High school basketball: Trinity works OT, wins girls tourney; Wash High boys hold off C-M
Freshman guard Sierra Kotchman’s jump shot at the buzzer sent the game into overtime and Trinity outscored Laurel Highlands 12-4 in the extra period to give the Hillers a 53-45 win at the Greensburg Salem high school girls basketball tournament Saturday.
Trinity (2-0) was just 8 of 18 from the foul line in regulation, but hit all six of its free throws in overtime to pull away.
Kotchmen led the Hillers with 17 points, while Rachel Phillis added 11.
Haley Moreland had 13 points for Laurel Highlands (0-2).
Charleroi 64, Clairton 13: Mia Wytovich led four scorers in double figures with 16 points as Charleroi overwhelmed Clairton, 64-13, at the Charleroi tournament.
Rachel Ritzer (15), Lynsey Wright (12) and Anjie Tilghman (10) were also in double digits for the Cougars (2-0).
Charleroi outscored Clairton (0-2), 19-0 in the third quarter.
Ringgold 54, Fort Cherry 37: Marlena Schmidt, a 6-6 junior center, had 16 points to lead Ringgold to a 54-37 win over Fort Cherry at the Montour-Fort Cherry tournament.
Bailey Cooper added 15 points, while Eleni Radcic chipped in 12, for the Rams (1-0), who led 31-12 at the half.
Rachel Bellhy had a game-high 20 points for Fort Cherry (0-1).
McGuffey 67, Montour 24:
Sammie Weiss had 27 points and seven steals to lead McGuffey to a 67-24 season-opening win over Montour at the Montour tournament.
Cassie Weiss added 11 points for the Highlanders (1-0), who led 42-14 at the half.
Carmichaels 51, Monessen 22: Caroline Cree had 20 points and four steals to lead Carmichaels to a 51-22 win over Monessen at the Charleroi tournament.
The Mikes improved to 2-0.
Teraee Bradford scored 17 of the 22 points for Monessen (0-2).
Chartiers-Houston 44, California 27: Jalynn Myers had 17 points and 11 rebounds as Chartiers-Houston proved too strong inside for California in a 44-27 win at the Brownsville tournament.
Addy Knetzer added 13 points and 13 rebounds for the Bucs (1-1), who pulled away late with a 17-6 finish in the fourth quarter.
Kylie Huffman had 11 points to lead California (0-2).
Moon 43, Canon-McMillan 41: Kirstin Gondol made a layup in the final seconds off a steal to give Moon a 43-41 victory over Canon-McMillan in the Moon Tip-Off Tournament.
The game was tied, 41-41, when Gondol stole the ball and put in her 10th and 11th points of the game for Moon (2-0), Amirah Moore, the daughter of former C-M boys standout Ron Moore, scored 18 points.
Danielle Parker, who had a game-high 19 points for C-M (1-1), hit a mid-range jumper with about 25 seconds left to tie it, 41-41.
Winchester-Thurston 41, Bentworth 28: Caroline Dence scored 13 points to help Winchester Thurston to a 41-28 victory over Bentworth in the Avella tournament.
WT outscored Bentworth, 21-9, in the second half.
Reilly Skerbetz led the Bearcats with 13 points.
St. Joseph 50, Washington 43: Mallory Heinle scored a team-high 20 points and St. Joseph outscored Washington 16-5 in the third quarter to take a 50-43 victory in the St. Joseph tournament.
Amanda Klanineski added 12 points for St. Joe’s.
Mya Gordon scored 20 points and had eight rebounds for Wash High (1-1). India March chipped in with 12. The two were named to the all-tournament team.
Jefferson-Morgan 39, Beth-Center 28: Kayla Yorko had her second double-double in as many games to help Jefferson-Morgan to a 39-28 victory over Beth-Center in the Jefferson-Morgan tournament.
Yorko had 13 points and 14 rebounds for the Rockets (2-0).
Anna Bartman had 14 points to pace B-C (0-1).
