RECAP: 2/10/23

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Central Catholic 59, North Allegheny 42

Central Catholic (13-8, 7-3) used a defensive second and third quarter to get revenge on North Allegheny (8-12, 3-7) 59-42 at home on Friday night. North Allegheny had won the previous matchup this season. Central Catholic finishes in second place in Section 1-6A. Randy Wilkerson led Central Catholic with 21 points. Anthony Sciote and Joey Dopirak each had 11 points for North Allegheny.

New Castle 65, Seneca Valley 60

Seneca Valley (9-11, 4-6) hung tough all night long but New Castle (19-2, 9-1) was able to keep them at arm’s length and comes away with the 65-60 victory. Both teams already clinched playoff berths and New Castle had already clinched the section title. Jonathan Anderson had 20 points for New Castle while Nick Wallace had 11. Luke Lawson led Seneca Valley with 28 points. Aiden Lyczek added 11 points and Connor Oros pitched in 10.

Pine-Richland 76, Butler 72

Even though they will not be in the postseason, Pine-Richland (6-15, 2-8) finished the season strong with an impressive 76-72 victory over Butler (14-7, 5-5) at home. Butler has already clinched a playoff berth. Emery Moye had 21 points for Pine-Richland. Andrew Lamendola had 20 points, Joshn Gimbel had 17 points and Owen Luellen added 12. Braylon Littlejohn scored 22 points for Butler. Donavan Carney added 21 and Colin Casteel had 12 points.


Norwin 56, Hempfield 47

Norwin (13-8, 5-5) jumped out to a double-digit lead at halftime and hung on for a 56-47 win at Hempfield (8-14, 3-7) on Friday night. Norwin had already clinched a playoff berth. The loss eliminates Hempfield from the playoffs. Adam Bilinsky led Norwin with 27 points, including his 1,000th career point. Harry Sowers and Drew Gordon each had 18 points for Hempfield.

Upper St. Clair 66, Baldwin 64 (OT)

It wasn’t easy, but Upper St. Clair (14-8, 9-1) was able to come back from a double-digit first quarter deficit to pull out the overtime win 66-64 against Baldwin (12-9, 5-5) to clinch the Section 2-6A title for themselves. Baldwin had already clinched a playoff spot. Devin Hall led the way for Upper St. Clair with 22 points. Nick Sukernek added 15 points and Matthew Gaither pitched in 14. James Wesling led Baldwin with 22 points. Nate Wesling had 14 points and Matt Schenk added 12.

Mt. Lebanon 58, Canon-McMillan 38

Mt. Lebanon (14-7, 8-2) took care of business Friday night dominating Canon-McMillan (0-10, 3-19) 58-38. Mt. Lebanon almost got the helped they needed to clinch a share of the section title but will have to settle for second place after Upper St. Clair won their game in overtime. Lucas Garofoli had 16 points for Mt. Lebanon. Nathaniel Girod had 14 points while Brody Barber added 13.


Thomas Jefferson 91, Connellsville 26

Thomas Jefferson (14-7, 7-2) jumped out to a 59-15 lead at the half and coasted with a running clock in the second half to a 91-26 win over Connellsville (0-22, 0-10). Thomas Jefferson has already clinched a playoff berth. Evan Berger had 18 points for Thomas Jefferson. Ryan Lawry added 17 points and Brody Evans pitched in 15 points. Jayden McBride had 11 points for Connellsville.

Trinity 74, Ringgold 50

Trinity (9-12, 4-6) used great defense in the first half to pile up a lead that Ringgold (4-18, 2-8) could not come back from and rolled to a 74-50 win on Friday night. Trinity had already clinched a playoff berth. The loss eliminates Ringgold from playoff contention. Owen Wayman led Trinity with 16 points. Drew Collins had 13 points, Jacob Dunkle had 12 points and Tim Hodges added 11. Remington Lessman had 12 points for Ringgold. Lorenzo Glasser added 10.

Peters Township 72, Bethel Park 45

With the section title on the line, Peters Township (18-3, 9-1) left no doubt who is the top team in Section 1-5A jumping out to a 22-7 lead after a quarter and rolling Bethel Park (12-7, 7-2) 72-45. It’s the first section title for Peters Township since 2009. Jack Dunbar led the way with 22 points for Peters Township while Brendan McCullough added 13. Shawn Davis led Bethel Park with 13 points while Michael Mathias pitched in 12.


Armstrong 48, Plum 37

Armstrong (12-9, 3-7) took a 2-point lead heading into the fourth quarter and used a 21-12 final frame to pull away from Plum (6-16, 1-9) 48-37. Both teams are out of playoff contention. Cadin Olsen and Isaiah Riggle each had 11 points for Armstrong. Ian Olsen added 10 points. Adam Kotvas led Plum with 14 points.

