High school basketball roundup: Avella girls hand Carmichaels first section loss

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Julia Carlisle scored all 10 points in the second half and made a driving layup for a three-point play with two minutes to play Thursday night to help seal Avella’s 58-51 victory over Carmichaels in a Section 3-A game.


Carlisle had five points in a third quarter in which Avella (3-0, 7-4) outscored the Mikes (2-1, 11-2), 13-6 to turn the game.


Kenna Drazich had a team-high 15 points for Avella.


Morgan Berardi tossed in a game-high 24 points for the Mikes and Amanda Brown added 13.


Chartiers-Houston 54, Brentwood 40: Ashley and Amanda Balzer combined for 31 points and Chartiers-Houston made 10 of 11 free throws in the fourth quarter to take a 54-40 victory from Brentwood in a Section 4-AA game.


Ashley Balzer had 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Bucs (2-3, 6-5) and sister Amanda poured in 12 points. Tori Foster hit all four free throw attempts in the final 90 seconds.


Delaney Daley led Brentwood (1-5, 6-8) with 12 points.


Burgettstown 43, Beth-Center 32: Kristen Roy and Katie Tarr combined for 25 points to help Burgettstown defeat Beth-Center, 43-32, in a Section 5-AA game that snapped a 13-game losing streak.


Burgettstown had lost 11 in a row this season and the final two games of last season. The last win came against West Greene Feb. 3 to cap a three-game winning streak.


Roy scored 15 points to go with 11 rebounds and Tarr had 10 points for the Blue Devils (1-4, 1-11), who led 24-5 at halftime but were outscored, 27-19, over the final two quarters.


Anna Bartman paced the Bulldogs (0-5, 2-9) with 18 points.


Elizabeth Forward 63, Ringgold 34: Natalie Fekula scored 17 points to lead Elizabeth Forward to a 63-34 victory over Ringgold in a Section 4-AA game.


Allison Pastore added 11 for the Warriors (4-0, 11-1), who led 36-15 at halftime. Eleni Radic scored 10 points for the Rams (3-2, 6-5).


Bishop Canevin 46, Fort Cherry 31: Carly Forse scored a game-high 20 points and undefeated Bishop Canevin broke a halftime tie and pulled away to beat upset-minded Fort Cherry 46-31 in Section 4-AA.


Bishop Canevin (5-0, 11-0) was locked in an 18-18 tie at halftime, but the Crusaders outscored the host Rangers 19-9 in the pivotal third quarter, when Forse scored eight of her points . Duquesne University recruit Erin Waskowiak scored 10 points for Canevin.


Fort Cherry (2-3, 4-5) received 15 points from Jenna Lucas and 12 from Rachel Bellhy, but the rest of the team was held to four points.


South Park 73, Trinity 31: Halie Torris tossed in a game-high 20 points and South Park jumped to a 29-3 first quarter lead on the way to a 73-31 victory over Trinity in a Section 5-AAA game.


Allison McGrath scored 19 and Shelby Lindsay added 14 points for the Eagles (6-0, 11-1).


Rachel Phillis keyed the Hillers (1-4, 2-8) with 12 points.


Charleroi 55, Bentworth 32: Mia Woytovich led the way for Charleroi, scoring 19 points in a 55-32 victory over Bentworth in Section 5-AA.


Corina Gottheld scored 14 for the Cougars and Anjie Tilghman added 12.


Charleroi jumped out to a 35-8 lead before halftime. The victory improved the Cougars’ record to 5-1 in section and 9-5 overall.


Kendra Campbell scored 11 for Bentworth and Taylor Pompei finished with 10. The loss dropped the Bearcats to 2-3 in the section, now tied for fifth place with South Side Beaver (2-3, 4-8), and 4-8 overall.


South Fayette 46, Montour 35: South Fayette held Montour to one point in the first quarter and that helped the Lions take a 46-35 victory in a Section 5-AAA game.


Kristen Hardt led SF (4-2, 6-4) with 12 points. Emily Mastroianni’s 14 points keyed Montour (0-5, 2-10).


Belle Vernon 62, Brownsville 23: Jessica Slagus scored 27 points, had 11 rebounds, three assists, two seals and a block to power Belle Vernon to a 62-23 victory over Brownsville in a Section 4-AA game.


Marissa Boatright led Brownsville (0-6, 4-10) with nine points.


Canon-McMillan 50, West Mifflin 45: Olivia Lorusso scored six of her game-high 19 points in the pivotal fourth quarter and Canon-McMillan rallied in the second half to defeat host West Mifflin 50-45 in a non-section game.


West Mifflin (4-6) scored 20 second-quarter points to take a 31-26 halftime lead, but C-M held the Titans to only 14 second-half points. The Big Macs grabbed a 39-38 lead after three quarters, then pulled away down the stretch.


Brittany Hutchinson scored 10 points for C-M (5-6). Taylor Thomas and Alyssa Cairns each scored nine points for West Mifflin.


Jefferson-Morgan 37, Mapletown 15: Jefferson-Morgan held winless Mapletown scoreless for the entire first half and cruised to a 37-15 victory in Section 3-A.


Jefferson-Morgan (1-2,. 5-7) led 16-0 after one quarter and 27-0 at halftime. Mapletown (0-4, 0-10) outscored the visiting Rockets 10-2 in the third quarter.


Kayla Yorko led J-M with eight points.


Thomas Jefferson 63, Waynesburg 35: Alexis Yanief and Jesse Hinkle each scored 18 points and visiting Thomas Jefferson pulled away in the third quarter for a 63-35 victory over Waynesburg in Section 4-AAA.


Alex Hasis chipped in with 11 points for TJ (2-3, 5-8), which held a 12-point halftime lead and then outscored Waynesburg (0-5, 3-10) 25-3 over the next eight minutes.


Payton Lohr led Waynesburg with 13 points and Danielle Jacobs followed with 11.


California 51, West Greene 40: Courtnee McMasters scored a game-high 21 points and California held off a second-half comeback by West Greene to defeat the Pioneers 51-40 in Section 3-A.


California (2-1, 10-2) led 36-17 at halftime before West Greene (1-2, 8-4) made a charge and trimmed the Trojans’ lead to 38-34 with eight minutes left.


That was as close as West Greene could get as the Pioneers, who were playing their third road game of the week, were held to six fourth-quarter points.


Tristen Conaway scored 12 points for California. West Green was led by Madison Raber, who had 12 points and 17 rebounds. Freshman Sarah Courtwright followed with a career-high 10 points.


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