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WPIAL girls basketball clinchings, playoff picture through Feb. 7, 2019

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Blackhawk’s Alivia Thompson pulls down a rebound next to Central Valley’s Hannah Engelman during their game Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, at Central Valley Middle School.

Section play in WPIAL girls basketball is over for most teams and is down to one more game for a handful of others. The top four teams in each section qualify for the district playoffs. All teams tied for a playoff spot in which head-to-head does not break the tie all qualify for the postseason.

Trib HSSN’s exclusive coverage of the 2019 WPIAL girls basketball playoffs begins with the Basketball Playoff Pairings Show on Feb. 12.

The playoff fields for Class 6A, 2A and A are set.

In Section 1-5A, Moon is out even if it beats Montour on Friday because the Tigers lose the head-to-head tiebreaker with South Fayette. The winner of Latrobe at Penn-Trafford on Friday will qualify from Section 3-5A.

In Section 1-4A, if Apollo-Ridge loses to Freeport on Friday, Knoch will clinch a playoff spot because Greensburg Salem would win the three-way tiebreaker for third place and Apollo-Ridge and Knoch split in head-to-head so both would qualify. If Apollo-Ridge beats Freeport, Apollo-Ridge will finish third and Greensburg Salem would own the tiebreaker head-to-head with Knoch, so the Knights would be out.

In Section 1-3A, if Mohawk beats Beaver on Saturday, Ellwood City is eliminated. If Mohawk loses, then they are tied with Ellwood City for fourth place and because they split head to head, and both will qualify.

Here is the latest list of teams that have qualified for the girls basketball playoffs through Feb. 7.

Class 6A

(SET with 8 playoff teams, which means the postseason begins with the quarterfinal round)

North Allegheny

Norwin

Fox Chapel

Seneca Valley

Peters Township

Bethel Park

Mt. Lebanon

Upper St. Clair

Class 5A: 11 of 12 playoff teams have clinched

Chartiers Valley

Thomas Jefferson

Trinity

South Fayette

Gateway

Franklin Regional

Mars

Plum

Oakland Catholic

Penn Hills

Woodland Hills

Class 4A: 12 of a possible 13 playoff teams have clinched

North Catholic

Freeport

Apollo Ridge

Greensburg Salem

Blackhawk

Central Valley

Keystone Oaks

Quaker Valley

Elizabeth Forward

Southmoreland

Belle Vernon

McKeesport

Class 3A: 12 of a possible 13 playoff teams have clinched

Neshannock

Avonworth

Beaver

Mohawk

South Park

Washington

Seton LaSalle

Beth-Center

Shady Side Academy

Carlynton

Deer Lakes

East Allegheny

Class 2A

(SET with 14 playoff teams, which means there will be two first-round byes)

Laurel

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart

South Side Beaver

Aliquippa

Sto-Rox

Brentwood

Serra Catholic

Ellis School

Riverview

Winchester Thurston

Bishop Canevin

Frazier

Burgettstown

Chartiers-Houston

Class A

(SET with 12 playoff teams which means there will be four first-round byes)

Rochester

Quigley Catholic

Sewickley Academy

Vincentian Academy

West Greene

Avella

California

Mapletown

Greensburg Central Catholic

Clairton

Aquinas Academy

Leechburg

Don Rebel is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Don at [email protected] or via Twitter @TheDonRebel.