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WEEKEND RECAP: 2/4-2/5

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4

GIRLS BASKETBALL

6A SECTION 2

Upper St. Clair 61, Bethel Park 47

Upper St. Clair (17-2, 10-0) used a big second quarter and a huge response in the fourth quarter to defeat Bethel Park (6-12, 3-7) 61-47 on Saturday afternoon. Upper St. Clair has already clinched the section title outright. Bethel Park is 1.5 games behind Baldwin for the final playoff spot. Rylee Kalocay led all scorers with 27 points for Upper St. Clair. Kate Robbins added 14. Sophia Nath had 18 points for Bethel Park while Ella Sabatos added 10 points.

NON-CONFERENCE

North Allegheny 59, Cumberland Valley 35

North Allegheny (14-4) jumped on Cumberland Valley (12-7) early and used a strong defensive effort in the second half to pull off a 59-35 victory over their District 3 foe. Cumberland Valley eliminated North Allegheny from the PIAA tournament last season. Jasmine Timmerson led the way for North Allegheny with 22 points. Caroline Henderson added 12.

North Catholic 48, Pine-Richland 40

North Catholic (17-3) jumped out to a 29-15 lead at halftime and held on in the second half for a 48-40 victory over Pine-Richland (9-10) on Saturday. Anna Waskiewicz had 15 points for North Catholic while Ava Walker helped with 10 points. Madison Zavasky led Pine-Richland with 14 points. Catherine Gentile had 11.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 5

BOYS BASKETBALL

Moon 67, Avonworth 37

Moon (10-9) used a big first quarter and only allowed 15 points in the second half to finish off Avonworth (7-12) 67-37 on Sunday evening. The game was apart of the Slammin’ at Sewickley Academy Tournament. Michael Santicola led Moon with 18 points. Elijah Guillory added 15 points while Aiden Reeseman added 12.

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SATURDAY

GIRLS BASKETBALL

6A SECTION 2

Upper St. Clair (16-2, 9-0) at Bethel Park (6-11, 3-6) – 3:00 pm

Upper St. Clair have won their last 10 games. They have already wrapped up the section title. Bethel Park has dropped 5 of their last 6 games. They currently sit a game behind Baldwin for the final playoff spot. This is the first meeting between these two teams that will matchup today and Thursday.

NON-CONFERENCE

Pine-Richland (5-14) at North Catholic (16-3) – 1:30 pm – North Catholic Sports Network

Pine-Richland beat Seneca Valley 45-34 on Thursday snapping a 2-game losing streak. They sit at the bottom of Section 1-6A. North Catholic is riding a 10-game winning streak entering today. They have clinched the Section 1-4A title. The game will be broadcasted on the North Catholic Sports Network. You can find the broadcast link on the broadcast schedule page under Multimedia.

Cumberland Valley (12-6) at North Allegheny (13-4) – 2:00 pm – North Allegheny Sports Network

Cumberland Valley enters today winners of 6 of their last 7 games. North Allegheny has won 5 straight. Cumberland Valley is currently in third place in the Mid-Penn Commonwealth Conference. North Allegheny is tied for the section lead in Section 1-6A. This game will be broadcasted on the North Allegheny Sports Network. You can find the broadcast link on the broadcast schedule page under Multimedia.

SUNDAY

BOYS BASKETBALL

Avonworth (7-11) vs. Moon (9-9) at Sewickley Academy – 6:00 pm

Avonworth fell to Quaker Valley on Friday 53-51 snapping a 2-game winning streak. Moon has lost 3 in a row. Avonworth currently sits tied for the final playoff spot in Section 4-4A. Moon is tied for third place in Section 4-5A. This game is apart of the Slammin’ at Sewickley Academy tournament.

