The TribLive High School Sports Network will be counting down the Top 10 boys and girls WPIAL basketball championship games leading up to the 2018 title games March 1-3 at the Petersen Events Center.
TRIBHSSN is the exclusive audio and video home for all 12 WPIAL championship games, which will be broadcasted and video streamed live at TribHSSN.triblive.com.
Here is the first installment of a 10-part series ranking the top WPIAL girls basketball championship games in district history.
2012 — WPIAL Class A finals: Vincentian Academy 54, North Catholic 50
Between 2007 and 2016, these two parochial schools would meet five times in the WPIAL Class A girls basketball title game. The two had split their first two championship meetings with North Catholic rolling to a 26-point win in 2007 and Vincentian Academy turning the tables with a 26-point victory in the 2010 finals.
In 2012, the Trojans and Royals split their two Section 1-A games and finished as co-champs with 11-1 section marks. Vincentian was 24-1 overall while North Catholic was 20-5, but it was the Trojans as defending champs who were the No. 1 seed while Vincentian Academy was No. 2.
It looked like a repeat as North Catholic was up by 10 points early in the fourth quarter and led 50-43 with three minutes left before Vincentian Academy dominated the rest of the way and scored the game’s final 11 points.
Laura Primyon hit a game-tying 3-pointer for the Royals, and sisters Abbey and Ally Bartoszewicz each connected on a free throw, along with a pair of shots from the charity stripe by Noreen Fischer, to lead the improbable comeback. Lauren Wolosik had a game-high 20 points for the Trojanettes, who would avenge this title game loss with a 71-58 win over the Royals in the PIAA semifinals.
Sparked by super freshman Brenna Wise, Vincentian Academy went on to win four more WPIAL championships by an average title-game margin of victory of 21.5 points.
Don Rebel is a TribLive High School Sports Network broadcaster and staff writer. Reach him at [email protected].