Sunday, March 13, 2011

PIAA releases sites, times for second round

South Fayette (23-2) will attempt to win its seventh consecutive PIAA playoff game Friday night when it plays District 6 champion Johnstown (23-1) at Hempfield High School outside Greensburg. Tipoff for the Class AAA second-round game is scheduled for 8 p.m.

The Lions beat General McLane in the opening round, while Johnstown, which reached the PIAA Class AAA in championship in 2005, dispatched West Mifflin.

* Monessen will play a boys/girls doubleheader Wednesday at IUP.

The Monessen girls (25-1) face a stern test in defending PIAA Class A champion Bishop Guilfoyle (26-1) of District 6. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.

The Greyhounds easily beat Berlin-Brothersvalley (home of the world's best barbeque potato chips) in the first round. BG allowed just 19 points in beating Elk County Catholic.

The Monessen boys (24-2) started slow in its first game since winning the WPIAL Class AA championship but the Greyhounds got past Mercyhurst Prep. They draw District 5 champion North Star (22-4) with a 7:30 p.m. tip-off.

Considering Monessen, which travels in bunches to playoff basketball games, this site does not make a ton of sense. Monessen fans have a 140-mile roundtrip drive to watch two teams. Bishop Guilfoyle is just over 50 miles from IUP and North Star, located outside Somerset, is approximately 60 miles away.

It's not a terribly unfair site, but it would make sense to have the school with two teams playing at a site to have the shortest drive. Just sayin'.

* The Fort Cherry girls, fresh off an impressive win against Farrell in the first round of the PIAA Class A playoffs, plays District 9 Coudersport (25-1) Wednesday at Clarion University. Tipoff is 6 p.m.

The Rangers (23-4) can establish a team record for single-season victories but it won't come easy against a Coudersport team that beat Aliquippa by 15 in the first round.

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