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BOYS BASKETBALL

6A SECTION 1

Seneca Valley 57, Pine-Richland 37

Seneca Valley (8-10, 3-5) picked up a big win Friday night against Pine-Richland (5-14, 1-7) 57-37. The win coupled with a North Allegheny loss now puts North Allegheny and Seneca Valley tied for the fourth and final playoff spot in Section 1-6A. Seneca Valley and North Allegheny will play on Tuesday. Pine-Richland was eliminated with the loss. Connor Oros led the way with 17 points for Seneca Valley. Andrew Roy and Kai West both had 10 points. Emery Moye led Pine-Richland with 11 points.

Butler 66, North Allegheny 55

Butler (14-5, 5-3) used a big third quarter to defeat North Allegheny (8-10, 3-5) 66-55 at home and jump back into a tie for second place with Central Catholic. North Allegheny is now tied for the final playoff spot with Seneca Valley. Those two teams will face off Tuesday at North Allegheny. Braylon Littlejohn led all scorers for Butler with 32 points. Ryan Porch had 14 points. Joey Dopirak led North Allegheny with 22 points. Ty Iwanonkiw added 13.

New Castle 67, Central Catholic 53

In a matchup between the top two teams in the section it was New Castle (17-2, 7-1) that made a statement in a dominant 67-53 victory over Central Catholic (11-8, 5-3). The win clinched at least a share of the section title for New Castle with them being able to clinch it outright with one more win. Central Catholic sits tied for second place with Butler. Da’Juan Young had 22 points for New Castle. Jonathan Anderson and Isaiah Boice (who returned from injury) each had 18 points. Debaba Tshiebwe led Central Catholic with 21 points. Cole Sullivan added 15 points while Dante DePante added 11.

6A SECTION 2

Hempfield 67, Canon-McMillan 45

Hempfield (7-13, 2-6) used great defense in the first half and a big offensive third quarter to run away from Canon-McMillan 67-45. Hempfield sits a game behind Norwin for the final playoff spot in the section. The loss eliminated Canon-McMillan from playoff contention. Harry Sowers had 20 points for Hempfield. Aaron Woodley had 13 points and Drew Gordon added 12. Michael Dixon led Canon-McMillan with 21 points. Eamon O’Donoghue had 10 points.

Upper St. Clair 37, Mt. Lebanon 36

Upper St. Clair (12-8, 7-1) overcame a 10-1 deficit at the end of the first quarter to comeback in a defensive slugfest, 37-36 over Mt. Lebanon (13-6, 7-1). The two teams are now tied for the section lead with two games to go. Devin Hall had 14 points for Upper St. Clair.

Baldwin 63, Norwin 50

Baldwin (12-7, 5-3) was down double digits early but used a huge second half to comeback and defeat Norwin (11-8, 3-5) 63-50 Friday night. Baldwin sits comfortably in third place for the time being while Norwin is now only a game up on Hempfield for the final playoff spot. Nathan Wesling had 23 points for Baldwin. Adam Bilinsky led Norwin with 23 points.

5A SECTION 1

Thomas Jefferson 72, Trinity 68 (OT)

Thomas Jefferson (13-7, 6-2) trailed by 11 heading into the fourth quarter but was able to storm back, force overtime, and complete the victory in the extra frame 72-68 over Trinity (8-11, 3-5). Thomas Jefferson currently sits in third place but a game behind the pacesetters in Section 1-5A. Trinity is in the fourth and final playoff spot but clinched a playoff spot with a Ringgold loss. Evan Berger led Thomas Jefferson with 28 points. Sean Sullivan had 13 points, Ryan Lawry added 11 points and Noah Prosser and Brody Evans each pitched in 10 points. Jacob Dunkle led the way for Trinity with 18 points. Owen Wayman and Tim Hodges each had 13 points and Drew Collins added 11.

Bethel Park 78, Connellsville 45

Bethel Park (12-6, 7-1) kept pace with Peters Township at the top of the section with a 78-45 win over Connellsville (0-20, 0-8). Mike Mathias had 14 points for Bethel Park while Jack Bruckner added 13. Jayden Mickens and Jayden McBride each had 13 points for Connellsville.

