The WPIAL basketball playoffs have reached the quarterfinals, and already we’ve seen our share of outstanding performances. And after Wednesday night, add Blackhawk guard Rachel Curtiss to that list. South Park kept sending her to the foul line and the junior never missed during Blackhawk’s double-overtime victory, 69-62, in a Class AAA first round game at Moon.
Curtiss was 10 for 10 from the free throw line – including 8 for 8 during the extra periods – and finished with 17 points.
Had South Park won, Shelby Lindsay would have been the hero. The freshman guard made a running 3-pointer to force a second overtime, but she and her teammates had to wait several tense minutes to learn whether her basket would be credited with two points or a three. There at first seemed to be uncertainty among the referees, who ultimately ruled Lindsay’s feet were behind the 3-point line, sending the game to a second overtime.
Alexa Heyward scored a game-high 27 points for Blackhawk (14-7), which next plays undefeated Hopewell (23-0), a section rival. In their two games this season, Blackhawk lost by two points at home and 34 points at Hopewell. The third meeting will be 3 p.m., Saturday, at Ambridge.
The WPIAL has posted sites and times for Friday and Saturday games:
Highlights from Wednesday night:
Jeannette 86, Aliquippa 75 — As the seconds ticked down in Jeannette’s upset victory over sixth-seeded Aliquippa in the opening round of the WPIAL Class AA playoffs, Jayhawks coach Adrian Batts looked across the floor at his team’s fans and signaled for them to pump up the volume.
Rochester 60, Quaker Valley 52 – Giovanni Ellis’ 17 points and Rochester’s pesky defense led the No. 7-seeded Rams to victory over Quaker Valley in WPIAL Class AA.
Greensburg Central Catholic 65, California 44 — The Centurions used their superior height in the paint to knock off California in Class AA.
Chartiers Valley 46, Mars 35 — Erica Restich scored 15 points to lead the Chartiers Valley to a win against Mars in WPIAL Class AAA.
– Chris Harlan