Some West girls' basketball teams ready for playoffs, others face finales tonight

Written by Joe Koch on .

The WPIAL has offered teams that qualify for the postseason tournament a final chance to work on their respective games before the three-week WPIAL tournament begins later this week in four classifications.

For others, though, tonight's games give teams an opportunity to suit up one more time before putting the uniforms away for good.

Many teams from Sports Town's West region will be playing tonight. Some of these games, like the matchup between Class AAA qualifiers Central Valley and Quaker Valley, feature teams that could meet sometime during the playoffs. Central Valley emerged as the No. 3 team from always-rugged Section 2-AAA, while Quaker Valley placed second in Section 5-AAA.

Two other teams with high playoff aspirations also meet tonight when Blackhawk puts its spotless 21-0 record on the line against host Penn-Trafford, which placed second in Section 1-AAAA, and has compiled an overall record of 18-3. This should be an exciting game. Penn-Trafford is averaging 63.7 points a game and giving up 36.7 a contest. Blackhawk also has played well, averaging 70.3 points a game while yielding 39.3 points a game.

Elsewhere, Secton 2-AA champion McGuffey could get a test from Chartiers-Houston, the fourth-place finisher in Section 4-AA. Don't let that fourth-place finish fool you. Chartiers-Houston battled with 2012 WPIAL finalists Seton-LaSalle and Bishop Canevin in the regualr season. After winning the WPIAL title last year, Seton-LaSalle completed an unbeaten season with the PIAA Class AA state championship.

Another game involving playoff hopefuls features Riverside hosting Union.

Riverside placed third in Section 2-AA with a 9-3 record, while Union finished in a three-way tie for second place with Cornell and Rochester. Each team finished with an 8-4 record.