2022 WPIAL Class 3A Women’s Basketball Championship Breakdown: North Catholic vs Freedom

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Wednesday, March 2, 2022 | 7:09 p.m.


WPIAL Class 3A Women’s Basketball Championship

No. 1 North Catholic vs. No. 3 Freedom

7 p.m. Thursday, Petersen Events Center

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WPIAL titles: Northern Catholic 20; Freedom 0

Northern Catholic (18-5)

Coach: Molly Rottman

Projected starting composition

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

10, Anna Waskiewicz, 5-6, jr., G

11, Alayna Rocco, 5-10, so., G

12, Dacia Lewandowski, 5-11, jr., G

22, Kaitlyn Tavella, 5-5, jr., G

30, Victoria Drevna, 5-6, jr., G

Notable: North Catholic saw its streak of four consecutive WPIAL titles stopped by Mohawk last season, falling in the title match 54-48. … The Division 1 champions will face Division rival Freedom for the third time. The Trojanettes won 64-49 and 52-47 earlier this year. … After a first-round bye, North Catholic picked up wins over No. 8 Laurel (61-33) in the quarterfinals and No. 5 Waynesburg Central (58-29) in the semis. … North Catholic is led by sophomore guard Alayna Rocco (17.1 ppg) and junior guard Dacia Lewandowski (15.3 ppg). Rocco scored 22 points in the semifinals. … Lewandowski has college scholarship offers from Akron, Colgate, Hofstra, Manhattan, Marshall, Monmouth, Mount St. Mary’s, Navy, Oakland, Stoney Brook, Toledo, UMass Lowell, and Western Carolina.

Freedom (18-4)

Coach: John Kaercher

Projected starting composition

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

2, Shaye Bailey, 5-5, So., G

11, Renae Mohrbacher, 5-6, sr., G

14, Julia Mohrbacher, 5-9, jr., F

25, Olivia Evans, 5-10, sr., F

42, Cadence Gorajewski, 5-6, sr., F

Notable: The Bulldogs make their first appearance in the WPIAL Finals. … Besides his two losses to North Catholic, Freedom’s only blemishes came against South Side and Rochester. The Bulldogs have won 10 straight games. … Freedom lost to North Catholic in last season’s WPIAL quarterfinals, 69-49. … The Bulldogs picked up convincing victories over No. 6 Keystone Oaks in the quarterfinals and No. 2 Avonworth in the semis. … Liberty is led by sophomore guard Shaye Bailey (16.3 ppg) and senior guard Renae Mohrbacher (15.1 ppg). Bailey had 25 points in the quarterfinals and Mohrbacher added 22 against Keystone Oaks and 13 points in the semifinal victory. Mohrbacher will play soccer at Robert Morris next fall.

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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