Avella 57, Mapletown 9: Alexandra Barr scored 17 points – all in the first half – as Avella cruised to a 57-9 victory over Mapletown in the first round of the Avella tournament.
Kenna Drazich scored 11 points for Avella, which led 22-0 after one quarter and 37-3 at halftime. Mapletown has lost 31 games in a row.
Washington 57, Canon-McMillan 53: Nathan Swart, who had a game-high 22 points, made a driving three-point play with 34 seconds remaining that enabled Washington to hold off a furious fourth-quarter and defeat Canon-McMillan 57-53 in the Big Macs’ tip-off event.
Washington (2-0) led 43-28 in the fourth quarter before C-M rallied and tied the score with 3:16 remaining.
The Prexies went back on top by four points before a basket by C-M’s Sam Bohn pulled the Big Macs (1-1) to within 52-50 with 45 seconds to play. Bohn finished with 20 points.
Swart’s driving basket and ensuing free throw gave the Prexies some breathing room, and Wash High tacked on a basket by Del Bredniak in the closing seconds.
Dupree Jenkins scored 12 points and Quorteze Levy 11 for Wash High, which hit just 17 of 31 free throw attempts.
Costa Karanikos had 11 points for the Big Macs, who were 9 of 22 from the free throw line.
West Greene 45, Geibel 39: Freshmen Kolton Rush and Craig Weaver combined for 23 points in their first varsity game and West Greene snapped a 28-game losing streak by defeating Geibel 45-39 in the first round of the Geibel tournament.
The 6-3 Rush scored a team-high 13 points, and the 6-4 Weaver had a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Geibel led 21-20 at halftime, but West Greene outscored the Gators 15-6 in the third quarter to take an eight-point lead.
Kyle Toth scored a game-high 18 points for Geibel.
An attempt is being made to schedule the consolation and championship games of the tournament for a Saturday later in the season.
Chartiers-Houston 61, McGuffey 50: Alec Ferrari and Kodie Hanley combined for 35 points to lead Chartiers-Houston to a 61-50 victory over McGuffey in the finals of the Hioghlanders’ tournament.
Ferrari, the tournament MVP, scored 19 points and Hanley added 16 for the Bucs (2-0).
Marcus Czulewicz had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Highlanders (1-1). Damien McCloskey and Travis McCann each scored 12 points and Zach Maxwell had 11 points and eight rebounds.
Waynesburg 48, Avella 42: Dominic Sarra scored 14 points as Waynesburg gave first-year head coach Drew Schifino his first career victory with a 48-42 win over Avella in the consolation game of the McGuffey tournament.
Cory Dispenza added 11 points for the Raiders (1-1), who overcame a slow start, scoring just seven points in the first quarter.
Brandon Miller had a game-high 19 points for Avella (0-2), while Walt Kopkpo had 16 for the Eagles.
Carmichaels 37, Jefferson-Morgan 30: Ty Aeschbacher had 14 points as Carmichaels defeated Jefferson-Morgan, 37-30, in the Jefferson-Morgan tournament.
Brandon Lawless added 11 points for the Mikes (1-0), who took control of the game in the third quarter with an 18-10 run.
Rece Henneman led Jefferson-Morgan (1-1) with 11 points.
South Fayette 56, Fort Cherry 44: Nick McKee scored 21 points as South Fayette made eight three-pointers in a 56-44 win over Fort Cherry at the Fort Cherry/Montour tournament.
The Lions (2-0) were also 12 of 14 from the free throw line.
Zak Dysert scored 14 points to lead Fort Cherry (0-1).
Franklin Regional 77, Monessen 54: Matt Renzi scored 27 points as Franklin Regional jumped on Monessen early and coasted to a 77-54 win over the Greyhounds at the Upper St. Clair tournament.
Todd Summers added 10 points for Franklin Regional (1-1), which built a 40-21 halftime lead.
Clintell Gillaspie had 12 points for Monessen (0-2), which also got 10 points each from Lavell Rush and Javon Brown.