Westmoreland PIAA basketball playoff preview capsules
Greensburg Central Catholic (19-6) vs. Camp Hill (22-5)
6:30 p.m. Thursday at Hollidaysburg High School
Coaches: Joe Eisaman, GCC; Ralph McGinnis, Camp Hill
Winner gets: Old Forge (10-15)/Mahanoy Area (21-7) winner
Layups: Greensburg Central Catholic is in the upper part of the bracket, so it will face more teams from the central and eastern part of the state. … Camp Hill is about 170 miles from Greensburg and is the District 3 champion. … Sophomore Passion Bragg made two free throws with four-tenths of a second left to lift the Lions to a 54-53 win over Blairsville in the first round. Diamond Bragg scored 24 points, and Passion added 13 as the Lions rallied from 11 points down in the second half. … GCC opened the state bracket with a 43-24 win over District 5 champion McConnellsburg as Haley Moore scored 17 points and Maddy Coddington chipped in 10. The Centurions forced 24 turnovers. … GCC has reached the second round five consecutive years. It lost last year to Bishop McCort, 49-36.
Franklin Regional (14-11) vs. Meadville (23-1)
7:30 p.m. Thursday at Farrell High School
Coaches: Brad Midgley, Franklin Regional; Mark McElhinny, Meadville
Winner gets: Mars (16-9)/Cathedral Prep (14-12) winner
Layups: Franklin Regional pulled a stunner in the first round with a 52-51 upset of WPIAL champion Moon. It was the Panthers’ first state playoff win since 1997. Behr scored 18 points, and Hunter Stonecheck added 14. … The Panthers, who have battled injuries all season but are finally healthy, and Behr, held their own against Moon 6-foot-8 standout Jarrod Simmons, holding the Penn recruit to 17 points. … Franklin Regional played for the Class 4A state title in ’97 but lost to Plymouth-Whitemarsh. … Meadville, District 10 champions for the first time since 1989, shook off a slow start to top Chartiers Valley, 55-45, in the first round. Senior 6-2 guard Armoni Foster scored 13 of the team’s 17 points in the third quarter. Foster averages 27 points and is the Bulldogs’ all-time leading scorer.
Greensburg Central Catholic (24-1) vs. Coudersport (25-0)
6 p.m. Thursday at CLEARFIELD HIGH SCHOOL
Coaches: Greg Bisignani, Greensburg CC; Brian Furman, Coudersport
Winner gets: Sewickley Academy (22-4)/Bishop Guilfoyle (18-7) winner
Layups: Greensburg Central Catholic picked up its seventh consecutive first-round win in the state tournament, 66-53 over West Middlesex on Saturday. GCC outscored West Middlesex, 17-4, in the third quarter to build a cushion. Senior Ben Hertzog scored 24 points, and senior Neal McDermott had 14 and sophomore point guard Asa Klimchock chipped in 10. … Also in the opening-round win, reserve senior guard Alvin Ross ecplisped the 1,000-point mark for his career. He scored most of the points in two years playing at Frazier. … District 9 champ Coudersport kept its spotless record intact with an 80-45 win over United in the first round Saturday. Sophomore guard Owen Chambers scored 35 in the first-round win, junior forward Jared Green had 21 and senior guard Zach Layag had 10. Chambers and Green average 16 a game. … Green was the North Tier League Player of the Year. … The Falcons have no player over 6-1. … All five starters for the Falcons play three sports.