Bethel Park Girls Bounce Back To Stay In Section Race

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After losing its last game to Peters Township, the Bethel Park girls’ basketball team bounced back as they returned home with a 52-39 victory against Upper St. Clair on Thursday night.

The win kept the Black Hawks a game behind the Indians for first place and in a second-place tie with Mt. Lebanon. They also earned a season sweep against the Panthers, who are still holding onto the fourth and final playoff spot in Section 3-6A.

Bethel Park doubled up on Upper St. Clair in each of the first two quarters, 12-6, to take a 24-12 halftime lead. The Panthers never gave the Black Hawks a real threat to take the lead.

Freshman Olivia Westphal led Bethel Park with 15 points. Kate Groninger led Upper St. Clair with 10 points.

Bethel Park improves to 11-4 and 5-2. They will dip out of the section to host North Allegheny, the No. 1 team in the state, on Saturday at 8 p.m.

Upper St. Clair drops to 7-7 and 4-3. They will also be playing at Bethel Park on Saturday in the DIPG Classic. They will face Seneca Valley at 6 p.m.