Both South Park and Elizabeth Forward earned convincing victories in the first round of the PIAA Class AAA girls basketball tournament.
South Park, the WPIAL Class AAA runner-up, earned a 65-48 victory over section rival Trinity, the No. 6 team from the WPIAL, at Moon High School this past Saturday. The victory improved the Eagles' overall record to 22-5. They meet District 10 champion Hickory at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Slippery Rock University. The Hornets are 26-0 following a 63-37 first-round victory over Johnstown.
Section 4-AAA champion Elizabeth Forward improved to 21-4 overall with a 52-30 victory over District 9 champion Bradford Area. The Warriors meet Section 3-AAA co-champion Mount Pleasant in a second-round game at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Fox Chapel. The Vikings improved to 16-9 overall with a 58-51 victory over District 6 champion Huntingdon at Hollidaysburg. The winner of this game faces a long trip in the quarterfinals as it meet the winner of the second-round game between Palmyra, a District 3 (Harrisburg area) team and Merion Mercy Academy, which plays in District 1 (Philadelphia suburbs).