Girls basketball roundup: McGuffey drops Charleroi in key 5-AA battle
Sammie Weiss scored 16 of her game-high 26 points in the second half to help McGuffey roll to a 61-40 victory over Charleroi Thursday night in a battle of two previously undefeated teams in Section 5-AA.
Weiss had 13 two-point baskets and 10 rebounds for the Highlanders (4-0, 8-1), who led 26-17 at halftime and outscored the Cougars 35-23 over the final two quarters.
Samantha Chadwick had 15 points and Abby Pattison added 13 points and 23 rebounds for the Highlanders.
Mia Woytovich scored 16 points and Angie Tilghman chipped in with 10 to pace Charleroi (3-1, 6-5).
SS Beaver 45, Beth-Center 27: Cheyenne Seik scored 16 points to pace South Side Beaver to a 45-27 victory over Beth-Center in a Section 5-AA game.
Sara Androlia added 11 points for the Rams (2-2, 4-6).
Anna Bartman keyed the offense for Beth-Center (0-3, 2-6) with 10 points.
Fort Cherry 2, Wilkinsburg 0: Fort Cherry received a forfeit from Wilkinsburg in their Section 4-AA game because Wilkinsburg did not have enough healthy players to play the game.
Fort Cherry (2-1, 4-2) wins the game, 2-0. Wilkinsburg fell to 0-4 and 0-8.
Ringgold 42, Thomas Jefferson 35: Josie Schmidt scored 23 points to power Ringgold to a 42-35 victory over Thomas Jefferson in Section 4-AAA.
Schmidt also pulled down eight rebounds for the Rams (2-1, 5-4). Paige Risley led the Jaguars (1-2, 3-7) with 13 points.
Frazier 56, Monessen 40: Frazier put together strong second and third quarters to get past Monessen, 56-50, sending the Greyhounds down to their seventh straight loss.
Cassidy Guiser had 13 points and Jaimie Muccioli 12 for Frazier (1-0, 4-3), who outscored the Greyhounds by eight, 24-16, over the middle two quarters.
Mariah Ward scored 20 points to pace Monessen (0-1, 0-7). Chelsea Szakal had 12 points and 15 rebounds.
Trinity 50, Montour 23: Lauren Simpson connected on three three-point field goals in a 17-point first quarter to propel Trinity to a 50-23 victory over Montour in Section 5-AAA.
Simpson finished with 14 points for the Hillers (1-3, 2-6), who led 29-12 at halftime. Rachel Phillis contributed 11 points.
Emily Diecks and Marisa Gerst each scored seven for Montour (0-3, 2-8).
Carmichaels 55, West Greene 40: Morgan Berardi had a triple-double and Amanda Brown had a double-double to lead Carmichaels to a 55-40 victory over West Greene in a Section 3-A game.
Berardi had 13 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists for the Mikes (1-1, 9-1). Brown scored 21 points and had 12 rebounds.
Madison Raber had a double-double for West Greene (0-1, 6-3), scoring 21 points and pulling down 11 rebounds.
California 39, Jefferson-Morgan 38: California held off a fourth-quarter rally by Jefferson-Morgan and a last second shot by the Rockets bounced off the rim as the Trojans came away with a 39-38 victory in a Section 3-A game.
Courtnee McMasters had 19 points, nine rebounds and five steals for the Trojans (1-0, 9-1). Kristen Conaway had 10 points, seven rebounds, six steals and five assists. Natalie Baron finished with four points and nine rebounds.
Ally Bogden led the Rockets (0-1, 4-5) with 12 points and Kayla Yorko had nine.
Bentworth 56, Burgettstown 50: Bentworth built a 19-point halftime lead, then had to hold off a furious fourth-quarter rally by visiting Burgettstown to beat the Blue Devils 56-50 in Section 5-AA.
Bentworth (2-2, 4-6) led 38-19 at halftime before Burgettstown (0-3, 0-9) rallied in the second half and pulled to within four points in the fourth quarter. However, Karli Kubincanek made a key three-pointer – one of seven threes made by Bentworth – to push the lead back to seven points and enable the Bearcats to even their section record.
Taylor Pompei paced Bentworth with 21 points and Reilly Skerbetz had 19, including three three-pointers.
Mareena Smith scored 15 points for Burgettstown. Bryanna Lonick followed with 13 points and Kristen Roy had 10.
Bishop Canevin 56, Chartiers-Houston 22: Undefeated Bishop Canevin used the one-two punch of Celina DiPiertro and Erin Waskowiak to overpower host Chartiers-Houston 56-22 in Section 4-AA.
DiPiertro scored a game-high 19 points and Waskowiak, a Duquesne University recruit, added 17 points as Bishop Canevin improved to 3-0 in the section and 8-0 overall. The Crusaders have won all of their games by at least 17 points and have not given up 30 points in a game.
Bishop Canevin held Chartiers-Houston (1-3, 4-5) to nine field goals. Ashley Balzer led the Bucs with seven points.
Baldwin 43, Canon-McMillan 36: Mandy Johnston led three Baldwin players in double figures with 17 points and Baldwin held off visiting Canon-McMillan 43-36 in Section 4-AAAA.
Baldwin (1-2, 4-5) won for the first time in section play, but the Highlanders had to fight off the C-M (0-4, 3-5), which trailed by three points at halftime and four entering the fourth quarter. Nikki Corcoran and Amanda Larkin each scored 10 points for Baldwin.
Danielle Parker led the Big Macs with 15 points and Olivia Larusso followed with 13.
Avella 56, Mapletown 12: Olivia English continued her strong start to the season by scoring 25 points and leading Avella to a 56-12 victory over visiting Mapletown in Section 3-A.
English helped Avella (1-0, 5-3) forge leads of 21-1 after one quarter and 40-6 at halftime.
Mapletown, which received seven points from Rachel Buchton, is 0-1, 0-6.
West Mifflin 75, Belle Vernon 66: Taylor Thomas scored 26 points and West Mifflin held off Belle Vernon 75-66 in a foul-filled Section 4-AA game.
West Mifflin (2-0, 3-5) broke a halftime tie and took a seven-point advantage after three quarters. Belle Vernon (2-1, 6-3) pulled to within two points with two minutes remaining, but West Mifflin protected the lead by making 14 of 18 free throws in the fourth quarter. For the game, West Mifflin made 21 of 29 free throws. The Leopards made 27 of 40 free throws.
Jessica Slagus and Tiernie Singleton each scored 17 points for Belle Vernon.