North Allegheny Handles Shaler In Section Opener
by Dave Floyd
In the section opener for both teams, North Allegheny overwhelmed Shaler Friday night, using pressure defense and a frenetic pace to score an 86-53 home win. The Tigers forced 28 turnovers and put up 24 more shots than the Titans, never trailing en route to the victory.
With the win, North Allegheny stayed undefeated on the young season. The Tigers are 4-0 overall, including a 1-0 mark in Section 3. Shaler is still searching for its first victory at 0-4 overall and 0-1 in section play.
Early on, Shaler hung right with North Allegheny, and a pair of free throws by sophomore Tanner Reinheimer pulled the Titans within two, 10-8, midway through the first quarter. The Tigers, however, responded with a 10-0 run and never looked back.
Shaler shot the ball well from the field, at 53 percent, but they registered only 34 field goal attempts compared to North Allegheny’s 58. The Tigers also drained nine three-pointers in the contest.
Reinheimer led the way for Shaler offensively, tallying a team-high 16 points. Senior Brendan Deasy added 10 for the Titans.
North Allegheny had three players in double figures, led by senior guards Cole Constantino and Will Sandherr with 22 and 19 points, respectively. The duo did its scoring in different ways, as Constantino went a perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line while Sandherr hit 5-of-6 from beyond the arc. Junior Keegan Phillips added 17 points for the Tigers.
Each team returns to section play Tuesday night. North Allegheny travels to Pine-Richland, while Shaler hosts Butler. The Titans, though, have a quick turnaround overall, as they are back in action tomorrow afternoon with a non-section game against Penn Hills.
"Game of the Week" Players of the Game
|12/11||Lexus Lambert||Seneca Valley||Girls Basketball||Seneca Valley at Oakland Catholic|
|12/12||Will Sandherr||North Allegheny||Boys Basketball||Shaler at North Allegheny|
|12/19||Joey Mascaro||Bethel Park||Boys Basketball||Upper St. Clair at Bethel Park|
|12/22||McKenzie Bushee||Mt. Lebanon||Girls Basketball||Bethel Park at Mt. Lebanon|
|12/23||Andrew Petcash||Pine-Richland||Boys Basketball||Central Catholic at Pine-Richland|
|1/5||Lauren Gilbert||Baldwin||Girls Basketball||Baldwin at Upper St. Clair|
|1/10||Matty McConnell||Chartiers Valley||Boys Basketball||Mt. Lebanon at Chartiers Valley|
|1/13||Zack Irwin||Hempfield||Boys Basketball||Latrobe at Hempfield|
|1/15||Taylor Lake||North Allegheny||Girls Basketball||North Allegheny at Shaler|
|1/22||Maria Palarino||Penn-Trafford||Girls Basketball||Hempfield at Penn-Trafford|
|1/26||Shannon Conely||Bethel Park||Girls Basketball||Mt. Lebanon at Bethel Park|
|1/27||Clayton Nola||Gateway||Boys Basketball||Gateway at Franklin Regional|
|1/30||Will Sandherr||North Allegheny||Boys Basketball||Central Catholic at North Allegheny|
|2/3||Alayna Gribble||Norwin||Girls Basketball||Norwin at Hempfield|
|2/3||Kason Harrell||Hempfield||Boys Basketball||Norwin at Hempfield|