Peters Township 89, Ringgold 39

Peters Township (16-3, 7-1) jumped out to a 53-14 lead at halftime and rolled to a 89-39 victory over Ringgold (3-17, 1-7). The win keeps Peters Township tied with Bethel Park for first place in the section. Ringgold still has an outside shot at the playoffs if they win their last 2 section games and Trinity loses their last 2 section games.

5A SECTION 2

Fox Chapel 51, Armstrong 30

Fox Chapel (13-6, 5-3) got the defense going from the second quarter on and was able to pull away from Armstrong (11-8, 2-6) with a 51-30 victory on Friday night. Fox Chapel officially clinched a playoff berth with the win. Armstrong is now a game out of a playoff spot since Woodland Hills won. Jefferson Moorefield-Brown led all scorers with 19 points for Fox Chapel. Cadin Olsen had 13 points for Armstrong.

Penn Hills 58, Shaler 41

Penn Hills (15-2, 8-0) wrapped up the section for good Friday night with a 58-41 victory over Shaler. Shaler sits tied for second place with Fox Chapel and has already clinched a playoff berth. Julian Duggar had 14 points while Daemar Kelly and Robert Thomas each had 13 points for Penn Hills. Joey DeSabato had 12 points for Shaler.

Woodland Hills 63, Plum 48

Woodland Hills (12-8, 3-5) picked up a huge section victory on Friday night over Plum (6-14, 1-7) The Woodland Hills win with an Armstrong loss now put Woodland Hills in the drivers seat for the fourth and final playoff spot in Section 2-5A. Plum can still make the playoffs but a lot needs to happen. Chaz Cobbs led the way for Woodland Hills with 22 points. Scoop Smith, Austin Wells and Lamar Williams all added 10 points each. Will Beckner had 15 points for Plum while Griffin Oresic pitched in 10.

5A SECTION 3

Penn-Trafford 60, McKeesport 58

Penn-Trafford (5-15, 2-6) got a much needed section win keeping their playoff hopes alive for the moment winning 60-58 over McKeesport (8-9, 5-3). Penn-Trafford is now only a game back of the final playoff spot in the section. McKeesport sits in second place. Tyler Freas had 24 points for Penn-Trafford. Jason Sabol added 12 poitns and Carmen Metcalfe pitched in 10. Travarese Rowe led McKeesport with 30 points.

Latrobe 66, Franklin Regional 53

In a contest that was back-and-forth all night, Latrobe (8-12, 3-5) took control in the fourth quarter en route to a 66-53 win over Franklin Regional (9-10, 3-5) Friday night. The win was huge for Latrobe as now them and Franklin Regional are tied for the final playoff spot in the section. John Wetzel led the way for Latrobe with 20 points. Landon Butler had 19 points and Max Butler added 10. Cooper Rankin had 26 points for Franklin Regional.

Gateway 66, Kiski Area 53 (OT)

Gateway (13-5, 7-1) was down 23-5 after the first quarter but fought all the way back to force overtime and then outscored Kiski Area (10-10, 4-4) 16-3 in the extra frame to win 66-53. The Gateway win along with the McKeesport loss clinched at least a share of the section title for Gateway. Kiski Area is in third place a game up on Franklin Regional and Latrobe. Kaleb Pryor led all scorers with 22 points for Gateway. Jaydon Carr had 19 points while Leonard Sherrod added 14. Isaiah Gonzalez had 20 points for Kiski Area.

5A SECTION 4

North Hills 61, West Allegheny 48

North Hills (16-4, 7-1) just stayed consistent throughout the night and was able to fend off West Allegheny (8-12, 1-7) 61-48. The North Hills win along with Mars’ loss clinches at least a share of the section title for North Hills. The loss eliminated West Allegheny from playoff contention. Royce Parham had 30 points for North Hills while Jayden Thomas added 10. Brandon Bell and Justin Manns led West Allegheny with 16 points.

