Blackhawk coach Steve Lodovico believed several things had to be in play if the Cougars hoped to win their first-ever WPIAL Class 4A championship against Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic.
For one thing, the Cougars would have to be their usual proficient selves from 3-point range. For another, his team would have to limit the Trojanettes' inside dominance.
Neither happened, and the Cougars ended up on the short end of a 65-36 demolition in Friday's 4A championship game at the Petersen Events Center.
Lodovico's 16-9 Cougars are regrouping for a first-round PIAA Class 4A game at 6 p.m. Friday at Fox Chapel High against Freeport, the No. 6 qualifier from the WPIAL. The Yellowjackets are 14-10 overall, and they finished second in Class 4A, Section 1 with an 8-4 record, four games behind North Catholic.