2022 PIAA Class 2A Women’s Basketball Championship Breakdown: Neshannock vs. Southern Columbia



Thursday, March 24, 2022 | 10:08 p.m.

PIAA Class 2A Girls Basketball Final

Neshannock vs South Colombia

Friday Noon, Giant Center, Hershey

On air : Television: PCN

PIAA titles: Neshannock 0, southern Colombia 0

Neshannock (28-2)

Coach: Luann Grybowski

Probable starting composition

No., Name, Ht., Cl., Pos.

1, Neleh Nogay, 5-6, sr., G

11, Addilae Watts, 5-7, sr., G

20, Aaralyn Nogay, 5-6, jr., G

24, Megan Pallerino, 5-11, jr., F

34, Mairan Haggerty, 6-1, jr., G/F

Notable: After a second straight WPIAL championship, Neshannock cruised through the PIAA playoffs, with victories over Penns Manor, 46-23; Cambridge Springs, 44-25; Shenango, 51-17; and Bellwood-Antis, 61-53. … Junior guard/forward Mairan Haggerty leads the Lancers with 18.8 points per game, but junior forward Megan Pallerino, senior guards Addi Watts and Neleh Nogay, a Fordham softball commitment, and junior guard Aaralyn Nogay are also key scorers. … Haggerty, Pallerino and Watts all had 14 points in the semis. … Coach Luann Grybowski became the third WPIAL coach to surpass 700 career wins earlier this season. … The Lancers have won 13 straight games since a Jan. 27 loss to OLSH. … Neshannock reached the PIAA title match a year ago, losing to Mt. Carmel of District 4, 54-43.

South Colombia (29-1)

Coach: Kami Traugh

Probable starting composition

No., Name, Ht., Cl., Pos.

13, Alli Greydig, 6-1, jr., C

22, Summer Tillett, 5-9, senior, SF

24, Loren Gehret, 5-8, jr., PG

30, Ava Novak, 5-7, jr., GS

33, Colby Bernhard, 5-8, sr., G

Notable: District 4 champion Southern Columbia reached the PIAA Finals after defeating Elk Lake, 67-35; Tri Valley, 45-14; Bishop McCort, 84-64; and Mount Carmel, 50-46. … South Colombia are averaging 55.9 points while allowing 38.0. … Junior center Alli Griscavage surpassed 1,000 career points. She averages 16.0 points, 12.3 rebounds and 1.9 blocks. … Senior forward Summer Tillett is a Susquehanna rookie who is averaging 10.9 points and 11.1 rebounds per game. … Junior point guard Loren Gehret is an All-American football player. … Junior guard Ava Novak is averaging 12.2 points. … Kami Traugh is in his first season as head coach of his alma mater. She is the daughter of Southern Colombia soccer coach Jim Roth, the state’s all-time soccer leader. … Southern Columbia has won 20 straight games.

Bill Hartlep is the sports editor of the Tribune-Review. You can contact Bill at [email protected] or via Twitter @BHartlep_Trib.

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