Girls Basketball: Burrell slips up in second round of PIAA playoffs

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With two Division I recruits it should have been a breeze for Burrell to roll through a couple of rounds of the PIAA Class AA playoffs and get both a showdown with WPIAL champion Seton-LaSalle and maybe a rematch with Bishop Canevin, the team that upset the Bucs in the WPIAL semifinals.
Only that didn't happen.

Instead Burrell finished its season at Richland High School with a disappointing, 59-53, loss to Bellwood-Antis, the District 6 runner-up, in the second round of the state tournament.

Though Burrell will have to regroup for next year, the team only loses one of its Division I players as Sydney Bordonaro will head off to Pepperdine, while Natalie Myers will play her senior year with the Bucs before she heads off Youngstown State.


Girls Basketball: Burrell season a sweet surprise

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Joe Koch profiles the Burrell girls basketball team.

"Fourth-year Burrell High girls basketball coach Meghan Ziemianski had no idea that her team would approach the success it enjoyed this season.

Despite a tough 59-53 loss to District 6 runner-up Bellwood Antis (26-2) in a PIAA Class AA second-round game, the Bucs closed their season with an impressive 22-5 record.

"We lost three big-time seniors last year," Ziemianski said. "I don't think we expected to do this well with such a young roster.

"Last year, our ninth-graders went undefeated, and our [varsity] team made it to the WPIAL championship game and the semifinals in the state [tournament]. The [younger players] had to get accustomed to it quickly. Now, it's their turn to contribute.""



Girls Basketball: Burrell looks to bounce back

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All season long it appeared Burrell was headed for a WPIAL championship showdown with Seton-LaSalle.

Instead of a meeting in the WPIAL finals at the Petersen Events Center for the two top-ranked Class AA teams for most of the season, the Rebels rolled over section foe Bishop Canevin for the crown while the Bucs, semifinal victim of the Crusaders, had to instead wait patiently at home to find out their opponent in the opening round of the PIAA playoffs.

As it turns out, Burrell (21-4) will take on District 9 champion Karns City (21-3) on Friday at 7 p.m. at Clarion University.

For the Bucs, 40 points would make all the difference. When they have scored 40 or more points this year, they are 19-0, but when they score under 40, they are just 2-4.



Girls Basketball: Burrell advances to semifinals to play unlikely foe

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Once the postseason brackets were announced it appeared Burrell and Greensburg Central Catholic were headed for a third meeting of the season in the WPIAL Class AA semifinals.

Instead of a rematch with the Centurions, however, the Bucs will take on somewhat of a surprise opponent in Bishop Canevin, which ousted Greensburg Central Catholic, 54-46, in the quarterfinals.

Though the Centurions couldn't keep up their end of the bargain, Burrell appears primed for its second consecutive appearance in the WPIAL championship game. The Bucs steamrolled Freedom by 41 in the first round, then beat up Chartiers-Houston by 28.

One thing that Burrell showed against Chartiers-Houston was that it was more than just a two-person team with Sydney Bordonaro and Natalie Myers as Eliza Oswalt led four players in double figures with 18.


Girls Basketball: Burrell taking it one game at a time

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All season long, Class AA figured to be a three-team race between defending champion Seton-LaSalle, 2014 finalist Burrell and Greensburg Central Catholic and that's exactly what the WPIAL seeding committee believed when it ranked them 1-2-3, respectively.

Of the three teams, Burrell (19-3) has the most pure talent and the highest expectations despite being only the No. 2 seed.

Not only do the Bucs have one Division I prospect in senior guard and Pepperdine recruit Sydney Bordonaro, they have a second in Youngstown State commit in junior forward Natalie Myers. They also have a strong supporting cast and the experience of playing in a collegiate venue, even though this year's finals will be at Pitt's Petersen Events Center and not Duquesne's A.J. Palumbo Center.

One thing Burrell will have to avoid in the early going is looking too far ahead to a potential semifinal rubber game with Greensburg Central Catholic, the only Class AA team to defeat the Bucs this season. Other than that, their path to the semifinals should be relatively easy, beginning Tuesday at North Hills when they take on Freedom (11-12), which won a play-in game to get to this point.