Penn Hills Sweeps Woodlands, Both Teams Take Over First Place
As they say over in Penn Hills, “It’s A Great Day To Be An Indian”. Tuesday night was a great night to be an Indian as the Penn Hills boys and girls basketball teams swept section rival, Woodland Hills, to take over first place in its respective sections.
The girls team won 68-41, followed by the boys 79-57 triumph.
For the girls, Woodland Hills held a 14-10 lead after the first quarter, but it was all Penn Hills from there. The Indians outscored the Wolverines 22-13 in the second quarter to take a 32-27 halftime lead. The Indians outscored them 36-15 in the second half.
Leading the way was senior Tayonna Robertson with 20 points. Senior Adia Brisker finished with 15 points. Woodland Hills was led by freshman Jazmine Dunn with 10 points.
With the win, the Penn Hills girls team improves to 11-3 overall and 7-0 in the section. They will look for their seventh straight win on Thursday in a section game at Penn-Trafford. Woodland Hills falls to 6-7 overall and 5-2 in the section. The Wolverines will host Oakland Catholic in a section game on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
The beginning of the boys game was eerily similar to the girls. Woodland Hills was able to hang in for a quarter, but it was all Penn Hills after that.
Trailing 16-15 after one, the Indians outscored the Wolverines 27-9 in the second quarter, highlighted by a 16-0 run that opened the game up.
The Wolverines struggled from the field, converting on 21 of 60 (35 percent) of their shots. Penn Hills was 31 of 59 (52 percent) and 16 of 21 from the free-throw line.
Sophomore Wes Kropp led Penn Hills with 22 points. Tyree Spencer and Kryee Hairston-Mitchell each poured in 18 points.
The WPIAL’s leading scorer, Woodland Hills’ Keandre Bowles finished with a game-high 34 points.
With the win, the Penn Hills boys team improves to 11-2 overall and 6-2 in the section. The Indians will go for their fifth straight win on Friday when they host Fox Chapel in a non-section game at 7:30 p.m. Woodland Hills drops to 9-2 overall and 5-1 in the section. The Wolverines had their eight game winning streak snapped with the loss. They will look to start a new one on Friday in a section game at Gateway at 7:30 p.m.