It's not at all uncommon for a WPIAL champion to falter in the first round of the playoffs – the Penn-Trafford girls can attest to that. After playing in front of a packed house at a college setting, playing at a high school a week later doesn't always get the juices flowing as quickly.
Lincoln Park, in fact, trailed in the first quarter before blowing Johnsonburg away and Central Valley had a similar start. After one quarter, Central Valley was tied with Mars 16-16 and led only 29-27 at intermission.
Central Valley eventually took control in the second half with its senior leadership – seniors Mike Sims and Matt Kline led the way with 17 points apiece.