Girls Basketball: Back-to-Back WPIAL Champions
Following a historic 2017 season, this year Girls Basketball repeated their 2017 success—they were undefeated section champions, defended their Class A WPIAL title, and charged ahead to the PIAA playoffs.
With a record of 20-6, the Bears led the way in regular season play and secured an undefeated Section Championship along the way. The team earned a first-round bye in WPIAL playoffs, and decisively defeated both the Cornell Raiders in the second round and the Sewickley Panthers in the semi-finals to earn a repeat appearance in the 2018 Class A WPIAL Championship.
The Bears dominated throughout the Championship game to earn a 76-57 victory over the West Greene Pioneers, and charged ahead to States where their season ended in a hard-fought second-round loss.
In addition to team accolades, seniors Gia Thorpe and Ayanna Townsend reached two notable WT milestones this season: Ayanna became WT’s all-time leading basketball scorer, and Gia earned her 1,000th career point, becoming only the fourth player in WT Girls Basketball history to earn 1,000 points in WPIAL action. Both Bears also received various WPIAL and State honors.
“If I could sum this season up in one word I would say ‘spectacular,’” declared Coach Monica ‘Nika’ Williams. “What made this season so spectacular is not just the fact that we won our second Section title or even our second Class A Championship. It was watching the girls overcome all the obstacles in our way to get there. We became a team, a family, we pulled together. We are not just coaching student-athletes, but friends that will last a lifetime.”