Friday, March 16, 2012

Trib: Oakland Catholic knocks off defending champion Mt. Lebanon

One of the great runs in state girls basketball is over. Another of the area's great programs is enjoying its biggest win in years.

Three-time defending PIAA Class AAAA champion Mt. Lebanon saw its reign come to an end Friday night in a sloppy, 37-32 state quarterfinal loss to resilient Oakland Catholic at Chartiers Valley.

It marked quite the turnaround for the Eagles (27-2), who just two weeks earlier lost to the Blue Devils (25-4) in the WPIAL title game. Now, they're two wins away from the program's first state title since 2005 -- Tuesday's semifinal opponent Governor Mifflin is the next hurdle to cross on that quest.

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