Wednesday March 10, 2021 | 11:01 p.m.
Three thrilling nights of playoff basketball semifinals come to a detailed on Thursday evening. The championship basketball court docket is finalized with eight extra WPIAL’s final 4 video games.
The ultimate third spherical hoops evening on Trib HSSN options Boys 4A, Boys 3A, Women 5A and Women A semi-finals.
• Belle Vernon returns to the WPIAL Class 4A males’s basketball semifinals for a second consecutive yr.
Final season, the Leopards beat New Fortress, 56-46, to advance to the district last.
So the place had been the opposite three semi-finalists a yr in the past?
Belle Vernon’s opponent on Thursday, North Catholic, together with Lincoln Park, contested and gained a Class 3A semifinals.
Catholic North defeated South Allegheny by 11 factors whereas Lincoln Park defeated Aliquippa by 14.
Montour is having fun with a superb turnaround season after ending 2020 with a 10-12 file and lacking the playoffs in Class 5A.
• As talked about above, Aliquippa and South Allegheny reached the final 4 a yr in the past, each claiming a victory earlier than the title match.
One in all them will breathe a sigh of aid Thursday evening whereas the opposite will relive the nightmare when the Quips go to the Gladiators in a 3A semi-final match.
Aliquippa and South Allegheny have been champions of their respective sections this season.
Aliquippa gained Part 2-3A, ending one sport forward of Avonworth, whereas South Allegheny and Shady Aspect Academy had been tied within the loss column atop Part 3-3A.
The 4 playoff video games of the boys’ class 4A and 3A semifinals on Thursday may be seen solely right here on Trib HSSN.
Women third spherical
• First it was the two-time defending champion Chartiers Valley and the streak as a group to beat in WPIAL Class 5A ladies’s basketball.
Since defeating CV, Trinity and her group of streak breakers have gained the higher hand and are the seed of the event.
The one factor standing in the way in which of a 5A rematch final yr is a pair of part 4-5A groups.
On Thursday, Latrobe visits the Valley of Chartiers whereas Woodland Hills travels to Trinity.
The Wildcats and Wolverines are a 27-8 mixed this season after ending within the high two locations within the part.
Each will hit the highway like underdogs though Latrobe have gained 11 of their final 12 video games and Woodland Hills have gained eight of 11.
• More often than not when Rochester, the two-time defending Class A champion, hits the sphere, it is a David-type match in opposition to Goliath.
The Rams are 13-3 this yr with two of WPIAL’s high scorers at seniors Corynne Hauser (19 factors per sport) and junior Alexis Robison (18 factors per sport), and their three losses got here in opposition to good groups in greater rankings (Seneca Valley, Bethel Park, Mohawk).
The tiny faculty of the Academy of Aquinas suits David’s profile. Nevertheless, the Crusaders are having an amazing season with a 14-5 file and a Part 3 crown of their pocket.
These two met final yr within the WPIAL quarterfinals with Rochester profitable large, 64-24.
All 4 matches of the Class 5A and A semifinals may be seen Thursday on Trib HSSN.