Dereck Riggleman scored 31 points and Mapletown outscored Avella 21-11 in the final quarter as the Maples clinched a WPIAL Class A playoff spot from Section 3 with a 63-60 win over the visiting Eagles Tuesday night.
The game was not decided until the closing seconds when Avella (1-8, 3-16) missed a three-pointer at the buzzer.
Ben Boone added 18 points for Mapletown (3-5, 7-10), which made 19 of 22 free throws.
Brandon Miller led Avella with 22 points, while Walt Kopko added 13 points and Bill McKee had 12 for Avella.
Peters Township 41, Baldwin 40: J.C. Brush scored 16 points to lead Peters Township to a pivotal 41-40 victory over Baldwin in Section 4-AAAA play.
The Indians (7-6, 10-10) were tied with Baldwin 24-24 at halftime before narrowly defeating the Highlanders (3-11, 4-16).
Baldwin was led in scoring by Jon Degregorio, who scored 16 points.
Peters Township can clinch a playoff berth by defeating Canon-McMillan at home Friday.
California 46, Beth-Center 35: California had three players score in double digits to lead the Trojans to a 46-35 win over Beth-Center in Section 5-AA.
Austin Wingo led California with 12 points, while Josh Luko and Demetri Clements each chipped in 11 points for the Trojans (6-5, 8-11), who kept their WPIAL playoff hopes alive.
Adam Walters led Beth-Center (4-8, 5-12) with 16 points.
The win puts California in fourth place in the section with three games remaining against Frazier, Bentworth and Charleroi.
Charleroi 68, Jefferson-Morgan 59: Matt Indorante hit 10 three-point shots and finished with 36 points to lead Charleroi to a 68-59 win over Jefferson-Morgan in Section 5-AA play.
The Cougars (9-3, 11-5) needed every one of Indorante’s points as Jefferson-Morgan’s Rece Henneman scored 21 points. Charleroi jumped out to a 41-22 lead at halftime and walked away with the pivotal win that clinches a playoff spot for the Cougars.
The loss hurts J-M’s playoff chances as the Rockets fell to one game behind California for the final postseason berth from the section.
Elizabeth Forward 46, Ringgold 35: George Prota and Jalen French combined for 22 points to propel Elizabeth Forward to a 46-35 win over Ringgold in Section 4-AAA.
Prota finished with a team-high 12 points and French added 10 for the Warriors (9-2, 16-3). Elizabeth Forward’s defense in the first half limited Ringgold (2-9, 3-15) to just 11 first-half points.
The Rams were led by Dakota Browning’s 16 points and Dayshore Majors, who finished with 13.
Brentwood 48, Chartiers-Houston 40: Troy Elphinstone had 17 points to lead Brentwood to a 48-40 Section 4-AA win.
Andrew Stofesky added 14 points for Brentwood (6-6, 11-8), which led 34-31 entering the fourth quarter.
Kodie Hanely had 16 points and Alex Ferrari 10 for Chartiers-Houston (6-4, 13-6).
Bishop Canevin 73, Fort Cherry 63: Bishop Canevin scored 27 fourth-quarter points to defeat Fort Cherry, 73-63 in Section 4-AA.
Phil Baker led Fort Cherry (7-7, 8-10) with 15 points. The loss, combined with Brentwood’s win over Chartiers-Houston, eliminates the Rangers from playoff contention.
Bishop Canevin (1-9, 3-16) earned its first section win.
Montour 52, South Fayette 49: Dustin Sleva scored 15 points and Montour made just enough free throws down the stretch to hold off host South Fayette, 52-49, and clinch second place in Section 5-AAA.
Montour (8-2, 13-6) led 22-21 at halftime and 35-31 after three quarters. The Spartans made 13 of 25 free throws.
Josh Randle scored 13 points, making seven free throws, and Devin Johnson had 10 points.
South Fayette (8-3, 11-6), which had its three-game winning streak snapped, was led by Jack Relihan and Justin Watson, each scoring 14 points. Nick McKee followed with 11. The Lions are assured of finishing in third place in the section.
South Fayette will play a non-section game tonight at Washington.
Frazier 59, West Greene 44: Roger Cline had 24 points to lead Frazier to a 59-44 Section 5-AA win over West Greene.
Alvin Ross added 12 points for Frazier (9-2, 13-5).
Ben Carlisle led all scorers with 30 points for West Greene (1-11, 4-15).
