Seneca Valley Clinches Playoff Spot With Overtime Win At Shaler

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The Seneca Valley girls’ basketball team solidified its spot in the Class 6A WPIAL playoffs on Thursday night with a 43-42 overtime win at Shaler.

The Raiders are now tied for second place with Butler, while Shaler is still fighting for a playoff spot, a game behind Pine-Richland for the final spot with a game to go.

The teams were tied 39-39 with 1:45 to go, but neither team were able to take the lead, sending it to overtime. Scoring was at a premium in the extra session, with the Raiders outscoring the Titans 4-3 in the period. Seneca Valley scored the first four points of overtime to put the pressure on Shaler.

Junior McKenna Gross led the Raiders with 11 points. Sophomore Maddie Karchut was also in double figures with 10 points.

Senior Megan Lydon led Shaler with a game-high 12 points. Sophomore Emily Cavacini added 10 points.

The win improves Seneca Valley to 10-8 overall and 5-4 in the section. The Raiders will host Butler on Monday at 7:30 p.m. in the section finale. The winner of the game will finish in second place in the section.

The loss drops Shaler to 8-11 overall and 3-6 in the section. The Titans will travel to Pine-Richland on Monday at 7:30 p.m. with a trip to the playoffs on the line.