Monessen, 21-13, in the fourth quarter. Geena Shrader had 25 points for Monessen.
• Vincentian 66, Winchester Thurston 31: The No. 2 seed Royals (23-1) advanced to the semifinals for the fifth time in six years by blowing out the No. 10 seed Bears (13-9) at North Hills.
First Published February 26, 2012 12:15 am