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By: Don Insurgent

Wednesday, January 11, 2023 | 6:04 PM

Christopher Horner | Tribune-Evaluation

South Fayette’s Maddie Webber scores over McKeesport’s Kaylee Charles throughout a WPIAL Class 5A semifinal final season.

What makes an incredible rivalry?

One key ingredient is geography. When two colleges are shut to one another and battle in the identical part, the warmth is turned up on every assembly.

Then there’s a historical past of postseason interplay. When two colleges from the identical part collide within the playoffs, the environment is electrical.

The South Fayette and Trinity ladies basketball groups verify each of these containers.

The Lions and Hillers have been part foes going again to the outdated Class 3A days. Now the 2 are competing in Part 4-5A.

Whereas they practically performed one another in final 12 months’s WPIAL 5A playoffs (South Fayette was the No. 2 seed that went on to win all of it whereas Trinity was the No. 3 seed), they’ve performed one another on two of the most important phases they may play on.

One was the WPIAL championship recreation when South Fayette defeated Trinity, 59-52 within the 2016 Class 3A finals. The opposite got here a 12 months later when the Hillers knocked out the Lions, 61-51, within the 2017 PIAA semifinals.

On Thursday, the 2 collide for the primary of two conferences this season when the Hillers host the Lions.

Each groups are 3-0 and on high of the part standings. South Fayette is 11-2 general and ranked No. 2 within the newest Trib HSSN High 5, whereas Trinity is available in with a file of 7-3.

Extra unbeaten battles

South Fayette at Trinity isn’t the one WPIAL ladies basketball recreation Thursday that pits two groups with good part data.

In Part 2-4A, Blackhawk visits Quaker Valley. Each groups are 3-0 within the part with the visiting Cougars an ideal 10-0 general whereas the Quakers verify in with a file of 9-4.

Additionally in Class 4A, in Part 3, Elizabeth Ahead (9-4) travels to close by Belle Vernon (7-5) with first place on the road. The hosts Leopards are in first place with a 5-0 part mark whereas the Warriors are a half-game again at 4-0.

In Part 2-2A, Burgettstown hosts Brentwood. Each groups are 3-0 and tied for first within the part. The visiting Spartans are a good 6-6 on the season whereas the Blue Devils have a 9-4 general file.

Thursday evening fights

Whereas each groups are usually not good in part play, there are six extra ladies basketball video games Thursday by which groups are preventing for at the least a share of their part lead.

• In Part 1-6A, Norwin (3-0, 11-1) visits Pine-Richland (2-1, 6-4).

• In Part 1-5A, Indiana (4-0, 8-4) travels to Woodland Hills (3-1, 5-6).

• In Part 3-3A, Shady Facet Academy (3-0, 11-1) hosts Deer Lakes (2-1, 4-9).

• In Part 1-2A, Freedom (4-0, 9-1) is at Aliquippa (4-1, 6-4).

• In Part 4-2A, California (3-1, 6-4) visits Washington (4-0, 8-4).

• In Part 1-A, Bishop Canevin (2-0, 6-5) performs host to Aquinas Academy (1-1, 10-2).

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