Mairan Haggerty loved the way her shot looked in pregame warmups Saturday and hoped it would carry over to Neshannock’s WPIAL playoff opener against Charleroi.

“It was a good day for my shot,” Haggerty said.

And in turn, it was a great day for Neshannock.

Haggerty, one of the WPIAL’s top players, connected on eight 3-pointers — all in the first half — and scored a career-high 40 points while leading No. 3 Neshannock to a 73-29 home blowout of No. 14 Charleroi in a WPIAL Class 3A first-round game.

A 6-foot-1 guard-forward, Haggerty had a mammoth first half, knocking down all of those 3-pointers and scoring 34 points. The eight 3s actually aren’t a personal record. She made nine in a game last season.

“I don’t know, my shot just felt smooth and the 3-pointers just kept going in,” said Haggerty, a Seton Hill recruit who was fourth in the WPIAL in scoring during the regular season with 22.3 points a game.

Neshannock (17-6), last year’s WPIAL and PIAA Class 2A champion, raced to a 28-6 first-quarter lead and held a 29-point lead at the half. Aaralyn Nogay chipped in 12 points for the Lancers, who have won their past eight games. Bella Carroto led Charleroi (11-10) with 10 points.

Other Class 3A girls

• Regan Atkins scored 34 points and tied a school record with seven 3-pointers to help No. 2 Laurel (21-2) roll to a 64-36 home win against No. 15 Burrell (10-13). Danielle Pontius added nine points for Laurel, which led by 16 at the half. Julianna Fisher paced Burrell with 10 points.

• Kaley Rohanna finished with 31 points, 8 assists and 5 rebounds while leading No. 8 Waynesburg (20-3) to a 64-55 home win against No. 9 Seton LaSalle (13-10). Mallory Daly, the fifth-leading scorer in the WPIAL, scored 13 points, eight below her average. Tiara Curry led the Rebels with 22 points.

• In the only upset of the day, Aricka Young’s 17 points propelled No. 11 Mohawk (15-8) to a 55-41 win at No. 6 Apollo-Ridge (19-4). The Warriors also got 15 points from Erynne Capalbo and 11 from Alexa Kadilak. Sydney McCray scored a team-high 13 points for Apollo-Ridge, which had won 12 of 13 games.

• Freshmen Maggie Spell and Karis Thomas combined for 45 points in No. 1 Shady Side Academy’s 57-46 home win against No. 16 Beaver Falls. Spell scored 24 points and Thomas added 21 for Shady Side (21-2). Kamriona Mobley and Bria Harris scored 10 points apiece for Beaver Falls (10-12), which was outscored, 19-8, in the first quarter.

• Kyleigh Nagy’s 20 points vaulted No. 5 Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (17-6) to a 51-38 win against No. 12 Mount Pleasant (14-9) at Peters Township. Nagy was 12 of 14 from the free-throw line for the Chargers, who jumped to an 18-3 first-quarter lead. Mount Pleasant’s Tiffany Zelmore, the WPIAL’s second-leading scorer in the regular season, finished with 26 points.

• No. 4 Avonworth (16-5) extended its win streak to nine by defeating No. 13 McGuffey, 48-30. Greta O’Brien and Becca Goetz each scored 14 points for the host Antelopes and Mia Velilsaris had 10. Lexi Ewig, with nine points, paced McGuffey (15-8).

Keystone Oaks (16-7), the No. 7 seed, raced to a large lead and held on to beat No. 10 South Park, 61-57. The Golden Eagles led, 22-7, after one quarter and got a big performance from Eriona Neal, who scored 26 points. Alayna Wagner added 17, while Maddie Graham led South Park (11-12) with 17.

Girls scores

Class 3A first round

Avonworth 48, McGuffey 30

Keystone Oaks 61, South Park 57

Laurel 64, Burrell 36

Mohawk 55, Apollo-Ridge 41

Neshannock 73, Charleroi 29

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart 51, Mount Pleasant 38

Shady Side Academy 57, Beaver Falls 46

Waynesburg 64, Seton LaSalle 55

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Brad is a sports writer at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, but he's currently on strike. Email him at

Brad Everett

Brad is a sports writer at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, but he's currently on strike. Email him at