After missing the South Fayette boys basketball team’s first three games, senior Zach Challingsworth, never one for rest, couldn’t take it any longer.
Challingsworth had planned to sit out the basketball season to rest what doctors originally thought was a sports hernia, but after tests came up negative, Challingsworth, who averaged 15.2 points per game last season, decided to return to the hardwood.
The Pitt football recruit practiced Saturday and Monday before coming off the bench to score four points in 10 minutes during a 64-55 win at Glen Burnie (Md.) Tuesday night.
“I just wanted to finish my senior year the way I had originally planned,” Challingsworth said. “It’s kind of crazy how it all happened.”
Besides Challingsworth, who was never officially prohibited from playing basketball. Evan Bonnaure finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds for South Fayette, including three 3-pointers during a 25-point second quarter for the Lions (3-1).
C.J. Rudisill contributed 17 points, and Lucas Russell added 13 for South Fayette, which will play North County (Md.) today at 5 p.m.
Peters Township 61, Moon 49: Gabe Pritz scored 19 points and pulled down eight rebounds to help Peters Township to a Section 4-AAAA win, despite the fact that the Indians (1-1, 3-3) went just 12 of 27 from the free throw line, including a 4-of-11 performance from Pritz.
Nick Korzi led Moon (1-1, 3-3) with 16 points, and Tyler Crenshaw added 11. Dakota Norton made two 3-pointers and finished with 10 points for Peters.
Charleroi 57, Beth-Center 42: Jim Diaz and Eric Johnson combined for 43 points and six 3-pointers to help Charleroi move to 2-0 in Section 5-AA. Diaz finished with 22 points, Johnson 21, and Matt Indorante contributed 11 for Charleroi, which improved to 2-2 overall by outscoring Beth-Center 37-20 in the second half.
Zach Miller scored 16 points to lead Beth-Center (1-1, 4-1), which suffered its first loss of the year.
California 72, Frazier 29: California made 30 field goals en route to a blowout of visiting Frazier in Section 5-AA. Tanner Huffman led the way with 27 points, and Brian Fisher helped out with 16. Nobody scored in double figures for Frazier (0-2, 1-4).
The Trojans (2-0, 4-0) have won their past three games by an average of 47.7 points per game.
Washington 48, Chartiers-Houston 45: Jaylin Kelly made a 3-pointer with about 15 seconds to go to push Wash High in front for good. Kelly finished with 15 points and made a pair of 3-pointers, while Josh Wise led the Prexies, who improved to 1-0 in Section 4-AA, 5-0 overall, with 19 points.
Alec Ferrari had 14 points for Chartiers-Houston (0-2, 4-4), and Miles Williamson pulled down 14 rebounds.
Canon-McMillan 54, Baldwin 45: Sam Bohn scored all nine of his points during the pivotal third quarter as Canon-McMillan pulled away for a 54-45 victory over host Baldwin in Section 4-AAAA.
Canon-McMillan (1-1-4, 4-3) led 22-17 at halftime, then used Bohn’s production to outscore Baldwin (0-2, 3-3) by a 21-10 margin in the third quarter.
Evan Beach led a balanced C-M offense with 14 points.
A.J. Greco had 13 points for Baldwin, Jake Michaels scored 12 and Arnes Bajgora had 11.
Bentworth 66, West Greene 41: Cody Levine had another big scoring game with 29 points and leading Bentworth to a 66-41 victory over visiting West Greene in Section 5-AA.
Levine, who made 11 field goals, was the only player to score in double figures for Bentworth (1-1, 3-2).
Beau Jackson scored 10 points for West Greene (0-2, 0-4).
Montour 80, McGuffey 35: Devin Wilson led four Montour players in double figures with 18 points and undefeated Montour beat visiting McGuffey 80-35 in Section 5-AAA.
Kevin Sciulli had 15 points and five of the nine three-point field goals made by Montour (2-0, 5-0).
Taylor Pasquariello and Brennan Crimm each scored eight points for McGuffey (0-1, 4-2).
Steel Valley 61, Ringgold 35: Ajan Smith scored 23 points and visiting Steel Valley defeated cold-shooting Ringgold 61-35 in Section 4-AAA.
Steel Valley (2-0, 3-2) held Ringgold (0-2, 1-4) to seven points in each fo the first three quarters.
Ty Pahon scored 10 points for the Ironmen, who made only one of eight free throws.
Demetrius Louis, with 10 points, was the only Ringgold player to score in double figures.
In other games: Chartiers Valley defeated Waynesburg, 84-28; Bishop Canevin got past Burgettstown, 62-43; and Brownsville topped Jefferson-Morgan, 78-46. Results of these games were not made available to the Observer-Reporter.
West Greene 40, Cameron (W.Va.) 31: The Pioneers battled foul trouble for much of the game but erupted in the fourth quarter, outscoring Cameron, 23-3, during the final eight minutes for a non-section win. Madison Raber finished with a game-high 19 points to go along with 11 rebounds. Alyssa Raber had four points and 15 rebounds for West Greene, which improved to 4-1., and Emily Courtwright contributed nine points.
Canon-McMillan 53, Trinity 31: Three players reached double figures, as Canon-McMillan handed Trinity a non-section loss. Danielle Parker led the way with 21 points, Brittany Hutchinson finished with 15, and Olivia Lorusso contributed 13 for the Big Macs, who improved to 3-3.
Lauren Simpson had 11 points for Trinity (1-4).