Chartiers Valley Holds Off Oakland Catholic For PIAA Semifinal Appearance

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The Chartiers Valley girls basketball team hasn’t had to endure too much stress this season, winning convincingly in almost every game.

That wasn’t the case on Saturday in its PIAA quarterfinal game against Oakland Catholic at Peters Township.

The Colts were able to hold off the pesky Eagles, coming away with a 46-43 win.

Oakland Catholic had an opportunity to tie at the buzzer, but its 3-pointer was no good.

Chartiers Valley trailed by one entering the fourth quarter, but limited Oakland Catholic to seven points, its lowest scoring quarter of the game.

The Colts took the lead in the final minute by connecting on 3 of 4 free throws.

The Eagles held a 34-28 lead in the third quarter, but that is when senior Mackenzie Wagner took over. Wagner hit back-to-back 3-pointers to tie the score.

Wagner scored 14 of her team-leading 17 points in the second half, including a perfect 6 for 6 from the free-throw line. Junior Megan McConnell and freshman Aislin Malcolm finished with 11 points apiece.

For Oakland Catholic, senior Alexis Sestric had a game-high 19 points. Senior Sierra DeAngelo finished with 18 points.

Chartiers Valley improves to 28-0 and will go for its fourth win of the season against Thomas Jefferson in the PIAA semifinals on Tuesday at Peters Township at 7 p.m.