Many times, the non-section game right before the start of the WPIAL girls basketball playoffs is little more than a tune-up for those teams advancing to the "second season." But the game between North Allegheny and Peters Township at 7:30 p.m. today on the Indians' floor could well be a playoff preview for both teams.
North Allegheny comes into the game with an overall record of 18-3 and a perfect 12-0 record in Section 3-AAAA. The Tigers finished section play with a 54-40 victory at North Hills this past Thursday.
Peters Township's road to the playoffs was considerably more challenging. The Indians and Canon-McMillan emerged as the co-champions in Section 4-AAAA with matching records of 11-3. Since a 60-50 home-court loss to Mt. Lebanon on Jan. 21, Peters Township has won four games in a row. The Indians forged a tie for the section title with a convincing 70-43 victory over Canon-McMillan on Jan. 30, and concluded section play with a 51-37 triumph at Upper St. Clair this past Monday. Entering tonight's game, Peters Township also is 18-3 overall.
The victory over Canon-McMillan avenged a 59-53 loss to the Big Macs on Jan. 11.