Reigning WPIAL Champs Wallop Warriors, 63-38

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The reigning WPIAL champion Norwin Knights kept their unblemished record intact to improve to 15-0 with a 63-38 win over the Penn-Trafford Warriors. In the recent history in this Section 1-AAAA rivalry, Penn-Trafford had won 9 of the previous 10 meetings entering last night’s contest. However, the Knights lived up to their lofty status as defending champions and soundly beat their neighborhood foe.

Penn-Trafford kept pace with Norwin in the first quarter and held a 9-8 lead following a Mackenzie Aunkst layup and free throw. That would be the first and only lead of the night for the Warriors as the Knights dictated the action the rest of the way. Norwin was led by senior Alayna Gribble who netted a game-high 19 points. In a strong all-around performance, the Pitt recruit was selected as the Player of the Game by Quad-A Sports.

Gribble, who is already the modern era all-time scoring leader at Norwin, needs just six points in the Knights’ next game versus Connellsville on Friday night to become the school’s career scoring leader regardless of era. The current record of 1,514 points was achieved by Joe McMunn in 1921 at Irwin High School. Norwin was formed in 1958, the combination of Irwin and North Huntington High Schools.

Along with Gribble, junior Danielle McMaster tallied 11 points, including two 3-pointers. Senior Dominique Petach scored 10 points for the Knights. For Penn-Trafford, senior Michelle Bosco scored 17 points, pouring in four 3-pointers on the night.

Norwin remains perfect with a 15-0 overall record and 6-0 mark in Section 1-AAAA. Penn-Trafford slips to 5-9 overall and 4-2 in section play.

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