When the playoff atmosphere was as intense as it was at the Ambridge Fieldhouse on Tuesday night, it is in the best wishes of those watching (or listening) that the game would live up to, or exceed, the same level of intensity.
Mars lived up to it, and nearly exceeded it. But Beaver Falls exceeded it, and they earned the reward of doing so with a trip to Friday night’s WPIAL AAA Championship at the Petersen Events Center.
The Tigers hung on late to win 59-58 over the Fighting Planets on Beaver County Radio.
Josh Creach led Beaver Falls (and all scorers) with 25 points, while three players led Mars with 12 points, including John Castello, who shares honors with Creach as CCBC Players of The Game.
Beaver Falls plays Highlands in the AAA Championship on Friday night, with tipoff set for 9:00pm. That game will be heard on 1230 WBVP and 1460 WMBA.
Bob Barrickman and Tom Hays had tonight’s call, and they have this full scoring recap for beavercountyradio.com.
Despite the early foul trouble (3 in the first half), Gabrielle Smith came off the bench to score 27 and lead the Quigley Catholic Lady Spartans to a WPIAL Quarterfinal victory over the Winchester-Thurston Lady Bears on WMBA Saturday afternoon.
Smith’s presence in the second half shares top billing with teammate Taylor Kirschner, who led the Lady Spartans with 17. She is joined as CCBC Players of the Game with Winchester-Thurston’s Ayanna Townsend, who led the Lady Bears with 27 (tying Smith for leading all scorers).
Quigley afdvances to the Class A Girls’ Semifinals against Vincentian on Wednesday. Winchester-Thurston faces Rochester in a PIAA Playoffs play-in game; site and time to be announced later.
The Rochester Lady Rams ran into the Vincentian Lady Royals on Saturday; the same Vincentian squad that has won four straight WPIAL Championships. The Lady Rams, who had not made the playoffs last year, got quite a rude awakening.
Vincentian held Rochester to 9 points over the first three quarters, en route to a 60-24 victory in the Class A Quarterfinals of the WPIAL Girls’ Playoffs.
The Lady Royals were led by Lexi Greggs with 12 ponts, while the Lady Rams were led by Payton Tomasko with 9. Both scoring leaders were named CCBC Players of The Game.
Vincentian plays Quigley Catholic in the semifinals on Wednesday night. Rochester will play a play-in game for the PIAA Playoffs, site and time to be announced later.
Despite holding a ten-point lead early in the fourth quarter, Lincoln Park lost their lead late in the game, only to retrieve it and hold on for a 63-61 victory over the Neshannock Lancers on WBVP Saturday Afternoon.
Nelly Cummings was named the CCBC Player of the Game for Lincoln Park, while Jared Swope notched the honors for Neshannock.
Lincoln Park plays Bishop Canevin in the WPIAL Semifinals on Wednesday. Neshannock will play a play-in game for the PIAA Playoffs against Quaker Valley.
The chance to repeat as WPIAL Champions for the third year in a row ended for the Blackhawk Lady Cougars Saturday afternoon on WBVP.
The Hampton Lady Talbots defeated Blackhawk by a score of 52-40. Jenna Lasko led Hampton with 17, while Blackhawk’s Mariah Evans led all scorers with 20. Both ladies were chosen as the CCBC Players of The Game.
Blackhawk will play Chartiers Valley for a PIAA Playoff play-in game Monday. Hampton advances to play South Fayette in the Class AAA WPIAL Girls’ Semifinal on Wednesday.