High school basketball: Avella girls stay unbeaten in section with 43-42 win

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Madison Raber finished with 30 points and 18 rebounds Monday night, but it wasn’t enough as Avella moved to 4-0 in Section 3-A, 8-4 overall with a 43-42 win over West Greene.


McKenna Drazich led the Eagles with 10 points, and Olivia English added eight.


Alyssa Raber added 18 rebounds for West Greene (1-2, 8-4). Emily Stoll and Emily Courtwright had 10 rebounds apiece for West Greene, which led, 30-24, after three quarters.


Madison Raber made a three-pointer with a few seconds remaining, though the Pioneers weren’t able to send Avella, the first-place team in Section 3-A, back to the free throw line.


Canon-McMillan 54, Peters Township 48: Olivia Lorusso scored 17 points and Abby Gillespie added 15 for Canon-McMillan, which earned its first Section 4-AAAA win with a 54-48 victory over Peters Township.


Brittany Hutchinson added 11 points and Gabrielle Trest nine for the Big Macs, who are now 1-5, 6-6.


Madison Kerr led Peters Township (0-6, 3-10) with 13 points. Bridget Loether contributed 11, while Cam Morgan and Casey Cogley each had 10.


Canon-McMillan trailed, 25-17, at halftime but outscored the Indians, 39-22, in the second half for the win.


McGuffey 66, South Side Beaver 46: Sophomore Sammie Weiss, the area’s leading scorer, had a game-high 27 points and McGuffey remained undefeated in Section 5-AA with a 66-46 victory over visiting South Side Beaver.


McGuffey (6-0, 12-1) pulled away in the middle quarters, outscoring SSB 41-23 to take a commanding 55-33 lead into the final eight minutes. The Highlanders have won nine in a row and are unbeaten at home.


McGuffey had three players with double-doubles: Rachel Czulewicz (10 points, 10 steals and eight assists), Sam Chadwick (10 points and 10 rebounds) and Abby Pattison (10 points and 10 rebounds).


Sophomore Cheyenne Seik led SSB (2-4, 4-10) with 18 points. Sam Gibson had 13.


Chartiers-Houston 52, Fort Cherry 35: Junior Addisen Knetzer scored 14 of her 16 points in the first half and Chariers-Houston moved into sole possession of fourth place in Section 4-AA with a 52-35 victory over visiting Fort Cherry.


Knetzer, who also had 11 rebounds, helped C-H build a 31-16 halftime lead.


Ashley Balzer also had a double-double for the Bucs (3-3, 8-5) with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Amanda Balzer also scored 10 points. C-H has won four in a row.


Rachel Bellhy paced Fort Cherry (2-4, 4-6) with 16 points and her sister, Tina Bellhy, followed with 12 points.


Beth-Center 40, Bentworth 31: Anna Bartman had a big game, scoring a game-high 19 points and helping Beth-Center pull away in the second half for its first Section 5-AA victory, 40-31 at Bentworth.


Beth-Center (1-5, 3-9), which ended its five-game losing streak, led 91-18 at halftime, then outscored the host Bearcats 14-4 in the pivotal third quarter.


Taylor Pompei scored 13 points to lead Bentworth (2-4, 4-9).


Carmichaels 61, Jefferson-Morgan 29: Caroline Cree scored a career-high 22 points while also adding eight rebounds and five blocks, as Carmichaels cruised to a 61-29 victory over Jefferson-Morgan in Section 3-A.


Morgan Berardi finished with six points, 11 assists and four steals for the Mikes, who are now 3-1, 12-2. Amanda Brown had 16 points.


Anna Cree, playing for the first time since a season-opening loss to Belle Vernon, contributed two points.


Kayla Yorko paced Jefferson-Morgan (1-3, 5-8) with 10 points.


California 65, Mapletown 20: Tristen Conaway scored a game-high 20 points, Courtney McMasters added 15 points, seven assists and five rebounds, and California thumped Mapletown, 65-20.


Conaway added seven steals and five assists for the Trojans, who improved 3-1, 11-2.


Tiffani Sigley led Mapletown (0-4, 0-10) with eight points.


Monessen 58, Geibel 16: Mariah Ward scored 23 points and Monessen won its third consecutive game, 58-16 over visiting Geibel Catholic, in Section 4-A.


Monessen (2-2, 3-8) held Geibel to two first-quarter points and raced to a 34-9 lead at halftime. Karly Judy led Geibel (0-4, 2-11) with nine points.


Elizabeth Forward 55, Belle Vernon 49: Jessica Slagus had 21 points and 12 rebounds, but the Leopards fell to Elizabeth Forward, 55-49, in Section 4-AAA. Kaitlyn Slagus added nine points and 19 rebounds for the Leopards, who fell to 4-2, 8-4.


Dana Buck led Elizabeth Forward (5-0, 12-1) with 24 points.


South Fayette 53, Trinity 40: The Lions improved to 4-2 in Section 5-AAA and 7-4 overall with a 53-40 win over Trinity. Emily Anderson scored a game-high 23 points, and Caitlin McLuckie added 11 for South Fayette, which outscored the Hillers, 17-8, in the final period to pull away.


Brittney Ross led Trinity (1-5, 2-9) with 12 points.


Brownsville 45, Waynesburg 32: Brownsville outscored Waynesburg, 16-0, in the third quarter en route to a 45-32 victory in Section 4-AAA.


Danielle Jacobs led Waynesburg (0-6, 3-11) with 10 points, and Kirsten Garber added eight.


Maris Seto scored a game-high 14 points for Brownsville (1-5, 5-9).


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