Chartiers Valley 62, Moon 56

Chartiers Valley (15-5, 4-4) used a 23-10 third quarter to hold off Moon (9-9, 4-4) for good with a 62-56 victory on Friday night. The win for Chartiers Valley puts them in a tie for third place with Moon and both teams are a game up on South Fayette for the final playoff spot in Section 4-5A. Julian Semplice had 15 points for Chartiers Valley while Jayden Davis had 14. Elijah Guillory led Moon with 15 points. Aiden Reesman added 14 points.

South Fayette 77, Mars 72 (OT)

South Fayette (10-9, 3-5) picked up a huge 77-72 overtime victory over Mars (13-6, 5-3) to keep their playoff hopes alive. South Fayette currently sits a game behind Chartiers Valley and Moon for the final playoff spot. Mars sits in second place, two games behind North Hills with two games to go. Elijah Hill led all scorers with 36 points. Michael Plasko had 19 points and Nico Lamonde added 14 points. Tasso Sfanos led Mars with 25 points. Ryan Ceh and Remi Black each added 13 points.

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6A SECTION 2

Baldwin 55, Canon-McMillan 30

Baldwin (9-11, 5-6) allowed 3 points total in the second and third quarter combined en route to a 55-30 victory Friday night. Baldwin is currently in the last playoff position and is a game up on Bethel Park for it. Katie Lucarelli had 28 points for Baldwin. Gia Schoeb added 14. Nadia Davis led Canon-McMillan with 15 points.

Mt. Lebanon 53, Peters Township 49

Mt. Lebanon (14-6, 8-3) shut out Peters Township (9-10, 3-7) 10-0 in the fourth quarter and came back to win 53-49 on Friday night. Mt. Lebanon currently sits in second place and can’t catch Upper St. Clair for first. Peters Township is 1.5 games out of a playoff spot. Payton Collins had 14 points for Mt. Lebanon while Jenny Smith had 12. Natalie Wetzel led Peters Township with 15 points. Gemma Walker added 14 points while Brianna Morreale pitched in 10.

5A SECTION 1

Kiski Area 50, Woodland Hills 45

Kiski Area (8-11, 5-5) used a defensive third quarter to pick up a big win over Woodland Hills (10-10, 7-3) to keep them on the inside track for the final playoff spot. The win keeps Kiski Area a half-game up on Penn Hills for fourth place. Woodland Hills is comfortably in second place in the section. Lexi Colaianni led all scorers with 20 points. Abbie Johns added 19 points. Hope Hawkins led Woodland Hills with 13 points.

5A SECTION 2

Mars 38, Shaler 35

It was a defensive battle but Mars (14-4, 8-2) pulled out a gutsy 38-35 win over Shaler (14-6, 5-5) on Friday night. The win put Mars a half-game ahead of Armstrong for the top spot in the section. Shaler is currently a full game behind Fox Chapel for the final playoff spot.

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BOYS BASKETBALL

6A SECTION 1

New Castle (16-2, 6-1) at Central Catholic (11-7, 5-2) – 7:30 pm

The top two teams in Section 1-6A square off Friday night with New Castle being winners of 5 in a row and Central Catholic winning four of their last 5. A New Castle win would give them a 2-game lead in the section with 2 games to go. A Central Catholic win would create a tie for first place. Central Catholic won the first meeting on the road 56-45 on January 10.

North Allegheny (8-9, 3-4) at Butler (13-5, 4-3) – 7:30 pm – WBUT

North Allegheny enters the night winners of 3 of their last 4 games. Butler comes in having lost 2 of their last 3 games. North Allegheny is looking to keep their one-game lead over Seneca Valley for the final playoff spot. Butler is in third place two games behind section leader New Castle and two games up on Seneca Valley. Butler won the first matchup on the road 63-50. The game will be broadcasted on WBUT. You can find the broadcast link on the broadcast schedule under Multimedia.

