PIAA Semifinals Recap: Norwin drops OT thriller

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Cedar Cliff 55, Norwin 47 (OT)

It was a battle all night long but Cedar Cliff (30-0) was able to stay composed and pull away in the overtime period to advance to their first state championship, beating Norwin (24-5) 55-47 in overtime, on Monday night at Altoona High School.

Things were very tight in the first half. Cedar Cliff went up six points but a 10-2 run for Norwin to finish the half gave them a 22-20 lead at the break. It looked like Norwin was going to get some separation when Ava Christopher hit a three-pointer with about three minutes left in the third quarter giving Norwin a 35-29 lead. Cedar Cliff would storm all the way back to take a 38-36 lead into the fourth quarter.

Things remained tight all fourth quarter when Norwin found themselves down 47-46 with under a minute to play. Lauren Palangio was fouled with 39 seconds remaining and hit one of two free throws creating a 47-47 tie. Cedar Cliff could not convert on their last possession and we were headed to overtime.

Cedar Cliff ramped up the defense in the overtime period outscoring Norwin 8-0, and got to the state title with a 55-47 victory.

Olivia Jones had 19 points for Cedar Cliff. Alexis Buie added 12 points and Taylor Ferraro netted 10 points. Palangio led Norwin with 20 points. Kendall Berger had 11 points.


Upper St. Clair 5, Mt. Lebanon 2

Butler 10, Knoch 0

Shaler 3, Fox Chapel 1

Latrobe 14, Connellsville 1


Thomas Jefferson 6, Baldwin 0

Gateway 24, Penn Hills 2

Shaler 5, Knoch 1

Hempfield 6, Armstrong 3

Mt. Pleasant 8, Penn-Trafford 2

Western Beaver 16, South Side 1

Hampton 10, Fox Chapel 0

Latrobe 9, Norwin 8