Basketball roundup: Gillaspie scores 33 as Monessen gets first win
Senior guard Clintell Gillaspie scored a game-high 33 points Wednesday night and Monessen made 10 three-point field goals en route to its first win of the season, 82-55, over Westinghouse in the consolation game of the Franklin Regional tournament.
Gillaspie, who made five three-pointers, scored 25 of his points in the first half as the Greyhounds (1-3) raced to a 51-28 lead at halftime. Javon Brown scored 12 points, and Tyler Yuille and Lavelle Rush each had 10 points.
Westinghouse (0-3) was led by Willie James with 19 points.
Carmichaels 49, Beth-Center 41: Brandon Lawless scored 21 of his game-high 31 points in the second half as undefeated Carmichaels held off host Beth-Center 49-41 in a non-section game.
Lawless made 12 field goals and helped Carmichaels offset a balanced scoring attack by Beth-Center (0-2), which was led by Adam Walters’ 11 points. Ryan Beyer had 10 points for the Bulldogs. Carmichaels improved its record to 3-0 with all three wins coming by single digits. The Mikes, who 19 of 21 free throws in a two-point win Tuesday over Frazier, made 12 of 17 against B-C.
South Side Beaver 76, Burgettstown 64: Jake Berger and Quae Thompson combined for 39 points to power South Side Beaver to a 76-64 victory over host Burgettstown in a non-section game.
Berger scored 22 points and Thompson followed with 17 for SSB (3-1), which forged a 20-9 lead after one quarter.
Cole LaRocka took game scoring honors for Burgettstown (1-3) with 24 points. He also grabbed 15 rebounds. Tyler Linke had 16 points for the Blue Devils.
West Greene 61, Hundred (W.Va.) 31: Craig Weaver had a double-double and West Greene held visiting Hundred (W.Va.) to only 11 second-half points as the Pioneers pulled away for a 61-31 victory.
Weaver, a 6-4 freshman, had game highs of 17 points and 17 rebounds as the Pioneers improved their record to 2-1. Bray Jackson followed with 14 points for West Greene, which led 31-20 at halftime.
Hayden Moore led Hundred with 12 points.
Laurel Highlands 50, Ringgold 35: Nick Lancaster scored eight of his team-high points in the second half, and visiting Laurel Highlands held Ringgold to five fourth-quarter points, as the Mustangs pulled away for a 50-35 victory in a non-section game.
LH led by only 26-21 at halftime, but Ringgold was held to just five field goals in the second half.
David Rusko scored 10 points for Laurel Highlands.
George Martin had a game-high 15 points for Ringgold.
Belle Vernon 59, McGuffey 52: McGuffey junior Sammie Weiss’ 17 points were not enough as Belle Vernon capitalized on double-digit point performances from two players to win 59-52 in a non-section game.
The Highlanders trailed 26-22 at halftime, but could not narrow the deficit as they were outscored 20-15 in the third quarter by the Leopards.
Meagan Murphy scored 17 points for Belle Vernon, while Kaitlyn Slagus added 19.
California 62, Carrick 47: The Cal girls basketball team used a strong third quarter and another outstanding performance by freshman Kylie Huffman to defeat Carrick 62-47.
The Trojans outscored Carrick 21-10 in the third quarter to pull away.
Huffman scored 30 points, and Jenna Miller added 10 and Tristen Conaway finished with 11 as the Trojans earned their first win of the season.
The victory comes after back-to-back losses to Brownsville and Chartiers Houston in last weekend’s Brownsville tournament.
Brownsville 62, Carmichaels 36: Sophomore Maris Seto scored 28 points as undefeated Brownsville won at Carmichaels, 62-36, in non-section play.
Brownsville, which led 21-7 after one quarter and maintained a lead throughout, improved to 3-0. Caroline Cree scored 11 points to pace Carmichaels (2-2).