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Union girls roll to championship game; Neshannock, Mohawk boys teams fall in Class 3A semifinals

Feb. 27—The Union High girls basketball team will have a shot at a repeat.

The Lady Scots rolled to a 56-13 WPIAL Class 1A semifinal win over Riverview at North Allegheny.

Top-seeded Union (18-5) will meet the St. Joseph-Aquinas Academy winner at 11 a.m. Saturday at the University of Pittsburgh's Petersen Events Center.

Kelly Cleaver had 15 points to lead the Lady Scots, while Bella Cameron and Kylie Fruehstorfer posted 12 each. Nine of Cameron's 12 points came in the second quarter.

Union netted 20 points in the second quarter and didn't allow Riverview to score a single point to enter halftime with a 33-6 lead.

"It's a great feeling," Union coach Rob Nogay said on returning to defend the WPIAL 1A crown. "We came ready to play, obviously. We got after them defensively like we like to do. We were able to hit some key shots there, got out to a big lead and were able to finish it off."

The Neshannock boys dropped a heartbreaking 84-73 WPIAL Class 3A overtime decision to Deer Lakes at Fox Chapel.

Neshannock (20-4), seeded fourth, was bidding for its first WPIAL championship appearance since 1987.

Top-seeded Deer Lakes (20-4) moves on to the championship game to face Burrell at 5 p.m. Friday at the University of Pittsburgh's Petersen Events Center.

Deer Lakes scored the game's first eight points. However, despite the hot start, free throws would haunt the team throughout. Deer Lakes finished just 22 of 42 at the foul line.

Second-seeded Mohawk started slow and never recovered in dropping a 51-34 WPIAL Class 3A semifinal contest to No. 11 Burrell at North Allegheny. The Bucs (16-8) scored the game's first 12 points.

Instead of an all-Lawrence County WPIAL championship, it will be an all-county consolation clash. Neshannock will play Mohawk (17-8) on Wednesday in the third-place game. Both teams will compete in the PIAA playoffs.