PIAA basketball sites set
The PIAA announced sites for the quarterfinal rounds of the state basketball tournament.
With victories in the second round of tournament play, the Chartiers Valley boys’ and girls’ teams as well as the female squads from Mt. Lebanon, Bishop Canevin and Seton-La Salle advanced to play Friday, March 15.
The Lebo ladies and CV Colts will battle for the fourth time this season when they meet at 8 p.m. at North Hills.
Lebo won the Section 4 title in part to a pair of victories, 48-45 and 49-40, over the Lady Colts. However, CV defeated the Blue Devils, 31-27, back on Feb. 26 in the WPIAL semifinals.
Lebo reached the Elite Eight in the western regional with a resounding win, 59-36 against Penn-Trafford (20-6). Against the Warriors, the Blue Devils jumped off to a 13-1 start and cruised to a 36-14 halftime advantage.
Alex Ventrone (16), Madeleine Collins (13) and Christine Ehland (12) all finished in double figures for Lebo, which improved to 24-3 overall.
Meanwhile, the Lady Colts improved to 21-7 overall with their PIAA second-round victory against Gateway, 53-42. CV, like Lebo, used a strong start to put away the Gators (21-6). The Colts led, 13-5, after one frame and 25-13 at intermission.
The CV boys have joined their female counterparts in PIAA quarterfinals, however, they must travel to Chambersburg to take on Archbishop Carroll (21-6), the fourth-place finisher out of District 12. Tip-off is at 7 p.m.
The Colts, who were the WPIAL runners-up to Montour, defeated Greater Johnstown, 65-38, in their second round state playoff game.
Michael Boulos (19), Matty McConnell (18) and Spencer Casson (13) paced CV to its 24th victory of the year.
In addition to his offensive output, Casson blocked 10 shots and grabbed 10 rebounds to finish with a triple-double.
In Class AA, Bishop Canevin (24-4) and Seton-La Salle (26-2) edged closer to a rematch.
While the Crusaders dispatched General McLane (23-4), 54-36, the Rebels defeated Greensburg Central Catholic, 58-38.
For the Crusaders, who led 15-2 after eight minutes and 36-6 at intermission, Erin Waskowiak topped out with 21 tallies. Celina Deipetro and Carly Forse followed with 15 and 11 markers.
Bishop Canevin will travel to North Hills to face Burrell (24-3) in a 6 p.m. contest Friday.
For the Rebels, who led 14-6 and 31-10 after two quarters, Natalie Piaggesi fired in 18 points while Naje Gibson provided 15 markers.
SLS will face Mohawk (19-7) at New Castle in the quarterfinals. Tip time is 6 p.m.
While SLS is the defending state champion, Canevin defeated the Rebels on March 1 to capture its first WPIAL title.