Seneca Valley (7-10, 2-5) at Pine-Richland (5-13, 1-6) – 7:30 pm

Seneca Valley comes into tonight on a 3-game section losing streak. Pine-Richland is coming off of a crushing 3OT loss to North Allegheny on Tuesday. Seneca Valley sits a game out of a playoff spot behind North Allegheny. Pine-Richland currently sits two games out of a playoff spot. Pine-Richland won the first game of the season series 59-58 on January 10.

6A SECTION 2

Canon-McMillan (3-16, 0-7) at Hempfield (6-13, 1-6) – 7:30 pm

Canon-McMillan currently holds an 11-game losing streak. Hempfield has lost 6 of their last 7 contests. Canon-McMillan is eliminated from playoff contention with a loss. Hempfield sits two games out of a playoff spot. Hempfield won the January 10 matchup 46-44 on the road.

Mt. Lebanon (13-5, 7-0) at Upper St. Clair (11-8, 6-1) – 7:00 pm – 22 The Point

Big time game here featuring the top two teams in the section. Mt. Lebanon enters the night winning 9 of their last 10 games. Upper St. Clair have won 2 in a row after dropping 2 in a row. Mt. Lebanon is looking to expand on their 1-game lead in the section over Upper St. Clair. Mt. Lebanon won the first meeting this season 74-69. This game will be televised on 22 The Point.

Norwin (11-7, 3-4) at Baldwin (11-7, 4-3) – 7:30 pm

Norwin fell to Upper St. Clair on Tuesday 63-33 snapping a 2-game win streak. Baldwin has won 4 of their last 5 contests. Norwin currently sits in fourth place, two games up on Hempfield for the final playoff spot. Baldwin is in third place. Baldwin won the first meeting 72-48 on January 10.

5A SECTION 1

Connellsville (0-19, 0-7) at Bethel Park (11-6, 6-1) – 7:30 pm – Connellsville Sports Network

Bethel Park enters the night on a 2-game winning streak. They currently sit tied for first in the section with Peters Township. Connellsville is eliminated from playoff contention. Bethel Park won game one of the season series 81-57. The game will be broadcasted on the Connellsville Sports Network. You can find the broadcast link by going to the broadcast schedule under Multimedia.

Ringgold (3-16, 1-6) at Peters Township (15-3, 6-1) – 7:30 pm

Ringgold comes in having lost 8 of their last 9 games. Peters Township have won 8 in a row. Ringgold sits two games out of a playoff spot at the moment behind Trinity. Peters Township is at the top of the section tied with Bethel Park. Peters Township won the January 10 meeting 89-31.

Trinity (8-10, 3-4) at Thomas Jefferson (12-7, 5-2) – 7:30 pm

Trinity has lost 3 of their last 4 games. Thomas Jefferson is coming off a 58-45 win over Ringgold on Tuesday snapping a 2-game losing streak. Trinity is currently in the section’s final playoff spot with a two-game lead on Ringgold. Thomas Jefferson sits in third place and has already clinched a playoff spot. Thomas Jefferson won the first matchup on the road 61-59.

5A SECTION 2

Fox Chapel (12-6, 4-3) at Armstrong (11-7, 2-5) – 7:30 pm – High Top Sports Network

Fox Chapel enters tonight winning 4 of their last 5 games. Armstrong has lost their last 2 games. Fox Chapel is currently in third place. Armstrong is tied with Woodland Hills for fourth place and the final playoff spot. Woodland Hills holds the tiebreaker. Armstrong pulled off the upset on the road in the first matchup winning 41-39. This game will be broadcasted on the High Top Sports Network. You can find the broadcast link by going to the broadcast schedule under Multimedia.

Penn Hills (14-2, 7-0) at Shaler (14-5, 5-2) – 7:30 pm – TribLive HSSN

Penn Hills comes into tonight on an 11-game winning streak. Shaler has won 3 of their last 4 games. Penn Hills can clinch the section title outright with a victory tonight. Shaler is trying to get within one game of Penn Hills for the section lead. Penn Hills won the first meeting 54-46 on January 10. This game will be broadcast on the TribLive High School Sports Network. You can find the broadcast link by going to the broadcast schedule under Multimedia.

