Quick (and deep) thoughts on the local high school hoops scene
I've become convinced that the South Fayette boys basketball team is primed for a deep playoff run. The Lions are very young (two freshmen, one sophomore in the starting lineup) but they have as much on-court talent as any local team. SF may not yet belong in the same class with Class AA heavyweights Beaver Falls and Jeannette but there aren't many other teams in the classification as strong as the Lions. This is a team that may be around come the PIAA quarterfinals.
Fort Cherry's Zach Bellhy put up an astounding 42 points Friday night during a loss to Bishop Canevin. That type of production is what we saw from Monessen's Josh Arnold and former Rangers' guard Dan Davis. FC may not be a playoff team this year but Bellhy and Mike Kropf are two of the better players in the area.
The only game I can see the Wash High girls losing before the playoffs is a non-section contest at Monessen.
Speaking of Wash High, junior Jocelyn Floyd deserves mention along with Peters Township's Emily Correal and Ringgold's Emily Schartner as the best local players in girls basketball. Floyd is an excellent defensive player and one of the best at anticipating the pass that I've seen (boys or girls).
Monessen senior Tim Tyree is the area's most exciting player.
That said, I believe the Greyhounds will lose at Wash High when those two meet again and they will share the Section 5-AA title.
Local teams in the WPIAL playoffs will be:
Boys - Canon-McMillan, Peters Township, South Fayette, Washington, Monessen, Burgettstown, Bentworth, California, Carmichaels, Mapletown;
Girls - Peters Township, Ringgold, McGuffey, South Fayette, Washington, Beth-Center, Monessen, Avella, Carmichaels, Mapletown, California.