by Malik Vincent
For New Pittsburgh Courier
The top four teams in the City League qualified for the PIAA State Playoffs, for either a first round or play-in game. None of them were able to get past their first opponents to advance, with only Westinghouse being competitive.
First round games:
In Class AAAA, Allderdice was defeated by Mt. Lebanon, 70-22, on March 11 at Brashear. The Dragons were led by Janay Bottom’s 8 points.
|NOWHERE TO GO—Westinghouse freshman point guard Kayla Key tries to find an opening against the Indiana defense. The Lady Bulldogs struggled against the Lady Indians and lost 47-31 in the first round of the PIAA playoffs.
“I feel we could have represented ourselves better to Mt. Lebanon,” said coach Dave Walchesky. “We really took one to the chin.” Mt. Lebanon was led by Madison Cable with 18 points.
Westinghouse fell to Indiana, 47-31, in AAA on March 12 behind Shanese Nelson’s team-best 9 points. “We just needed to be more mature,” Bulldogs coach Phyllis Jones said. “I think our kids hung in their well. To be able to get to the first round of state is an accomplishment.”
Indiana was led by Leslie Stapleton’s 16 points.
Play-in rounds: Brashear lost to Oakland Catholic, 71-15 on March 8. Eleven of Brashear’s 15 was scored by junior Nautica Buchannon. Mara Fitzgerald and Bobbi Baker each scored 12 to lead the Eagles of Oakland Catholic.
New Castle romped past Perry 63-9, also on March 8. Marritta Gilcrease led Perry with four points, while New Castle featured four players in double figures led by LaShauna Brothers with 21 points.
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