Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Local semifinal capsules

Class AAAA
Peters Township (21-2) vs. Seneca Valley (16-7)
Date, time, place: Wednesday, 8 p.m., North Allegheny High School
Key wins: Peters Township – McKeesport, Washington, Upper St. Clair (twice), Mt. Lebanon, Central Catholic; Seneca Valley – Aliquippa, North Hills, Central Catholic, Upper St. Clair
Leading scorers: Peters Township, Nick Wilcox (21.4), Craig Wolcott (16.0); Seneca Valley, C.J. Brown (14.0).
Bits and pieces: Peters Township has never played for a WPIAL boys basketball championship. … Seneca Valley coach Victor Giannotta is in his fifth year with the Raiders. Giannotta served as Peters Township’s head coach for three years following a success stint at Sewickley Academy, where he won a PIAA Class A title. … Brown is a Maryland football recruit and considered one of the top quarterbacks prospects in Pennsylvania.
Last 10: Peters Township (9-1), Seneca Valley (8-2).

Class AA
South Fayette (21-3) vs. Jeannette (21-3)
Date, time, place: Wednesday, 8 p.m., Baldwin High School
Key wins: South Fayette – Monessen, Aliquippa, Greensburg Central Catholic, North Catholic, Washington; Jeannette – Monessen, Greensburg Central Catholic (twice), Quaker Valley.
Leading scorers: South Fayette, Mike Lamberti (15.9), Pat Zedreck (11.9), Mike Burroughs (11.5); Jeannette, Jordan Hall (23.0).
Bits and pieces: Jeannette beat South Fayette, 64-54, in last year’s WPIAL Class AA quarterfinals at Baldwin. That game went to overtime. … South Fayette was won 18 consecutive, while Jeannette has won 14 in a row. … The semifinal features two teams ranked in the top five according to the Patriot-News of Harrisburg. Jeannette is No. 3, while South Fayette is No. 5. … Some consider Hall to be the top player in WPIAL Class AA. He is also an Ohio State football recruit.
Last 10: South Fayette (10-0), Jeannette (10-0)

Monessen (15-8) vs. North Catholic (22-2)
Date, time, place: Wednesday, 8 p.m., Canon-McMillan High Scool
Key wins: Monessen – Washington, Mohawk, Beaver Falls; North Catholic – South Fayette, Schenley, Seneca Valley, Greensburg Central Catholic, Aliquippa.
Leading scorers: Monessen, Terrance Stepoli (13.0), North Catholic, Jesse Long (16.2), Henry Pwono (14.1).
Bits and pieces – Monessen, the No. 10 seed, has the second most losses of any boys semifinalist (Class AAA Moon, 15-9). … The Greyhounds did not win a non-section game until the playoffs but played a brutal schedule that included South Fayette, Jeannette, Uniontown, Upper St. Clair and Bethel Park. … North Catholic may be the best interior team in the classification.
Last 10: Monessen (8-2), North Catholic (8-2).

Class AA
South Fayette (20-5) vs. Seton-La Salle (20-4)
Date, time, place: Wednesday, 6 p.m., Baldwin High School
Key wins: South Fayette – Washington, OLSH, Serra Catholic, Burrell, Beaver. Seton-La Salle – OLSH (twice), South Fayette (twice), Chartiers Valley, Riverside.
Leading scorers: Seton-La Salle, Kristen Gattuso (14.5).
Bits and pieces: South Fayette is in the semifinals for the first time since 1989. … Both teams play in Section 3-AA and Seton-La Salle swept the regular season series, 47-39 and 37-30. … The Lions are allowing an average of 32.7 points in three playoff games. For the season, South Fayette allows an average of 30.8 points per game, second lowest in the WPIAL to Burrell (30.0). … Gattuso is the daughter of Greg Gattuso, an assistant head coach and defensive line coach at Pitt.
Last 10: South Fayette (8-2); Seton-La Salle (9-1).

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