Basketball roundup: Charleroi upsets California; playoff berth for West Greene girls
Brandon Bowman had 15 points as host Charleroi finished off its regular season with a 71-66 win over Section 5-AA champion California in a meeting of playoff-bound boys basketball teams Friday night.
Eric Johnson added 14 points for the Cougars, who finish in second place behind the Trojans with a 12-2 section record and 14-6 overall mark. Charleroi also received nine points each from Jim Diaz and Matt Indorante.
Tanner Huffman scored 17 points, Demetri Clements 15 and Brian Fisher 14 for California (13-1, 18-3), which had been looking to complete its section season unbeaten.
Jefferson-Morgan 57, West Greene 34: Travis Taylor had 15 points and Jefferson-Morgan wrapped up a playoff spot in Section 5-AA with a 57-34 win over host West Greene.
Rece Henneman and Dom Cage added 10 points each for the Rockets (6-8, 11-11), who finished in a tie for fourth place with Beth-Center for the final playoff spot in Section 5-AA.
Dustin Shough had 13 points for West Greene (0-14, 0-19).
Chartiers Valley 60, South Fayette 43: Matt McConnell had 20 points to lead Chartiers Valley to a 60-43 win over South Fayette in Section 5-AAA.
Michael Boulos added 15 points, while Spencer Cason had 10 for the section-champion Colts (11-1, 19-2).
Zach Challingsworth had 11 points and Evan Bonnaure added 10 for the Lions, who finished third in the section with an 8-4 record to go along with their 12-8 overall record.
Carmichaels 76, Mapletown 51: Carmichaels scored 52 second-half points and pulled away for a 76-51 victory over visiting Mapletown in Section 3-A.
Carmichaels (7-3, 17-4) led by only 24-22 at halftime but stretched the advantage to 45-34 after three quarters, then scored 31 points during the final eight minutes.
Carmichaels won despite a 35-point performance by Mapletown’s Dereck Riggleman, who made five three-point field goals.
Brandon Lawless led four Carmichaels players in double figures with 20 points. Josh Mundell scored 10 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter, Sean Smoggie contributed 12 points and Ty Cole had 11. Lawless scored 14 points in the pivotal second second half.
McGuffey 69, Waynesburg 50: McGuffey broke open a close game over the final eight minutes and pulled away for a 69-50 victory over visiting Waynesburg in Section 5-AAA.
McGuffey was locked in a 25-25 tie at halftime and led by only two points heading into the fourth quarter. The Highlanders, however, outscored the Raiders 25-8 down the stretch.
Darrell Briggs led the way for McGuffey (2-10, 9-13) with a game-high 22 points. Brennan Crimm followed with 18 points and Jesse McKee tossed in 14. McGuffey finished the season by winning two of its final three games.
Adam Fox and John Glenn Davis each scored 13 points for Waynesburg, and Dominick Sarra had 10.
Chartiers-Houston 64, Fort Cherry 58: Dylan Pounds led a balanced scoring attack with 13 points as Chartiers-Houston outlasted Fort Cherry, 64-48, in a Section 4-AA game.
Kodie Hanley and Miles Williamson added 12 points each, while Alec Ferrari had 11 for the Bucs (3-0, 7-14).
Zak Dysert led Fort Cherry (1-11, 3-17) with 16 points, while Jeremy Lucas and Tyreke Brown had 12 and 11, respectively, in the losing effort.
Ringgold 81, Yough 66: Ringgold scored 56 second-half points and ended a six-game losing streak with an 81-66 victory over host Yough in a non-section game.
Ringgold (3-18) trailed 26-25 at halftime, then outscored the Cougars 24-16 in the third quarter and 32-24 in the fourth.
The Rams had five players score in double figures, led by Nico Law with 22 points. Brandon Gilliam scored 15 of his 20 points in the Rams’ big second half, John Maldonado finished with 16 and Demetrius Louis and Donnie Henderson each had 10.
Yough (8-14) received a game-high 31 points from Ben D’Amico and 22 from Dom Miele.
West Greene 38, Jefferson-Morgan 34: The final surge of the game and a playoff spot belonged to West Greene.
The Pioneers outscored visiting Jefferson-Morgan 11-6 in the fourth quarter to rally for a 38-34 victory in a Section 3-A game, clinching a WPIAL playoff berth for West Greene.
After forging a 24-14 halftime lead, West Greene was outscored 14-3 in the third quarter and fell behind 28-27. The Pioneers regained the lead early in the fourth quarter and maintained it to the end.
Madison Raber scored 15 points as West Greene (4-6, 12-9) clinched a playoff berth for the second consecutive year and finished the regular season with the program’s best record since the 1999-2000 season.
Jefferson-Morgan (4-6, 9-13), which clinched a playoff berth when it upset section runner-up Carmichaels earlier this week, was led by Kayla Yorko’s 15 points.
Carmichaels 79, Mapletown 18: Morgan Berardi, Amanda Brown and Rachel Rankin combined for 62 points as playoff-bound Carmichaels rolled over winless Mapletown 79-18 in a Section 3-A game.
Carmichaels finishes the regular season with a 19-3 overall record and an 8-2 mark in the section, one game behind first-place Avella.
Mapletown ends the year 0-10, 0-18. The Maples have lost 30 games in a row dating back to last season.
Berardi, a senior guard, had a triple-double with 22 points, 12 assists and 10 steals. Brown followed with 21 points and 14 rebounds, and Rankin tossed in 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Caroline Cree also hit double figures, scoring 11 points.
Carmichaels had only six players score and 77 of its 79 points were scored by starters.
Madison Bogden led Mapletown with six points.
Fort Cherry 49, Burgettstown 11: Jenna Lucas had 23 points to lead Fort Cherry past Burgettstown, 49-11, in a non-section game.
Rachel Bellhy added 16 points for the Rangers (8-11).
Kristen Roy led Burgettstown (2-19) with five points.