Look at the Wash High girls basketball team's roster, and there's one number that's conspicuously absent: 12.
As in seniors. The Prexies don't have any.
I wrote in my game story after tonight's 36-32 win about how Wash High will tend to go in and out of games -- bad, good, bad, good, you just never know. Comes with a young roster, I suppose. One that includes four freshmen, six sophomores and five juniors.
Friday that worked out to a horrid second quarter, a great third quarter and a fourth that featured a little bit of both.
"Playing a lot of young girls like I am, I think that's part of the problem," Washington head coach Mike Maltony said. "They still have a lot of jitters. There are a couple of freshmen who get a lot of time, a couple sophomores who get a lot of time. I probably put undue pressure on my juniors."
Friday's performance was so nerve-racking, so uneven, that Maltony was hoarse after the game.
OK, maybe he had just been sick for the past three days, but still. Couldn't have helped.
"This is probably the worst it's been," said Maltony, whose team improved to 13-10 and will play top-seeded Seton-La Salle in the first round next Tuesday. "I wasn't sure whether I was going to be able to communicate with the girls."
Here's how our other teams did tonight:
Class A boys
Monessen 60, Sewickley Academy 52: Clintell Gillaspie had 25 points and 10 rebounds for the Greyhounds (10-13), who led 27-16 at halftime and 41-27 after three quarters. Justice Rawlins tossed in 18 points and Tyler Yuille had four points and 10 rebounds. Javon Brown added five assists.
Mapletown 42, Leechburg 29: Kevin Ridgley scored 22 points to lead the Maples (7-16) to their first playoff win in 41 years, since 1972.
Class AA girls
Beaver 45, Chartiers-Houston 43: Bucs got bumped around by Beaver. Came down to the end, but a technical foul gave Beaver a three-point lead that proved to be enough.