McGuffey won a PIAA playoff game for the first time in school history last Saturday.
A date with the WPIAL champs.
For the second time this postseason, McGuffey (19-6) will take on New Castle (24-2) in a Class 4A second-round game Thursday at Ambridge at 5 p.m. The winner will advance to play the winner of Middletown and Johnstown in Saturday's' quarterfinals.
McGuffey will need to play much better than it had in the first meeting if it is to give New Castle a game. The Red Hurricane stormed to a 73-40 win against McGuffey in the WPIAL quarterfinals. McGuffey played New Castle tight for a half, as the Highlanders trailed just 27-25 at the break. But New Castle went on one of its customary big runs in the third quarter, outscoring the Highlanders, 27-3, to take a commanding 26-point lead into the final quarter. Marcus Hooker scored 26 points and Geno Stone added 18 for New Castle, while Trent Belleville paced McGuffey with 19.