Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

'15 Wpial Basketball Playoffs Quarterfinal:s

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

'15 Wpial Basketball Playoffs Quarterfinal:s

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* Saturday's games -- Fox Chapel (15-8) vs. Hempfield (20-2) at Norwin, 2:30 p.m.; Bethel Park (16-7) vs. North Allegheny (21-2) at North Hills, 2:30 p.m.; North Hills (12-10) vs. Mt. Lebanon (18-6) at North Allegheny, 1 p.m.; Upper St. Clair (17-6) vs. Chartiers Valley (20-3) at Baldwin 2:30 p.m

* The scoop -- All four Section 4 playoff teams -- Bethel Park, Mt. Lebanon, Upper St. Clair and Chartiers Valley -- have made it to the quarterfinals. ... Fox Chapel is a No. 12 seed. Hempfield features senior guard Kason Harrell (26 ppg), but 6-7 center Tony Pilato could be a key. Hempfield hasn't been to the semifinals since 2003. ... North Allegheny is trying to make the semifinals for the fourth time in six years. Bethel Park's ability to withstand defensive pressure will be key. Bethel Park's 6-6 Jake Dixon has scored 20 or more points in three of past five games... North Hills is in the quarterfinals for only the fifth time in school history. Mt. Lebanon guard Jonny David averages 18.7, but 6-8 center Patrick Ehland has averaged 15.8 over the past eight games. ... Upper St. Clair coach Danny Holzer and Chartiers Valley coach Tim McConnell are good friends. The two teams split two games this season. A win will put Chartiers Valley into a semifinal game for the 10th time in 12 years. Chartiers Valley's Matt McConnell is the WPIAL's leading scorer (30.1 ppg).

* Predicted winners -- Hempfield, North Allegheny, Mt. Lebanon, Chartiers Valley.


* Today's games -- Mars (22-1) vs. Ambridge (15-7) at North Hills, 8 p.m.; Beaver Falls (20-2) vs. South Fayette (18-4) at North Allegheny, 8 p.m.; Hampton (19-4) vs. New Castle (19-4) at Geneva, 6:30 p.m.; Indiana (21-2) vs. Highlands (13-11) at Fox Chapel, 8 p.m.

* The scoop -- Three Section 1 teams and three Section 2 teams are in the quarterfinals. ... Mars beat Ambridge, 51-49, in the second game of the season. Mars, which doesn't have a senior starter, is impressive offensively, scoring 80 points or more in seven of the past 12 games. Ambridge's Daylon Carter scored 42 points in a first-round game, the fifth-most in a Class AAA playoff game. ... A key to the South Fayette-Beaver Falls game could be how South Fayette deals with the inside punch of Beaver Falls' two super sophomores -- 6-5 Josh Creach and 6-5 Donovan Jeter. ... It's New Castle-Hampton again. This is the 11th meeting between the two in the past four seasons. New Castle had won the first nine until Hampton defeated the Red Hurricanes' in December. A key will be what team shoots better behind the 3-point line. ... This is Indiana's first quarterfinal appearance since 1998. The Little Indians have never made the semifinals since joining the WPIAL in the 1980s. Highlands is a surprise quarterfinalist. The Golden Rams start three sophomores. …

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