Woodland Hills (11-8, 2-5) at Plum (6-13, 1-6) – 7:30 pm

Woodland Hills has lost 3 of their last 4 games. Plum comes in losing 5 of their last 6. Woodland Hills is currently tied with Armstrong for fourth place and the final playoff spot. Plum sits a game behind both. Plum won the first game of the season series on the road 58-52.

5A SECTION 3

Kiski Area (10-9, 4-3) at Gateway (12-5, 6-1) – 7:30 pm – Gateway Gator Productions

Kiski Area comes in winning 5 of the last 6 games. Gateway beat Penn-Trafford on Tuesday ending a 2-game skid. Kiski Area is in third place. Gateway leads the section by one game over McKeesport. Gateway won the first meeting 65-43. This game will be broadcasted by Gateway Gator Productions. You can find the broadcast link by going to the broadcast schedule under Multimedia.

Latrobe (7-12, 2-5) at Franklin Regional (9-9, 3-4) – 7:30 pm

Latrobe has lost their last 2 contests. Franklin Regional has lost their last 6. A Latrobe win tonight would create a tie for the final playoff spot in Section 3-5A with Franklin Regional. A Franklin Regional win would clinch a playoff spot for them. Franklin Regional won the previous meeting 52-39 on January 10. It was Franklin Regional’s last win.

Penn-Trafford (4-15, 1-6) at McKeesport (8-8, 5-2) – 7:30 pm – McKeesport Sports Network

Penn-Trafford comes into tonight losing 4 of their last 5 games. McKeesport has won 4 in a row. Penn-Trafford is two games out of a playoff spot. McKeesport sits in second place a game behind Gateway for the top spot. McKeesport won the first matchup 65-59 on January 10. This game will be broadcasted on the McKeesport Sports Network. You can find the broadcast link by going to the broadcast schedule under Multimedia.

5A SECTION 4

Moon (9-8, 4-3) at Chartiers Valley (14-5, 3-4) – 7:30 pm – TribLive HSSN

Moon enters the night losing back-to-back games to Central Catholic and North Hills. Chartiers Valley has also lost 2 in a row. Moon is currently in third place in Section 4-5A. Chartiers Valley currently holds the final playoff spot and is a game up on South Fayette for it. Moon won the first game this season 54-46. This game will be broadcast on the TribLive High School Sports Network. You can find the broadcast link by going to the broadcast schedule under Multimedia.

South Fayette (9-9, 2-5) at Mars (13-5, 5-2) – 7:30 pm

South Fayette was victorious over Chartiers Valley on Tuesday 56-34 snapping a 3-game losing streak. Mars comes in winners of 3 of their last 4 contests. South Fayette currently sits a game behind Chartiers Valley for the final playoff spot. Mars is in second place a game behind North Hills for the section lead. Mars won the January 10 meeting on the road 49-48.

West Allegheny (8-11, 1-6) at North Hills (15-4, 6-1) – 7:30 pm

West Allegheny has dropped 3 of their last 4 games. North Hills has won 3 of their last 4, including 2 straight. West Allegheny is two games out of a playoff spot. North Hills holds a one-game lead over Mars for the section lead. North Hills won the first meeting 77-45.

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6A SECTION 2

Canon-McMillan (5-12, 1-8) at Baldwin (8-11, 4-6) – 6:00 pm

Canon-McMillan beat Bethel Park on Tuesday 48-41 snapping a 6-game losing streak. Baldwin lost to Chartiers Valley on Monday 59-51 snapping a 2-game win streak. Canon-McMillan is eliminated from playoff contention with a loss tonight. Baldwin currently sits in fourth place. They are a half-game up on Peters Township and Bethel Park for the final playoff spot.

