Whatever disappointment the North Allegheny High girls basketball team felt after a semifinal loss in the WPIAL Class AAAA playoffs has been forgotten as the Tigers made a strong statement in a PIAA Class AAAA first-round 64-39 victory over WPIAL champion Penn-Trafford.
The Tigers, who improved to 23-2, jumped out to a 25-17 halftime lead over the Warriors in a game played this past Friday at Baldwin High School.
Any doubt about the game's outcome evaporated when the Tigers outscored the Warriors 39-22 in the second half.
Devvin LaBarge, a 5-8 junior guard, scored 16 of her game-high 22 points in the second half. Eighteen of her points came on six 3-point field goals. Taylor Brennan and Abby Gonzales added 13 and 10 points, respectively. As a team, North Allegheny converted nine 3-point goals.