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Saturday recap: All eight top seeds reach WPIAL semifinals

The Final Four fields have been set for the WPIAL basketball playoffs, and all eight top seeds have reached the semifinals. Here are the matchups for Tuesday and Wednesday. Half of the sites and times have been released.

Boys AAAA (Sites and times TBA) Upper St. Clair vs. Mt. Lebanon, Wednesday; Gateway vs. North Allegheny, Wednesday.

Boys AAA West Mifflin vs. Hampton at Gateway, Tuesday, 8 p.m.; West Allegheny vs. Chartiers Valley at North Allegheny, Tuesday, 8 p.m.

Boys AA (Sites and times TBA) Shady Side Academy vs. Rochester, Wednesday; South Fayette vs. North Catholic, Wednesday.

Boys A Serra Catholic vs. Lincoln Park at North Hills, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.; Cornell vs. Sewickley Academy at North Hills, Tuesday, 8 p.m.

Girls AAAA Baldwin vs. Bethel Park at Chartiers Valley, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.; Peters Township vs. Mt. Lebanon at Chartiers Valley, Tuesday, 8 p.m.

Girls AAA (Sites and times TBA) Chartiers Valley vs. Hopewell, Wednesday; Indiana vs. New Castle, Wednesday.

Girls AA Beaver Area vs. Jeannette at Gateway, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.; Seton-La Salle vs. Avonworth at North Allegheny, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.

Girls A (Sites and times TBA) Vincentian Academy vs. Quigley, Tuesday; Monessen vs.  North Catholic, Tuesday.

SATURDAY HIGHLIGHTS

Mt. Lebanon 56, McKeesport 44 — “They were playing a little dirty at times,” said Mt. Lebanon guard Evan Pierce, who scored a game-high 18 points in Mt. Lebanon’s quarterfinal victory Saturday in the WPIAL Class AAAA playoffs. Pierce was on the receiving end of an intentional foul that sent him crashing to the floor behind the basket.

Gateway 55, Kiski Area 43 — Struggling with a size disadvantage and a lack of an inside game, Kiski Area spent much of Saturday’s WPIAL Class AAAA quarterfinal playoff game looking up at the taller Gators.

Uppert St. Clair 61, Latrobe 41 — Steve Limberiou nailed a trio of 3-pointers during a 19-1 run in the first half, and Upper St. Clair pulled away from Latrobe in Class AAAA.

Shady Side Academy 53, Jeannette 45 — Shady Side’s Michael Young scored all of his 11 points in the second half, helping to lead the Indians to a win over Jeannette in Class AA.

Rochester 44, GCC 42 — A layup by Rochester’s Trey Johnson just before time expired gave his team a playoff win over Greensburg Central Catholic in Class AA.

Roundup of other Saturday games.

– Chris Harlan (charlan@tribweb.com)

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