High school basketball: Mapletown’s Riggleman scores 51
Dereck Riggleman scored a school-record 51 points and also surpassed 1,000 points for his career Thursday night as Mapletown won its Section 3-A opener, 66-60, over visiting Geibel.
Riggleman, who entered the game 33 points shy of 1,000, shattered Mapletown’s school record, believed to be held by Bob Clites, who scored 44 points in a win over West Greene in 1970.
The Maples (1-0, 4-5) needed every one of Riggleman’s points. They trailed Geibel (0-2, 1-8) 49-48 entering the fourth quarter.
James Ewing and Matt Mammarella scored 12 points each for the Gators.
Fort Cherry 50, Burgettstown 48: Zach Dysert had 19 points, including a pair of free throws with six seconds remaining, to lift Fort Cherry to a 50-48 Section 4-AA win over Burgettstown.
Phil Baker added 14 points for the Rangers (2-2, 4-5), who trailed by as much as nine in the third quarter before rallying.
Cole LaRocka had 21 points, while Hunter Lecker added 12, for Burgettstown (1-2, 2-9).
McGuffey 71, Washington 37: The showdown of unbeatens in Section 5-AA wasn’t even close.
Sammie Weiss and Rachel Czulewicz combined for 47 points and 20 steals as McGuffey rolled to a 71-37 victory over visiting Washington.
McGuffey (3-0, 8-3) is the last team without a loss in the section. Washington falls to 4-1, 7-3.
Weiss finished with a game-high 26 points and Czulewicz had 21 points as the Highlanders took control of the game early by forging leads of 17-6 after one quarter and 45-11 at halftime. Weiss scored 16 first-half points and Czulewicz followed with 14. Weiss and Czulewicz each finished with 10 steals.
McGuffey’s Cassie Weiss grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds.
India March paced Washington with 16 points.
West Mifflin 52, Canon-McMillan 50: It was another night of two-point misery for hard-luck Canon-McMillan.
West Mifflin forged a 10-point lead in the first quarter and held off a second-half comeback to edge host Canon-Mac 52-50 in a non-section game.
It was the second two-point loss in as many nights for Canon-McMillan (5-8) and the Big Macs’ fourth two-point loss on the season.
Taylor Thomas led three West Mifflin players in double figures with 13 points. Ciara Patterson followed with 11 points and Deilana DeVaughn had 10. The Titans (7-2) led 18-8 after one quarter.
Canon-McMillan received a game-high 18 points from Olivia Lorusso, 11 points from Brittany Hutchinso and 10 from Danielle Parker. The Big Macs outscored West Mifflin 14-7 in the third quarter to pull to within 33-29, and the home team had possession fo the basketball and a chance to take the lead in the final minute.
Bishop Canevin 52, Fort Cherry 33: Bishop Canevin’s outside shooting and a bad third quarter by Fort Cherry proved costly to the visiting Rangers in their 52-33 loss in Section 4-AA.
Fort Cherry (1-3, 3-4) trailed 26-18 at halftime, and Bishop Canevin pulled away by outscoring the Rangers 16-6 over the first eight minutes of the second half.
Johnie Olkosky scored 17 points, Becca Turney had 15 and Gina Vallecorsa 13 for Bishop Canevin (4-0, 10-3). The Crusaders made five three-pointers.
Rachel Bellhy scored 12 points for Fort Cherry.
Winchester Thurston 44, Monessen 28: Ally Siegel led a balanced offense with 10 points and Winchester Thurston defeated host Monessen 44-28 in the Section 4-A opener for both teams.
Mariha Johnson tossed in a game-high points for Monessen (0-1, 1-6), which trailed by four points at halftime.
Winchester Thurston is 1-0, 3-4.
Belle Vernon 65, Brownsville 31: Bria Rathway scored 22 points and led three Belle Vernon players in double figures as the Leopards won their eighth in a row, 65-31, over Brownsville. Kaitlyn Slagus scored 20 points and Megan Murphy had 13 for Belle Vernon (4-0, 9-1).
Burgettstown 61, Beth-Center 41: Caley Ritz had 16 points as Burgettstown pulled to .500 in Section 5-AA with a 61-41 win over Beth-Center.
Mikayla Bertovich added 15 points for Burgettstown (2-2, 3-7).
Anna Bartman led Beth-Center (0-3, 2-6) with a game-high 18 points.
Jefferson-Morgan 44, Mapletown 13: Jessica Taylor’s eight points led Jefferson-Morgan to a 44-13 win over Mapletown in Section 3-A.
The Rockets (1-1, 6-3) led 26-7 at the half.
Mapletown is 0-2, 1-9.
Avella 35, Carmichaels 28: Lauren Craig had 12 points as Avella overcame a poor shooting night from the foul line to beat Carmichaels, 35-28, in Section 3-A.
The Eagles (2-0, 7-3) made just six of 24 free throws.
Amanda Brown had 14 points and Caroline Cree 12 for Carmichaels (0-1, 2-9).
Chartiers-Houston 54, Brentwood 38: Addie Knetzer had 21 points and 12 rebounds as Chartiers-Houston won a critical 4-AA game, beating Brentwood, 54-38.
Deja Wormsley added 15 points for the Bucs (3-2, 8-3), who pulled even with Brentwood (3-2, 10-2) in the sections.
Alecia Folino led Brentwood with 12 points.
Thomas Jefferson 70, Waynesburg 38: Haley Zoglmann had 17 points as Thomas Jefferson defeated Waynesburg, 70-38, in a Section 4-AAA game.
Alexis Yanief had 16 points, while Paige Risley added 12 points for TJ (2-2, 7-4).
Kiersten Garber led Waynesburg (0-4, 2-8) with 10 points.
California 59, West Greene 32: Tristan Conaway and Kylie Huffman had 16 points each to lead California to a 59-32 Section 3-A win over West Greene.
Dominique Gaston added 10 points for the Trojans (1-0, 7-3).
Madison Raber led West Greene (1-1, 6-3) with 13 points.
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