Thursday, February 21, 2013

Playoff capsules

No. 6 McGuffey (20-2) vs. No. 3 Burrell (21-2)
Winner plays No. 2 Bishop Canevin (19-4),No. 7 Mohawk (17-6), Tuesday, site and time to be determined.

About Burrell: Bucs finished 10-0 to win Section 1-AA, their first title since 2009. ... Burrell's two losses are to Shaler by 11 at the Hampton Christian Tournament and Keystone Oaks by three in a non-section game on the road. ... Burrell thumped Carlynton, 47-23, at Gateway in the first round, getting 13 steals and forcing 28 turnovers. Sydney Bordonaro had 16 points, and Natalie Myers added 13 points and nine rebounds. ... Bucs are giving up a WPIAL-best 27 points per game, while 11 opponents have been held to 25 or less. ... In all 21 of Burrell's victories, the Bucs have kept their opponent to 35 or fewer points. ... Burrell hasn't been to the quarterfinals since 1995, when it lost to Aliquippa. Bucs haven't won a second-round game since a 49-40 win over Apollo-Ridge in 1994.

About McGuffey: McGuffey won Section 5-AA with a 12-0 record, its first section title since 1990. ... McGuffey's two losses were to Belle Vernon by four in an early, non-section game and Chartiers-Houston by three in a late, non-section game, the night before the pairings meeting. ... McGuffey beat Riverside, 53-38, in the WPIAL Class AA first round on Monday at Keystone Oaks, the same site for this one. Sammie Weiss had 23 points, and Sam Chadwick held Riverside's Alex Deep to 12 points. Weiss, though she's only a sophomore, went over 1,000 career points. ... 
McGuffey averages 67.1 points per game, second in Class AA only to Seton-La Salle's 71.4.


No. 7 Monessen (10-13) vs. No. 2 Vincentian (22-1), Keystone Oaks, 8 p.m.
Winner plays No. 3 North Catholic (15-5)/No. 6 OLSH (19-4), Tuesday, site and time to be determined.

Vincentian's only loss was to Bishop Carroll, 83-81, on Jan. 12. ... Monessen has made the playoffs for a WPIAL-record 32 consecutive seasons. ... Vincentian is averaging a WPIAL-best 83.8 points per game. ... Royals advanced with a 106-73 win over Western Beaver in the first round, the 17th time in 23 games they've scored 80 or more points. ... Monessen is led by Clintell Gillaspie, who's averaging 16.5 points per game. ... Greyhounds advanced with a 60-52 victory over Sewickley Academy, though they let a 14-point, fourth quarter lead slip to five with three minutes to go. Gillespie had 14 of his game-high 25 in the final period. ... Vincentian is led by Ryan Wolf (21.0 ppg) and Tony DiNardo (18.0).

No. 8 South Fayette (14-9) vs. No. 1 Chartiers Valley (20-3), Canon-Mac, 8 p.m.
Winner plays No. 4 Beaver (18-3)/No. 12 Kittanning (20-4), Tuesday, site and time to be determined

Teams have met twice this season as members of Section 5-AAA, with Chartiers Valley winning both: 50-46 at CV on Jan. 15 and 60-43 at SF on Feb. 8. ... South Fayette is lead by Evan Bonnaure, who's averaging 16.5 points, 2.9 assists and 2.7 steals per game. C.J. Rudisill is averaging 12.7 ppg. ... South Fayette advanced with a 40-34 win over West Mifflin in the first round, despite making just 12 of 52 field goals, four of 23 from three-point range. Lions held West Mifflin's Ryan Maha to 10 points, six in the final :59. ... Chartiers Valley cruised to a 77-43 win over Knoch, closing the third with a 20-2 run. Mike Boulos had 23, Matty McConnell 20. For the season, those two are averaging 18.6 and 16.7 points per game, respectively. ... Chartiers Valley is in the playoffs for the 20th consecutive season. ... Colts own five WPIAL titles, three since 2001.

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