Morris leads Vincent into PIAA semifinals

The legend of Strong Vincent senior guard David Morris just keeps growing.

Morris scored 28 points, 22 of which came in the second half to lead the Colonels to a rout of New Castle, 68-43 in the PIAA Class 4A quarterfinals Saturday.

Vincent (26-3) was dominant from start to finish, outscoring New Castle in every quarter, including a decisive 21-1 run in the third, earning a date with Quaker Valley in the semifinals Tuesday at Slippery Rock University.

Aje Gore added 17 points for Strong Vincent.

Junior Marcus Hooker, whose brother is a projected first round pick in next month’s NFL draft, was the only New Castle (25-3) player in double figures, scoring 20 points. The younger Hooker already has a handful of Division I football offers himself.

New Castle beat Quaker Valley in the WPIAL championship game, 73-58. The Quakers beat Middletown 77-66 in the quarterfinals.

Imhotep will meet Greater Nanticoke in the other semifinal.

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MEADVILLE 53, MARS 46

Behind 21 points from Simmeal Wofford, Meadville advanced to the PIAA Class 5A semifinals with a 53-46 win over Mars on Saturday.

The win gives the Bulldogs (25-1) their first appearance in the state semifinals since 1987.

Star guard Armoni Foster scored 13 points despite battling early foul trouble as the Bulldogs outscored the Planets 14-6 in the fourth quarter.

Four-star recruit Robby Carmondy led Mars with 25 points, but was held to just two in the fourth.

With the win, Meadville advances to play Northeastern, which outlasted Archbishop Carroll 86-84 in a double-overtime thriller in the quarterfinals.

That game is set for tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Altoona High School.

Archbishop Wood will meet Abington Heights in the other semifinal.

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KENNEDY CATHOLIC 61,

ELK COUNTY CATHOLIC 40

Kennedy Catholic rallied from an early deficit to take control and beat previously unbeaten Elk County Catholic 61-40 in the PIAA Class 1A quarterfinals Saturday at Clarion University.

As has been the case throughout the season, KC had a balanced scoring effort, as Marcin Wiszomirsk, Drew Magestro and Maceo Austin scored 14 points each ,while Mo Konate added 13.

The Crusaders, who went undefeated for the second-straight regular season, got 15 points from senior standout Nate DaCanal, while Gabe Kraus added 12.

The Golden Eagles’ bid for their second consecutive state championship continues tonight at Slippery Rock University against Monessen, which routed Saltsburg 74-34.

Faith Christian will meet Girard College in the other semifinal.

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