Mt. Lebanon (13-6, 7-3) at Peters Township (9-9, 3-6) – 6:00 pm

Following a 6-game winning streak, Mt. Lebanon has dropped their last 2 contests. Peters Township enters losers of 3 straight games. Mt. Lebanon is in second place 2.5 games behind Upper St. Clair. The best Mt. Lebanon can do is split the section title. Peters Township is a half-game behind Baldwin for the final playoff spot in Section 2-6A. Mt. Lebanon won the first matchup on January 9, 55-50.

5A SECTION 1

Kiski Area (7-11, 4-5) at Woodland Hills (10-9, 7-2) – 7:30 pm

Kiski Area has won their last 2 contests and 3 of the last 4. Woodland Hills has won 5 straight games. Kiski Area is a game behind Penn Hills for the final playoff spot in Section 1-5A. Woodland Hills is in second and 2.5 games behind Indiana for the top spot. Woodland Hills won the previous meeting 61-48 on January 10.

5A SECTION 2

Mars (13-4, 7-2) at Shaler (14-5, 5-4) – 6:00 pm

Mars has lost 2 of the last 3 games entering tonight. Shaler comes in with a 4-game winning streak. Mars is currently tied for first with Armstrong in the section. Shaler is a half-game behind Fox Chapel for the final playoff spot. Mars won the first meeting at home 35-34.

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6A SECTION 1

North Allegheny 56, Butler 29

North Allegheny (13-4, 7-1) jumped all over Butler in the first half, taking a 39-11 lead into halftime and coasted to a 56-29 win over Butler (10-9, 4-4). The win keeps North Allegheny tied at the top of the standings while Butler still sits in third place. Kellie McConnell had 15 points for North Allegheny while Caroline Henderson pitched in 12.

Pine-Richland 45, Seneca Valley 34

After a very competitive first half, Pine-Richland (9-9, 3-5) outscored Seneca Valley (5-14, 1-7) 33-18 in the second half and pulled away for a 45-34 victory. The win and Hempfield’s loss now puts Pine-Richland a game up for the final playoff spot with 2 section games remaining. Madison Zavasky had 18 points for Pine-Richland, Sarah Pifer had 16. Emerson Peffer had 15 points for Seneca Valley. Natalie Hambly helped out with 10 points.

Norwin 48, Hempfield 26

Norwin (17-3, 7-1) took a 30-6 lead into the locker room and never looked back as they defeated Hempfield (8-11, 2-6) 48-26. The win for Norwin helps them keep pace for first place with North Allegheny. The loss now has Hempfield outside of the playoff picture a game back of Pine-Richland for the final spot. Lauren Palangio led Norwin with 13 points. Sarah Podkul led Hempfield with 13.

6A SECTION 2

Upper St. Clair 73, Chartiers Valley 44

Upper St. Clair (16-2, 9-0) used a 23-9 third quarter to expand on a 6-point halftime lead and ultimately beat Chartiers Valley (10-7, 6-4) 73-44. The win clinched at least a share of the Section 2-6A title for Upper St. Clair. Chartiers Valley still sits comfortably in third place for the time being. Paige Dellicarri had 15 points for Upper St. Clair. Kate Robbins had 12 points while Rylee Kalocay added 11.

5A SECTION 1

Indiana 68, Franklin Regional 31

Indiana (14-6, 10-0) took advantage of Franklin Regional (6-13, 4-7) playing the second leg of a back-to-back jumping on them early leading 43-12 at halftime and rolling to a 68-31 victory. The win clinched at least a share of the section title for Indiana. Franklin Regional currently sits a game out of a playoff spot. Eve Fiala led all scorers with 29 points, Katie Kovalchick added 21. Sarah Penrod led Franklin Regional with 10 points.

Penn Hills 46, Plum 32

Penn Hills (8-10, 5-6) played lockdown defense most of the night and held off a late Plum (11-8, 5-5) rally to win 46-32. The win for Penn Hills was huge as they now sit a game up on Kiski Area and Franklin Regional for the final playoff spot in Section 1-5A. Penn Hills can also catch Plum as they are now only a half game back of them for third place. Hannah Pugliese scored 15 points for Penn Hills while Egypt Coleman added 13.

