High School Basketball: Indians fall short at USC
Peters Township missed a shot at the buzzer and narrowly avoided pulling off its second upset of the week, losing 37-36 to Upper St. Clair in a Section 4-AAAA high school boys basketball game Friday night.
Down 36-34, the Indians (5-7, 8-11), who knocked off Bethel Park earlier this week, put USC (10-1, 15-3) on the line, where the Panthers made one of two shots. But USC fouled Gabe Pritz, who had 12 points, and he made both shots to pull the Indians within one.
The Indians fouled again and the Panthers missed the free throws, but an 18-foot shot at the buzzer failed to connect as Upper St. Clair held on for the win.
J.J. Conn had 14 points and Jordan Grabowski 12 for the winners. Jake Blandino had 12 points in the losing effort.
Baldwin 54, Trinity 43: Trinity was outscored, 17-10, at Baldwin in the second quarter and wound up suffering a costly 54-43 loss in Section 4-AAAA.
Christian Koroly led the Hillers (4-8, 10-10) with 14 points, and Berton Miller added 10.
Arnez Bajgora scored a game-high 21 points for Baldwin (3-9, 7-13). A.J. Greco helped out with 16.
Burgettstown 49, Fort Cherry 44: Josh Mack’s 19 points helped Burgettstown ease a 17-5 first quarter deficit en route to a 49-44 Section 4-AA win over Fort Cherry.
Ryan Glover added 16 points for the Blue Devils (5-5, 10-10), who kept their playoff hopes alive with the win.
Jeremy Lucas had 16 points and Tyreke Brown 12 for Fort Cherry (1-8, 3-14).
California 78, West Greene 27: Tanner Huffman’s 21 points led California past winless West Greene, 78-27, in a Section 5-AA.
Brian Fisher added 18 points and Dmitri Clements had 13 for California (12-0, 17-2).
Bray Jackson led West Greene (0-12, 0-17) with 11 points.
Brownsville 72, Beth-Center 62: Ryan Novotny had 19 points as Brownsville held off Beth-Center, 72-60, in a Section 5-AA game.
Mike Murdock had 14 points, while Christian Floyd added 13 for Brownsville (9-3, 14-5).
Dean Holt (19 points), Anthony Gilpin (17) and Adam Walter (13) were in double digits for Beth-Center (5-6, 9-9).
Charleroi 56, Frazier 41: Ryan Konek had 14 points and 14 rebounds to lead four players in double-figures during Charleroi’s 56-41 win over Frazier in Section 5-AA.
Matt Indorante also finished with 14 points and converted four three-pointers. Eric Johnson and Jim Diaz helped out with 12 points apiece for Charleroi, which improved to 10-2, 12-6.
Charles Mannick scored 13 points for Frazier (2-9, 4-13).
Bentworth 78, Jefferson-Morgan 75: Jefferson-Morgan’s Travis Taylor had a triple-double with 28 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, but the Rockets still suffered a 78-75 loss to visiting Bentworth in overtime in Section 5-AA.
A big reason for that was the play of Chris Blackburn and Cody Levine, who both finished with 27 points for Bentworth (4-7, 7-11).
The teams were tied at 68 after regulation, but the Bearcats outscored Jefferson-Morgan (4-7, 9-10), 10-7, in the extra period.
East Allegheny 73, Ringgold 58: Jordan Williams had 22 points and Joel Randolph added 21 to help East Allegheny down Ringgold, 73-58, in a Section 4-AAA game.
The loss drops the Rams’ record to 1-10, 2-17.
John Maldonado scored 21 points for Ringgold. Donnie Henderson had 13, and Brandon Gilliam chipped in with 11.
South Fayette 61, McGuffey 37: The teams combined for 20 three-pointers, but C.J. Rudisill’s 27-point, 12-rebound night proved to be the difference, helping South Fayette to a 61-37 win in Section 5-AAA.
Evan Bonnaure added 13 points for the Lions, who improved to 8-2, 12-6.
Taylor Pasquariello led McGuffey (1-9, 7-12) with 13 points. The Highlanders had just two two-point field goals, the rest threes.
Carmichaels 62, Geibel Catholic 35: Brandon Lawless had 33 points to lead Carmichaels past Geibel Catholic, 62-35, in a Section 3-A game.
Sean Smogie added 10 points for the Mikes (5-3, 15-4) as head coach Don Williams won his 450th game.
Aaron Augustini had 19 points for Geibel (1-6, 2-14).
Seton-La Salle 63, Washington 50: Seton-La Salle won the rematch with Washington to remain unbeaten in Section 4-AA, beating the Prexies for the second time this season, 63-50.
Seton-La Salle is now 9-0, 17-2, while Washington falls to 6-4, 14-6. No further information was provided.
Charleroi 40, Burgettstown 18: Mia Woytovich had 15 points, 12 rebounds and 10 steals to lead Charleroi to a 40-18 win over Burgettstown in Section 5-AA. The win helped the Cougars improve to 9-2, 14-6.
Burgettstown got nine points from Kristen Roy but still fell to 1-9, 2-17.
Chartiers-Houston 63, Avella 39: Amanda Balzer had 16 points and Addisen Knetzer posted a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds, as Chartiers-Houston topped Avella, 63-39, in a non-section game.
Megan Kraushaar finished with 10 points, while Ashley Balzer and Tori Foster added nine apiece for the Bucs, who improved to 11-8.
Olivia English scored 16 points for Avella (11-8), and Kenna Drazich added 13.
Chartiers-Houston led, 42-23, at halftime and never looked back.
Bentworth 54, Jefferson-Morgan 37: Taylor Pompei scored 35 points to lead Bentworth to a 54-37 home win over Jefferson-Morgan in a non-section game.
Pompei had three three-pointers, part of seven Bentworth (7-12) had on the night.
Kayla Yorko led Jefferson-Morgan (7-11) with 10 points.