High school basketball roundup: Brush paints victory for PT
J.C. Brush scored 19 points as Peters Township evened its record in Section 4-AAAA with a 55-51 victory Friday night over visiting Baldwin.
Jake Brucker hit five three-pointers to account for all 15 of his points for Peters Township (3-3, 6-6), which led 27-18 at the half before before being outscored 19-12 in the third quarter.
Arnes Bajgora had 20 points for Baldwin (2-4, 3-10), which also got 14 points from Sten Zepic.
Carmichaels 87, Geibel 38: Carmichaels bounced back from its first loss of the season Wednesday night by rolling to an 87-38 victory over host Geibel Catholic in Section 3-A.
Carmichaels (2-0, 10-1) scored 56 first-half points and led by 46 points at intermission.
Brandon Lawless scored a game-high 28 points for Carmichaels. Cory Fuller had a big game, scoring 22 points and making five three-pointers. Fuller had 18 of his points during the Mikes’ big first half.
Ty Aeschbacher also reached double figures for the Mikes with 14 points.
Carmichaels will host Monessen (2-0, 7-4) Tuesday night with first place in the section on the line.
Geibel is 0-3 in the section and 1-9 overall. The Gators have lost eight in a row.
Clairton 72, Avella 46: Isaiah Hollis, a 6-4 senior, scored 30 points to power Clairton to a 72-46 victory over visiting Avella in Section 3-A.
Clairton (1-0, 3-2), which had not played since Dec. 28, showed no signs of being rusty as the Bears scored 50 points in the first half. Aaron Mathews, a 6-5 sophomore, scored 13 points for Clairton.
Brandon Miller paced Avella (0-2, 2-9) with 15 points. Sophomore Cody Dobbins followed with 10 points.
Bethel Park 79, Trinity 35: Josh Krafczynski and R.J. Pfeuffer each made five three-pointers as hot-shooting Bethel Park defeated visiting Trinity 79-35 in Section 4-AAAA.
Section-leading Bethel Park (4-0, 9-2) made 14 three-pointers among its 31 field goals.
Krafczynski led three BP players in double figures with 17 points. Pfeuffer followed with 16 points and Quentin Kiebler had 12.
Avery King had a good game for Trinity (0-6, 2-10) as he matched Krafczynski for game-scoring honors with 17 points.
Frazier 53, West Greene 47: Roger Cline scored 15 points and led a fourth-quarter comeback as Frazier held off an upset bid by West Greene, 53-47, in a Section 5-AA game in Perryopolis.
Frazier (4-1, 7-4) was coming off a non-section win over previously undefeated Carmichaels Wednesday, but the Commodores had their hands full with West Greene (0-5, 3-8). The game was tied 36-36 after three quarters and the Pioneers led in the fourth quarter until the final three minutes, when Frazier made its decisive surge.
“That was by far the best game we’ve played all year,” West Green coach Jim Romanus said. “We still need some scoring punch, but we played great defense.”
Brey Jackson led West Greene on offense with 11 points and Ben Carlisle followed with 10.
Chartiers-Houston 41, Brentwood 39: Miles Williams scored 15 points and Chartiers-Houston used a big first quarter to defeat visiting Brentwood 41-39 in Section 4-AA.
The Bucs (3-2, 9-3), who have won five in a row, won the slowdown game by outscoring Brentwood 15-5 in the first quarter and making the Spartans play catch-up the rest of the way. Brentwood (1-4, 5-6) had only four players score, including Andrew Stofesky, who had a game-high 27 points.
Brownsville 87, Bentworth 65: Cole Novotny scored 28 of his game-high 30 points in the first half as Section 5-AA leader Brownsville defeated host Bentworth, 87-65.
Novotny, who made six three-pointers, helped Brownsville (5-0, 6-4) score 59 first-half points.
Deshawntae Bell scored 15 points, and Marcellous Greene and Nick Despot each had 12 for the Falcons.
