High school basketball roundup: Pritz, PT take it to the ’House
Gabe Pritz scored a game-high 27 points to power Peters Township to a 66-30 victory over Westinghouse in the Peters Township Tipoff Tournament.
The Indians led 34-14 at halftime and outscored Westinghouse 32-16 over the final two quarters.
Jefferson-Morgan 45, Neighborhood Academy 38: A trio of double figure scorers paced Jefferson-Morgan to a 45-38 victory over Neighborhood Academy in the Jefferson-Morgan Tipoff Tournament.
Jordan Dicks tossed in 16 points to lead the way for J-M. Rece Henneman added 13 and Travis Taylor 13.
Amann Bridgett paced neighborhood Academy with 16 points.
Carmichaels 47, Carlynton 44: An 11-4 run in the third quarter helped Carmichaels take a 47-44 victory from Carlynton in the Jefferson-Morgan Tipoff Tournament.
Sean Smoggie led three Rockets in double figures with 13 points. Brandon Lawless had 11 and Ty Cole added 10.
Chartiers Valley 85, Monessen 43: Chartiers Valley used a 30-point third quarter to bolt to an 85-43 victory over Monessen in the Upper St. Clair Tournament.
Beth-Center 56, Mapletown 43: Zach Miller had a double-double to help Beth-Center to a 56-42 victory over Mapletown in the season-opener for both teams.
Miller scored 15 points and pulled down 21 rebounds for the Bulldogs. Adam Walters had 13 points and Ryan Beyer added 10.
Dereck Riggleman led the Maples with 19 points and Kevin Ridgley scored 11.
Ringgold 60, Charleroi 42: Senior guard John Maldonado scored 14 of his game-high 22 points in the first half and Ringgold opened the season with a 60-42 non-section victory over visiting Charleroi.
Maldonado made four three-pointers in the first half to help the Rams forge a 16-point lead at halftime. Ringgold held Charleroi to five first-half field goals.
Jim Diaz led Charleroi with 13 points.
McGuffey 61, Avella 32: Guards Taylor Pasquariello and Darrell Briggs led four McGuffey players in double figures with 15 points each as the Highlanders advanced to the championship game of their own tournament by defeating Avella 61-32 in the first round.
Jesse McKie scored 12 points and Brennan Crimm had 10 for McGuffey, which forged a 32-13 lead by halftime.
Brandon Miller paced Avella with 16 points.
West Mifflin 65, Monessen 19: Taylor Thomas scored a game-high 24 points and West Mifflin shut out Monessen in the third quarter during a 65-19 victory in the McKeesport Tipoff tournament.
Alyssa Cairns and Abbey Popa each scored 12 points for West Mifflin.
Mariah Ward led the Greyhounds with 12 points.
Serra 62, Fort Cherry 51: George Prota scored 20 points and led a balanced attack as Serra downed Fort Cherry 62-51 in the Serra Tipoff Tournament.
Max Kaminsky had 16 points and Jake Satira 11 for Serra.
Fort Cherry was led by Zak Dysert’s 16 points and Tyreke Brown’s 13.
Western Beaver 55, Chartiers-Houston 54: Western Beaver’s Zach Perry made a basket with 12 seconds remaining, and Chartiers-Houston had a potential game-winning shot from the lane roll off the rim as time expired as the Golden Beavers advanced to the championship game of the McGuffey tournament with a 55-54 victory.
Nick Miller scored a game-high 19 points for Western Beaver. Brandon Sheeler had 13 points and Tracy Brozich added 10. The Golden Beavers overcame a four-point halftime deficit but made only five of 17 free throws.
Shayne Murphy led a balanced C-H attack with 14 points. Alec Ferrari and Miles Williamson followed with 12 points and Codie Hanley had 11. C-H, which couldn’t overcome 20 turnovers.
Jeff-Morgan 40, Neighborhood Academy 32: Jefferson-Morgan used 13 points from Kayla Yorko and a big second quarter to defeat Neighborhood Academy 40-32 and advance to the title game of their own tournament.
J-M trailed 11-8 after one quarter but outscored the visitors 11-2 over the next eight minutes to build a six-point halftime advantage.
Central Valley 58, Peters Township 39:Central Valley had only three players score more than one point, but the production from Seairra Barrett, Madalena Rowan and Kiana Law was significant as the Warriors defeated Peters Township 58-39 in the first round of the Montour tournament.
Barrett scored 22 points, Rowan had 21 and Law contributed 14 for Central Valley, which held PT to only three points in the first quarter but didn’t pull away until the final eight minutes.
Bridget Loether scored 12 points, including three three-pointers, for Peters Township.
McGuffey 77, Fort Cherry 41: Sammi Weiss scored 13 of her game-high 35 points during McGuffey’s big first quarter and the Highlanders cruised to a 77-41 victory over Fort Cherry in the first round of the Rangers’ tournament.
McGuffey will play Quaker Valley for the tournament championship tonight.
Weiss, who also had 11 steals in the game, helped McGuffey race to a 27-8 lead after one quarter. Rachel Czulewicz also had a big game for the Highlanders, scoring 21 points and getting eight steals. Abby Pattison led McGuffey on the boards with 15 rebounds.
Jenna Lucas paced Fort Cherry with 22 points, and Tina Bellhy had 10. The Rangers will play Ringgold in today’s consolation game.
Charleroi 54, Perry 45: Charleroi advanced to the championship game of its own tournament by defeating Perry Traditional Academy 54-45.
Mia Woytovich led Charleroi with a game-high 21 points. Woytovich held Charleroi forge a 19-6 lead after one quarter by scoring seven of her points in the game’s first eight minutes. Corina Gottheld scored 11 points for the Cougars.
Perry received 17 points from Latasha Fortson and 13 from Janelle Barber.
Charleroi struggled at the foul line. The Cougars made only six of 29 free throws.
Waynesburg 53, Beth-Center 18: Danielle Jacobs and Michelle Cesa combined for 33 points to power Waynesburg to a 53-18 victory over Beth-Center in the Jefferson-Morgan Tipoff Tournament.
Jacobs led the way with 17 and Cesa added 16 for the Raiders. Lindsey Huhn had 12 points and 15 rebounds.
Avella 56, Mapletown 10: Aleesha Thomas led three players in double figures as Avella beat Mapletown 56-10 in the Avella tournament.
Thomas scored 14 points, Olivia English added 12 and Alexandria Barr chipped in 11 for the Eagles, who led 28-6 at halftime
Chartiers-Houston 42, Trinity Christian 37: A strong first half sent Chartiers-Houston to a 42-37 victory over Trinity Christian in the Brownsville Tournament.
Ashley Balzer scored 15 points to lead the Bucs, who held a 27-16 edge at halftime. Tori Foster had 12 points for C-H.
Belle Vernon 65, Carmichaels 27: Jessica Slagus tossed in a game-high 24 points to power Belle Vernon to a 65-27 win over Carmichaels in the Charleroi tournament.
Morgan Berardi had a team-high 14 points for Carmichaels.