Saturday, March 14, 2009

Wash High vs. Beaver Falls

WEXFORD – Senior Mark Wise and sophomore Zach Barnes finished with double-doubles as all five starters scored in double figures for Washington in a 69-51 victory over Beaver Falls in Saturday’s PIAA Class AA quarterfinal at North Allegheny High School.
Wise finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Barnes added 10 points and a game-high 14 rebounds for the Prexies (25-3), who play WPIAL champion North Catholic (27-2) in Wednesday’s semifinal.
Nick Bryant led Wash High with 17 points, while Troy Wilson added 15 points and six rebounds. Robert Anderson chipped in 12 points for Washington, which never trailed after tying the game 15-15 early in the second quarter.
Beaver Falls (21-6) got 20 points and 12 rebounds from Todd Thomas but the Tigers were dominated inside despite a decided size advantage. Kevin Nesmith, a 6-7 center, did not score, while 6-6 B.J. McBryde scored two points.

  • While driving away from North Allegheny High School, I began thinking about a post-game interview with Washington coach Ron Faust following the Prexies' loss to South Fayette in the WPIAL quarterfinals. Faust was pleased with how hard his team played that day and said he thought the Prexies would be just fine in the state tournament. Correct again Coach.
  • Washington has dominated Quaker Valley and Beaver Falls in successive games. The Quakers and Tigers were possible the two most hyped teams coming into the season.
  • The Prexies are winning because everyone is finding ways to make key contributions. Against Beaver Falls, I thought Zach Barnes was the player of the game, followed closely by Mark Wise. The way those two controlled the inside was why the margin of victory was so large.
  • Beaver Falls' senior Todd Thomas is one seriously gifted athlete. I didn't really like the way he jawed at the officials when he came out of the game late in the fourth quarter. It wasn't the refs fault. It was Beaver Falls' inability to rebound that ultimately doomed its season.
  • Then again, it shouldn't be a surprise Thomas mouthed off. His coaches did not let the officials alone and it eventually led to a technical foul. Again, I go back to rebounding.
  • Finally, a couple other local teams (South Fayette and Monessen) should be taking notes. The Lions are Greyhounds are as talented as Wash High. The Prexies' mental toughness is what has Washington in the Western Final for the first time since 1990.


brian davis said...

good job wash high.good luck against n.c. bring it home!

Anonymous said...

Good luck to Wash High. I'll be rooting for you guys. Being a greyhound fan I hope that next year we are where you are today. I don't see any reason why not. Great job against Beaver Falls and good luck against North Catholic. My advise to you about North Catholic is to be as patient as they are when you have the ball in your hand and keep going after the ball. I think you can take them...

Anonymous said...

What a mature team Wash High is, the coaching probably contributes to that. The Prexies haven’t wavered one time during the PIAA playoffs. They have such composure, when they fell behind quickly against Fairview; they held together and battled back. When Beaver Falls cut the lead to three, Wash High didn’t fold instead they just turn the momentum around and dominated the oversized Tigers. When someone is struggling there is someone else ready to step up, that’s a characteristic of a great team. The only way Wash High gets beat is if they beat themselves, and they don’t seem like the kind of team that’s willing to do that.

Good luck Prexies, we’re all rooting for you!

Got LOve said...

Wash High is a beast. Aint nobody got heart like we do. We r gonna make the whole thing.. God got us and there aint nothing else 2 say!

Brant said...

What a surprise that Todd Thomas doesn't know how to act, after his mother's ridiculous shenanigans following the WPIAL football championship game. The fruit doesn't fall far from the tree. Oh, by the way, here was a quote from Thomas, himself, after his team's loss in the WPIAL football championship game: "I guarantee you -- and you all hear me say this -- in basketball we're going to win it all. Seriously. We're not going to lose a game." Oops.