Monday, February 18, 2013

Trivia answer, pregame notes

In Tuesday's print edition, you'll see my story on the West Greene girls basketball team being one of three area basketball teams to win playoff games in back-to-back seasons.

I never mentioned the other two, hoping you'd stop here to see the answer: the South Fayette girls and Monessen boys, with the Monessen girls having the chance to become the fourth Wednesday night.

Tonight I will be at Keystone Oaks -- right down the road from an apartment that Mrs. Varsity Letters and I once shared -- to watch No. 6 McGuffey take on No. 11 Riverside, then No. 16 Mapletown vs. No. 1 Lincoln Park.

Couple things about Riverside:

>>Finished 15-8 overall, 9-3 in Section 2-AA, good enough for third place behind Beaver Falls (10-2) and Mohawk (11-1)

>>Beat Springdale, 54-35, in the preliminary round to get here. Alex Deep had 29 points and a season-high 12 boards

>>Nicole Mansfield is Riverside's second-leading scorer at ~14 points per game

McGuffey, meanwhile, closed the regular season with a 54-51 loss to Chartiers-Houston, one that I later found out didn't affect the Section 5-AA-champion Highlanders' seeding all that much.

No common opponents here, so we're flying somewhat blind, though both have decent defenses, McGuffey at 36.4 points allowed per game, Riverside at 38.6.

McGuffey sophomore Sammie Weiss, as you may have heard, can score a little bit; she averaged an area-best 27.8 points per game.

Winner of this one gets either No. 3 Burrell or No. 14 Carlynton, which upset Charleroi Saturday. McGuffey will be trying to win its first playoff game since beating Kittanning, 39-37, in the 2008-09 preliminary round at Cornell.

See y'all out there.

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