Bentworth (1-5, 1-10) outscored Brownsville in the second half. The Bearcats received 22 points from Damon Petrola-Bakos, 15 from Jake Crockett and 14 from Zach Rosker.
Monessen 84, Mapletown 30: Javon Brown had 14 points, 12 steals and 10 assists and helped shut down high-scoring Dereck Riggleman as Monessen defeated Mapletown, 84-30, in a Section 3-A game.
Clintell Gillaspie and Lavelle Rush added 17 points each for Monessen (2-0, 7-4), which also got 12 points and 10 rebounds from Tyler Yiulle.
Riggleman, who was coming off a 51-point effort Thursday night against Geibel, was limited by Brown to 13 points for the Maples (1-1, 4-6).
Seton-La Salle 81, Burgettstown 49: Ryan Norkus had 20 points as every player on Seton-La Salle’s roster scored in an 81-49 Section 4-AA win over Burgettstown.
Levi Masua added 12 points for Seton-La Salle (5-0, 11-0).
Logan Triebsch and Dylan Dhans had 12 and 11 points, respectively, for Burgettstown (1-3, 2-10).
Keystone Oaks 70, McGuffey 51: Taylor Lehman’s 22 points helped Keystone Oaks to its first victory, a 70-51 Section 5-AAA win over McGuffey.
DeClan Hartnett an Erat Ojak had 11 points each for Keystone Oaks (1-3, 1-9).
Damian McCloskey led McGuffey (0-4, 2-11) with 11 points.
Charleroi 73, Jefferson-Morgan 40: Devin Anderson led four scorers in double figures with 14 points as Charleroi topped Jefferson-Morgan, 73-40, in a Section 5-AA game.
Matt Indorante added 11 points, while Dakota Moorer and Ryan Konek had 10 each, for the Cougars (4-1, 6-4).
Rece Henneman had a game-high 20 points for the Rockets (2-4, 5-8).
Fort Cherry 54, Bishop Canevin 49: Alex Babirad and Zach Dysert scored 10 points each as Fort Cherry defeated Bishop Canevin, 54-49, in a Section 4-AA game.
The Rangers improve to 3-2 in Section and 5-5 overall. Brennan Cahill had 12 points for Bishop Canevin (0-5, 3-9).
Albert Gallatin 66, Waynesburg 52: Josh Videk had 21 points as Albert Gallatin defeated Waynesburg, 66-52, in a non-section game.
Christian Goletz added 11 points for AG (4-5).
Corey Dispenza, Aaron Hill and Jason Delaney had 11 points each for Waynesburg (3-9), while Dom Sarra added 10 points in the loss.
Canon-McMillan 45, Chartiers Valley 38: Olivia Lorusso had a double-double and scored eight of her team-high 17 points in the pivotal fourth quarter as Canon-McMillan defeated host Chartiers Valley 45-38 in Section 4-AAAA.
The game was tied after the first, second and third quarters, but Canon-Mac (2-3, 6-8) outscored the Colts 13-6 over the final eight minutes. The Big Macs had two fewer field goals than CV (1-5, 3-9) but made 18 of 24 free throws compared to 1-for-6 for the Colts.
Danielle Parker had 13 points for Canon-McMillan. Chartiers Valley’s Lauren Herron matched Lorusso with 17 points.
Fort Cherry 52, Avella 43: Jenna Lucas and Rachel Bellhy had 16 points each as Fort Cherry edged Avella, 52-43, in a non-section game.
Tina Bellhy added 12 points for Fort Cherry (4-4).
Aleeshia Thomas led Avella (7-4) with 11 points.
Bethel Park 57, Trinity 42: Haper Zimmer had 12 points as unbeaten Bethel Park slowly pulled away from Trinity for a 57-42 non-section win.
Kaitlin Chess added 11 points for Bethel Park (10-0), which led 34-22 at the half and 46-29 after three quarters.
Kelly Korpus led Trinity (8-3) with 12 points.