Monday, February 14, 2011

Girls basketball, week in review

Team of the Week – Monessen
The Greyhounds enter the WPIAL Class A playoffs with an unbeaten record following an impressive final week of the regular season.
Monessen (22-0), a probable top three seed for the postseason, defeated Serra Catholic and Geibel to wrap up its play in Section 4 and followed with an impressive home win over a good Fort Cherry team in a non-section game Saturday.
Monessen, coached by former Greyhounds legend Gina Naccarato, holds the No. 2 Class A ranking by the Observer-Reporter.
In a 56-22 rout of Serra (a team that gave Monessen one of its closest games earlier in the season), Geena Shrader scored 20 points and Serra scored one point in the first quarter. Thursday's 56-17 win at Geibel saw four players hit double figures points.
Shrader came up big again with 18 points against Fort Cherry, which hadn't lost to a Class A team all season.

Runner-up – Charleroi
The Cougars are 20-1 and, thanks to three blowout wins last week, tied with Washington for the Section 4-AA championship. It's Charleroi's first section title since 2000.

Starting five
Shannon Flament, Charleroi
Aujuwa Moore, Washington
Geena Shrader, Monessen
Amanda Temple, Avella
Carley Weiss, Trinity
First sub
Morgan Iacovino, Charleroi

Preparing for the postseason – The following teams have qualified for the WPIAL playoffs: Class AAA, South Fayette (13-6), Ringgold (7-14); Class AA, Charleroi (20-1), Washington (15-7), Bentworth (12-9); Class A, Fort Cherry (18-3), Chartiers-Houston (15-7), Avella (14-8), Carmichaels (13-9), Monessen (22-0), California (11-9).

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