5A SECTION 2

Armstrong 48, Hampton 42

In a game that had section title implications all over it, Armstrong (17-3, 8-3) used a big first quarter to keep an arm’s length from Hampton (13-6, 7-3) for the entire night ultimately winning 48-42. The win now puts Armstrong tied for first place with Mars while Hampton sits a half game back of both of them. Emma Paul had 20 points for Armstrong. Meghan Murray threw in 21 points for Hampton while Kat Milon added 11.

North Hills 59, New Castle 50

North Hills (6-13, 1-9) avenged their early season loss to New Castle (4-15, 1-10) holding serve by winning at home 59-50. Taty Bermudez had 15 points for North Hills while Olivia Waters had 14 points and Jayden Arnett added 10. Rihanna Boice scored 18 points for New Castle, Diamond Richardson had 15.

5A SECTION 3

Latrobe 65, Albert Gallatin 46

Latrobe (13-7, 5-5) used a big first and third quarter en route to a 65-46 win over Albert Gallatin (9-11, 3-8). The win give Latrobe a little more breathing room as they now have a 2.5-game lead over Albert Gallatin for the last playoff spot in Section 3-5A. Elle Snyder led all scorers with 22 points for Latrobe. Josie Staigis had 14 points while Carly Berk and Camille Dominick had 12. Mya Glisan had 16 points for Albert Gallatin while Courtney Turner had 14.

Oakland Catholic 77, Penn-Trafford 47

Oakland Catholic (18-2, 11-0) used a very defensive second quarter and then exploded on offense in the third quarter to put away Penn-Trafford (13-5, 6-4) 77-47. The win clinched at least a share of the section title for Oakland Catholic while Penn-Trafford sits in third place. Halena Hills had 17 points for Oakland Catholic. Alexa Washington posted 16 points and Rachel Haver added 14 points. Olivia Pepple led all scorers with 19 points for Penn-Trafford.

McKeesport 62, Thomas Jefferson 37

McKeesport (17-3, 9-1) jumped all over Thomas Jefferson (8-11, 2-8) taking a 44-13 lead into halftime and finishing out with a 62-37 victory. McKeesport is the lone team that can catch Oakland Catholic in the section and they would have to share the title. Rachel Manfredo led the way for McKeesport with 15 points. Brooke Evans added 10. Laekyn Flinn had 17 points for Thomas Jefferson.

5A SECTION 4

Trinity 66, West Allegheny 37

West Allegheny (5-13, 1-7) was able to cut into Trinity’s (13-5, 7-1) lead heading into the fourth quarter but Trinity used a 21-6 final frame to finish off an impressive 66-37 victory. Trinity stays a game behind South Fayette for first place in Section 4-5A. The loss eliminates West Allegheny from playoff contention. Maddy Roberts led Trinity with 17 points. Eden Williamson added 15 points and Ruby Morgan pitched in 14.

Lincoln Park 50, Moon 49

Moon (7-12, 0-8) led most of the first half but a big second half push by Lincoln Park (16-3, 5-3) brought them back for a 50-49 come from behind victory. Lincoln Park sits in third place and has already clinched a playoff spot. Aizlyn Thompson had 15 points for Lincoln Park while Maddie Syka added 11. Maria Depner led Moon with 14 points. Jaedin Griggs added 13 points.

South Fayette 65, Montour 24

South Fayette (17-2, 8-0) played great defense all night not allowing Montour (6-13, 3-5) into double digits in any quarter as they rolled to a 65-24 win. South Fayette remains a game up on Trinity for first place in the section. Even though Montour lost, the West Allegheny loss clinches a playoff spot for Montour as they hold the tiebreaker. Maddie Webber had 18 points for South Fayette. Lainey Yater added 16 points while Ava Leroux pitched in 11 points.