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Bishop Canevin girls basketball teams meet talented, familiar foe

Written by Joe Koch on .

Bishop Canevin High girls basketball coach Tim Joyce knows all about the reputation of the Crusaders' second-round opponent in the PIAA Class AA girls basketball tournament.

Villa Maria Academy has that reputation.

The Victors were on their way to a third consecutive state championship a year ago when they knocked off the Crusdars, 46-37, in a quarterfinal game at Sharon High School. This year, the teams will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Allegheny College's David Wise Center in Meadville.

Canevin advanced with a 51-35 victory over Blairsville last Friday night. Villa Maria rolled past Avonworth, 55-28.

Both teams have had solid seasons. Canevin is 22-5, while Villa Maria is 22-4.

"They're basically the same team we played last year," Joyce said. "They have an all-around team with good size and good guards. They hit six 3-point field goals against Avonworth."

Villa Maria outscored Avonworth 23-2 in the first quarter to put the game out of reach. Karlee McBride led a balanced attack with 16 points, Lisa Mifsud, who had two 3-point goals added 10 points.

Erin Waskowiak led the Crusaders with 29 points against Blairsville. The Crusaders held Blairsville to single-digit scoring in the first three quarters.

"We hope to be able to do that often," he said. "We've played in a half-court game most of the time, and the kids have responded well to it. Erin, in particular, has thrived on the half-court offense."

The winner of this game meets the winner of another second-round game between District 6 champion Forest Hills and Keystone Oaks, the No. 3 team from the WPIAL, on Friday night.