How they got here: Wash High beat Jefferson-Morgan, 76-32, in the WPIAL Class AA preliminary round this past Saturday. Josh Wise had 19 points, nine rebounds and four steals; Jordan Drew finished with 13 points and 11 boards; Jaylin Kelly contributed 16 points and seven rebounds.
Burrell earned its first playoff win since 2006 with a 64-34 victory over Beth-Center in the preliminary round Saturday. Senior forward Cole Bush led the way with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Senior guard Alex White had 14 points, while Pete Spagnolo added 11 points, seven steals and four assists for Burrell, which forced 33 turnovers.
Goin' streaking: Wash High closed the regular season by winning five of six, the lone loss a 63-50 defeat to Section 4-AA champion Seton-La Salle. Burrell won six straight, which followed a four-game losing streak.
Common opponents: None
Coaches: Wash High is coached by Mark Gaither, Burrell by Rob Niederberger
PF/PA: Wash High 58.5-48.4 ... Burrell 55.3-46.3
To the victor: Whoever wins gets either No. 2 Greensburg Central Catholic or No. 15 Northgate, who meet at Canon-McMillan (8 p.m.).
Special section: All four teams in Section 4-AA are still alive. Seton-La Salle had a bye, while Bishop Canevin knocked off Charleroi, and Brentwood upset California, both on Saturday.
The other three teams in Section 1-AA, meanwhile, all lost: Deer Lakes to Shady Side Academy by three; West Shamokin fell to Riverside by five; and Apollo-Ridge suffered a two-point loss to Neshannock.
My thoughts: Haven't seen Burrell this year. Don't even know that much about them.
But having watched a bunch of Wash High hoops this year, if the Prexies can get secondary scoring from Kelly, Drew, Dupree Jenkins, et. all, they can be pretty darn good. Of course Wash High hasn't gotten that consistently.
Wash High has also been better when it has gotten off to a strong start. Against South Fayette, that translated into perhaps the most complete performance of the year. Peters Township, against several reserves for the Indians, the early-game fog never lifted. A strong started will be essential.
See you out there.