Shaler 60, Fox Chapel 50

In a game that was tight most of the night, Shaler (16-6, 7-3) used a 13-4 third quarter to get the separation they needed for a 60-50 win over Fox Chapel (13-8, 5-5). Both teams are already in the playoffs. Keegan Smetanka and Kaden Orga each had 11 points for Shaler. Joe DeSabato and Brandon London each had 10. Jefferson Moorefield-Brown led Fox Chapel with 12 points. Kam Greil added 10 points.

Woodland Hills 55, Penn Hills 40

Woodland Hills (14-8, 5-5) made a statement to finish section play handling the Section 2-5A champions Penn Hills (16-3, 9-1) 55-40 Friday night at home. Woodland Hills has clinched a playoff berth as well. Chaz Cobbs led all scorers with 32 points for Woodland Hills. Daemar Kelly led Penn Hills with 16 points and Noah Barren added 10.


McKeesport 61, Franklin Regional 57

McKeesport (9-10, 6-4) got back on track with a 61-57 win at home on Friday night against Franklin Regional (9-12, 3-7). McKeesport finishes in second place in the section. The loss eliminates Franklin Regional from playoff contention. Travarese Rowe had 24 points for McKeesport. Aemond Knight added 11 points. Cooper Rankin led Franklin Regional with 18 points. Fin Hutchinson added 15 points while Max Leven pitched in 13.

Penn-Trafford 61, Kiski Area 51

In a must-win situation, Penn-Trafford (7-15, 4-6) got it done defeating Kiski Area (11-11, 5-5) 61-51 to clinch themselves a playoff berth. Kiski Area came into the game already clinching a playoff berth. Jason Sabol had 18 points for Penn-Trafford while Zach Feldman added 17. Isaiah Gonzalez led Kiski Area with 25 points.


South Fayette 60, West Allegheny 38

South Fayette (12-9, 5-5) needed a win or Chartiers Valley loss to get into the postseason and took matters into their own hands beating West Allegheny (8-14, 1-9) 60-38 on Friday night on the road. Elijah Hill had 19 points for South Fayette. Michael Plasko added 17 points and Gavin Orosz added 11. Roman Police had 11 points for West Allegheny.

Moon 63, Mars 60

Moon (12-9, 6-4) gained some momentum to finish off section play taking down Mars (14-7, 6-4) 63-60 on the road. Both teams are in the playoffs. Elijah Guillory led Moon with 23 points. Luca Michnowicz added 12 points and Michael Santicola pitched in 10. Tasso Sfanos had 24 points for Mars while Ryan Ceh added 17.

North Hills 76, Chartiers Valley 70

North Hills (17-5, 8-2) held off a late Chartiers Valley (15-7, 4-6) push for a 76-70 win at home on Friday night. The win clinched the section title for North Hills outright. The loss eliminated Chartiers Valley. Royce Parham led North Hills with 35 points. Jayden Thomas added 14 points and Michael Hoskey pitched in 11. Jaydin Davis had 40 points for Chartiers Valley while Drew Silva had 10.



Peters Township 59, Canon-McMillan 31

Peters Township (11-10, 5-7) jumped out to a 30-11 lead at halftime and rolled to a 59-31 win against Canon-McMillan (5-15, 1-11) Friday night. With the win, Peters Township clinched a playoff berth. Natalie Wetzel led Peters Township with 22 points. Gemma Walker added 13. Lauren Borella had 12 points for Canon-McMillan.


Shaler 40, Fox Chapel 36

The game of the night on the girls side of things as the winner was in the playoffs and the loser was eliminated. It was tightly contested all night long as expected but Shaler (16-6, 7-5) made a couple more plays than Fox Chapel (12-9, 6-6) to pull out the 40-36 win. Haley Kostorick and Bayleigh Pugh each had 10 points for Shaler. Bella Urso had 10 points for Fox Chapel.


Penn-Trafford 51, Latrobe 45

In a game between two teams that already clinched playoff berths, Penn-Trafford (14-6, 7-5) got a little more momentum heading into the playoffs with a 51-45 victory over Latrobe (14-8, 6-6) Friday night at home. Olivia Pepple led Penn-Trafford with 26 points. Camille Dominick and Elle Snyder each had 12 points for Latrobe while Josie Straigis had 10 points.


Lincoln Park 69, Ambridge 24

Lincoln Park (18-4) used a 31-5 first quarter and never allowed more than 8 points in a quarter en route to a 69-24 victory over Ambridge (1-21). Lincoln Park will be in the WPIAL 5A playoffs. Aizlyn Thompson had 16 points for Lincoln Park while Mikayla Newsome added 15. Alivea Bupp had 14 points for Ambridge.

Trinity 62, Albert Gallatin 53

Albert Gallatin (10-12) had a 7-point lead heading into the fourth quarter but Trinity (15-6) stormed back with a 22-6 final frame to defeat Albert Gallatin 62-53. Trinity finished in second place in Section 4-5A and will be in the playoffs. Albert Gallatin finished in fifth place in Section 3-5A.