Girls basketeball roundup: Avella edges California in double OT
Lauren Craig had a key steal and layup with less than 30 seconds remaining as Avella outlasted California, 60-57, in double overtime in a high school girls Section 3-A girls basketball game Thursday night.
Olivia English had 17 points, while Julia Carlisle added 14, including three key free throws in overtime, for the Eagles (5-0, 9-4).
Courtnee McMasters led California (3-2, 11-3), which was just 9 of 28 from the foul line, with 30 points.
Jefferson-Morgan 53, West Greene 47: Jefferson-Morgan’s Kayla Yorko scored 21 points and the Rockets made 11 fourth-quarter free throws to hold off visiting West Greene 53-47 in Section 3-A.
Yorko made five three-point field goals in the game and helped J-M (2-3, 6-8) build a 39-35 lead after three quarters. West Greene (1-4, 8-7) managed to pull to within one point in the fourth quarter, but J-M’s free-throw shooting and three-pointer by Yorko kept the Rockets in the lead. Nicole Venick was 4-for-4 at the free-throw line in the final quarter.
Ally Bogdan scored 16 points for J-M.
West Greene’s Madison Raber scored a game-high 24 points, and Alyssa Raber followed with 10.
Carmichaels 54, Mapletown 11: Morgan Berardi had a triple-double and Carmichaels cruised to a 54-11 victory over host Mapletown in Section 3-A.
Berardi scored a game-high 16 points, collected 13 steals and had 10 assists for the Mikes (4-1, 13-2). Amanda Brown had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Caroline Cree scored 14 points.
Mapletown is 0-5 in section and 0-11 overall.
Washington 46, Bentworth 34: Mya Gordon’s 14 points helped Washington to a 46-34 Section 5-AA win over Bentworth.
Alyah Moye added 10 points for the Prexies (5-2, 8-6), who used a 16-5 run in the second quarter to take control of the game.
Reilly Skerbetz led Bentworth (2-5, 4-10) with eight points.
Charleroi 56, Beth-Center 33: Anjie Tilghman had 16 points as Charleroi pulled away from Beth-Center in the second half for a 56-33 Section 5-AA victory.
Mia Woytovich added 14 points for the Cougars (6-1, 11-5), who opened the second half on a 21-11 run.
Brianna Whitlow had 10 points to pace Beth-Center (1-6, 3-10).
Trinity 48, Keystone Oaks 42: Trinity’s defense tightened in the second half and Lauren Simpson fueled the offense as the Hillers rallied for a 48-42 victory over Keystone Oaks in Section 5-AAA.
Trinity (2-5, 4-9) trailed by nine points after one quarter and by 29-22 at halftime. But the Hillers allowed only 13 second-half points, and Simpson scored 12 of her team-high 14 points after intermission. Simpson’s two free throws with less than three minutes left put Trinity ahead for good.
Maryssa Argus scored 17 points for KO (3-4, 8-6).
Elizabeth Forward 64, Waynesburg 14: Dana Buck had 17 points and Elizabeth Forward raced out to a 46-12 halftime lead en route to a 64-14 Section 4-AAA win over Waynesburg.
Natale Sehula added 10 points for the Warriors (6-0, 13-1).
Payton Lohr led Waynesburg (0-7, 3-12) with seven points.
Belle Vernon 48, Ringgold 29: Phacera DeWitte had 12 points to lead Belle Vernon past Ringgold, 48-29, in a Section 4-AAA game.
Jessica Slagas added 10 points for the Leopards (5-2, 9-4).
Bailey Cooper and Josie Schmidt had 10 points each for Ringgold (3-4, 6-8).
Seton-La Salle 82, Chartiers-Houston 40: Seton-La Salle led 49-14 at the half and cruised to an 82-40 Section 4-AA win over Chartiers-Houston.
Cassidy Walsh had 18 points, while Naje Gibson added 16, for Seton-La Salle (7-0, 13-1).
Amanda Balzer led the Bucs (3-4, 8-6) with 12 points.
Fort Cherry 38, Brentwood 32: Jenna Lucas sparked a fourth-quarter comeback by Fort Cherry and the Rangers won at Brentwood, 38-32, in Section 4-AA.
Brentwood (1-6, 7-9) led 29-24 entering the fourth quarter, but Lucas scored eight of her team-high 16 points over the final eight minutes to fuel FC’s comeback. Rachel Bellhy scored 12 points and pulled own 17 rebounds for the Rangers (3-4, 5-6), and Tina Bellhy had 11 rebounds.
Laura McGowan had a big game for Brentwood with 16 points.
South Side Beaver 50, Burgettstown 40: Cheyenne Seik scored 15 points and South Side Beaver overcame some poor free-throw shooting to defeat host Burgettstown 50-40 in Section 5-AA.
Sarah Androtia scored 10 points for SSB (3-4, 5-10), which ended a four-game losing streak. The Rams won despite making only nine of 29 free throws.
Katie Tarr led Burgettstown (1-7, 1-14) with 12 points and Kristen Roy followed with 11.
Clairton 49, Monessen 46: Kamara Townes hit six three-pointers and scored 24 points as Clairton held off Monessen, 49-46, in a Section 4-A game.
Justice Hall added 10 points for Clairton (2-3, 5-7), which trailed be two entering the fourth quarter.
Mariah Ward led Monessen (2-3, 3-9) with 25 points.
Mt. Lebanon 57, Canon-McMillan 23: Canon-McMillan’s offense disappeared in the second half and Mt. Lebanon pulled away over the final 16 minutes to defeat the cold-shooting Big Macs, 57-23, in Section 4-AAAA.
Canon-McMillan (1-6, 6-7) led 10-8 after one quarter trailed by only three points, 22-19, at halftime. But Mt. Lebanon (6-1, 13-2) held the Big Macs scoreless in the third quarter and outscored the visitors 23-4 over the final eight minutes.
Alex Ventrone led Lebo with a game-high 22 points. Olivia Larusso scored eight points for C-M, which dressed only eight players because of injuries.
Steel Valley 48, Peters Township 34: Steel Valley scored half of its points during a 24-11 third-quarter run en route to a 48-34 non-section win over Peters Township.
C.C. Dixon had 17 points, while Lacey Gori added 14, for Steel Valley (9-4).
Bridgette Loether led Peters Township (3-10), which led 14-9 at the half, with 10 points.