Baldwin upends Upper St. Clair, 47-40

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In a Section 2-6A game Monday night, the Fighting Highlanders of Baldwin used great defense and late clutch free throw shooting to defeat Upper St. Clair, 47-40. The win snapped Upper St. Clair’s four-game win streak and was Baldwin’s first win against Upper St. Clair since 2017.

Baldwin came out of the gate with a ton of energy jumping out to a 12-4 lead four minutes into the game. Following a timeout by Upper St. Clair coach Pete Serio, the Panthers proceeded to go on a 10-0 run of their own grabbing their first lead of the game in the second quarter at 14-12. Upper St. Clair dominated the entire second quarter outscoring Baldwin, 17-8, and took a 27-20 lead heading into halftime.

Points were at a premium in the third quarter. Baldwin’s defense didn’t allow a field goal the entire quarter but had struggles of their own outscoring Upper St. Clair, 7-1, in the quarter and heading into the fourth we had a one-point game with Upper St. Clair leading 28-27. In the fourth quarter Baldwin found their offense, scoring 20 points in the quarter, most of them from the free throw line, and were able to pull away winning the game 47-40.

Meghan Dryburgh was the PlayerPager Player of the Game leading all scorers with 18 points, 10 of them in the second half and six of them from the line. Anna Lucarelli chipped in eight points.

Mia Brown paced Upper St. Clair with 14 points. Emma Rocco contributed 10.

The win improves the Highlanders to 7-3 overall and 3-2 in Section 2-6A. They will be back in action Thursday when they travel to Hempfield in another Section 2-6A matchup at 7:30 p.m.

Upper St. Clair falls to 6-3 overall and 3-2 in Section 2-6A. The Panthers head back home to take on Connellsville Thursday night at 7:30 in a section matchup.