Trinity celebration

Trinity's Sierra Kotchman, Jayme Britton and Alayna Cappelli celebrate after their 61-51 victory against South Fayette. The triumph earned the Hillers their first trip to a PIAA state championship game in girls basketball.

For decades, girls basketball teams from the local area, especially those from Washington County, have been well represented in the PIAA playoffs. Making the statewide tournament has not been difficult. Staying in them long enough to reach the finals, now that was a problem.

That came to an end last March when Trinity High School became the first from Washington County to advance its girls basketball team to the PIAA Championships. The Hillers bounced back from a loss in the WPIAL Class 5A semifinals to reach the state finals at the Giant Center in Hershey.

Trinity's bid for a state championship fell short when it lost to Archbishop Wood, 34-26, in a defense-dominated final.

To get to the finals, Trinity defeated District 6 champion Bellefonte (67-22), WPIAL champion Chartiers Valley (50-36) and Archbishop Carroll (44-39) before eliminating South Fayette (61-51) in the semifinals. Trinity guard Sierra Kotchman, who was the Observer-Reporter Girls Basketball Player of the Year, scored 30 points and made seven three-point field goals in the win over South Fayette.

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