Here are some of the top games of the week.
Friday – Bethel Park (23-3) vs. Mt. Lebanon (22-3) at Baldwin, 6 p.m. (Class AAAA first round) – Another big matchup between Section 4 teams anyone? Bethel Park won its first WPIAL title with a 48-34 win against Chartiers Valley, while defending champion Mt. Lebanon lost to Chartiers Valley, 31-27, in the semifinals. This is the third meeting of the season between Bethel Park and Mt. Lebanon. Bethel Park defeated Mt. Lebanon, 60-54, on Jan. 3, but the Blue Devils returned the favor with a 49-35 win on Jan. 28. Mt. Lebanon advanced to the PIAA quarterfinals last season. Bethel Park is making its first PIAA appearance since 2011, when the Black Hawks lost to Mt. Lebanon in the second round.
Friday – Seton-LaSalle (23-2) vs. Kane (21-6) at North Allegheny, 6 p.m. (Class AA first round) – After suffering a stunning 56-47 loss to Bishop Canevin in the WPIAL championship game, what will Seton-LaSalle’s mindset be as it begins defense of its PIAA championship? Angela Heintz and Naje Gibson scored 16 points apiece for Seton-LaSalle in the loss to Bishop Canevin. The Rebels had won 66 games in a row against WPIAL competition prior to that game. Kane lost to Brookville, 63-51, in the District 9 championship game. Kane is in the PIAA playoffs for the fourth time in five years. Kane played in Class A the previous two seasons. The Wolves start four seniors, including forwards Nerissa Rich and Audrey Perry.