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Boys Basketball: Poor third quarter stops Seton-LaSalle from repeating as WPIAL champs

Written by Brad Everett on .

For one half last Saturday, it looked like Seton-LaSalle was in the driver's seat to successfully defend its WPIAL Class AA title.

Then the third quarter came.

After taking a six-point halftime lead, Seton-LaSalle slipped up in the third quarter – the Rebels were outscored, 22-12 – and went on to lose to Aliquippa, 68-57, at Petersen Events Center. It was Aliquippa's 11th WPIAL title and first since 1997.

The Rebels were most severely hurt in the pivotal quarter by the play of Aliquippa's Stephon McGinnis and Kaezon Pugh. Aliquippa trailed, 34-28, when McGinnis knocked down consecutive 3-pointers to pull the Quips even with 3:59 left. Pugh, who was a force down low, then scored four straight points to complete a 10-0 run and give the Quips a lead they would never relinquish.

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Girls Basketball: Seton-LaSalle sets sights on PIAA tournament

Written by Joe Koch on .

Seton-LaSalle High girls basketball coach Spencer Stefko didn't waste much time getting his WPIAL Class AA girls basketball championship team focused on its PIAA first-round game with Westmont Hilltop, the No. 3 team from District 6. Game time is 6 p.m. Friday at Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School.

Shortly after his team's 51-35 victory over Section 3-AA rival Bishop Canevin High School this past Friday at Pitt's Petersen Events Center, Stefko said his team would turn its attention toward its next opponent in rapid fashion.

"Sometimes you talk to other coaches and sometimes you think we might overdo this district thing," he said of the WPIAL tournament. "Maybe we shoot ourselves in the foot a little bit in the state tournament. Certainly, it is an accomplishment to win a district title. But it bears repeating that (11) Class AA teams are going to have this high (after winning district titles). That's nice. You can enjoy that until midnight because there's a team coming on Friday that wants to do you harm. We got to make sure we're ready for that."

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Girls Basketball: South Feature Athlete - Seton-LaSalle's Morgan Henderson

Written by Joe Koch on .

Name: Morgan Henderson
School: Seton-LaSalle
Grade: 12
Sport: Girls Basketball
Position: Forward

Background: Morgan is a starter and a captain for the Rebels who averages 11 points, 10 rebounds and 3.4 steals per game. She competed for the Seton-LaSalle girls volleyball team where she earned all-section first-team honors and third-team all-WPIAL honors. She is a member of the Big Sister-Little Sister Club, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and is an Honor Student. She has signed a letter-of-intent to play basketball at Slippery Rock University where she will study Secondary Education.

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Girls Basketball: Seton-LaSalle surges into second half

Written by Joe Koch on .

Fresh off a 61-48 victory over archrival Bishop Canevin this past Monday, the Seton-LaSalle High girls basketball team surges into the home stretch with five games remaining against section rivals before finishing the regular season with a tournament game and a non-section game against a perennially tough Class AAAA team.

The Rebels have a 7-0 record in Section 3-AA and an overall record of 10-5. They began the second half of section play with a 48-14 victory this past Thursday over visiting Wilkinsburg. Road games with Burgettstown and Brentwood loom along with home contests against Steel Valley, Chartiers-Houston and the section finale against Bishop Canevin.

Seton-LaSalle then winds up the season with a Breast Cancer Classic game against Penn Hills at Shady Side Academy on Feb. 7 and the regular-season finale at North Allegheny on Feb. 9. North Allegheny is one of the top teams in Class AAAA with an overall record of 12-2 and a Section 3-AAAA mark of 5-1.

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Girls Basketball: Seton-LaSalle takes lead in section standings

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Nicholas Tolomeo profiles the Seton-LaSalle girls basketball team.

2015 0115 SetonLaSalle GBasketball(Photo: Seton-LaSalle's Cassidy Walsh grabs a rebound against Bishop Canevin's Gina Vallecorsa in the WPIAL Class AA championship game last March. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

"A year ago the Seton-LaSalle girls basketball team lost four games all season. This year the Rebels lost four games in December.

With a team full of potential trying to replace two Division I players, losses in December are not the worst thing that can happen.

"Nobody likes to lose, but our losses have taught us stuff," Rebels coach Spencer Stefko said. "We have lost about every way you can imagine and each has taken us a little further as a team."

Seton-LaSalle (9-5, 6-0) dropped its opening two games, to defending WPIAL and PIAA Class A champion Vincentian Academy and to Class AAAA contender Pine-Richland. It also dropped a pair of games at the Pa-Ohio Roundball Classic against two teams from Ohio and suffered its fifth loss on Jan. 2 at Villa Maria Academy in Erie. The Rebels defeated section rival Bishop Canevin, 61-48, Monday night to take charge of the section title race."