Keystone Oaks 66, McGuffey 46: Taylor Lehman had 22 points and Erat O’Jak added 17 as Keystone Oaks defeated McGuffey, 66-46, in a Section 5-AAA game.
Keystone Oaks (5-6, 5-14) kept its playoff hopes alive with the victory.
Shaun Sanders had 14 points, while Zach Maxwell had 10 points and 10 rebounds for McGuffey (0-10, 2-18).
Seton-La Salle 76, Burgettstown 40: Dale Clancy had 17 points as Seton-La Salle topped Burgettstown, 76-40, in a Section 4-AA game.
A total of 12 players scored for Seton-La Salle (11-0, 20-1), which outscored the Blue Devils (2-9, 4-17) 27-3 in the second quartr.
Logan Triebsch had 18 points for Burgettstown.
Bethel Park 59, Trinity 38: Joey Mascaro had 11 points and Bethel Park jumped out to a 30-12 halftime lead en route to a 59-38 Section 4-AAAA win over Trinity.
Jake Dixon added 10 points for the Blackhawks (10-3, 15-4).
Avery King had 16 points for Trinity (0-12, 2-16).
California 58, Mapletown 18: Kylie Huffman scored 20 points to lead California to a 58-18 victory over visiting Mapletown and clinch at least a share of the Section 3-A title.
Senior Tristen Conaway scored 16 points for the Trojans (9-0, 18-3), who are assured of their first section title since 1982. California led 40-10 at halftime after a 29-point first quarter.
A win over section-rival Avella Friday would clinch sole possesion of the section championship for California.
Carmichaels 45, Jefferson-Morgan 41: Amanda Brown had 13 points and 10 rebounds as Carmichaels held Jefferson-Morgan to seven first-half points in the Mikes’ key 45-41 victory over the Rockets in Section 3-A. Caroline Cree also had 13 points, and Katie Reagan added 11, for the Mikes (3-6, 5-14), who pulled into a tie for fourth place in the section standings with the Rockets (3-6, 9-10).
Erin Confortini had 12 points, and Alli Bogden 10 for Jefferson-Morgan.
Bishop Canevin 56, Fort Cherry 35: Sophomores Erin Joyce and Gina Vallecorsa combined for 40 points, including seven three-pointers, as Bishop Canevin defeated host Fort Cherry 56-35 in Section 4-AA.
Joyce scored a game-high 22 points, including six three-pointers, and Vallecorsa followed with 18 as the Crusaders (9-1, 16-4) won their fifth in a row. Bishop Canevin led 32-24 at halftime, then held FC to 11 second-half points.
Rachel Bellhy had a big game for Fort Cherry (6-5, 11-6), scoring 20 points. The Rangers are tied for third place in the section.
Belle Vernon 60, Brownsville 41: Kaitlyn Slagus scored 31 points, Belle Vernon did not allow a point in the first quarter, and the Leopards went on to win their fourth in a row, 60-41, over visiting Brownsville in Section 4-AAA.
Belle Vernon (9-2, 16-4) raced to a 16-0 lead after one quarter and cruised to the victory behind the play of Slagus, who also grabbed 13 rebounds, and Courtney Askin, who had 10 points and five assists.
Maris Seto scored 10 points for Brownsville (1-10, 6-11), which has lost seven in a row.
Charleroi 64, Bentworth 33: Mya Woytovich had 25 points, 11 rebounds and nine steals to lead Charleroi past Bentworth, 65-33, in a Section 5-AA game.
Lindsey Wright added 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Angie Tilghman had 10 points for the Cougars (8-4, 17-5).
Kendra Campbell led Bentworth (0-11, 2-15) with 10 points.
Thomas Jefferson 60, Waynesburg 36: Alex Yanies led a balanced Thomas Jefferson attack with 13 points and the Jaguars pulled away in the second half for a 60-36 victory over visiting Waynesburg in Section 4-AAA.
Hayley Kutscher and Hayley Zoglmann each scored 11 points and Renee Swallow had 10 for TJ (6-5, 11-8), which is battling Rinbggold for the final playoff berth out of the section.
Jackie Tharp’s 12 points led Waynesburg (0-11, 2-16). The Raiders trailed 30-22 at halftime and TJ pulled away late, outscoring Waynesburg 14-3 in the fourth quarter.
Brentwood 55, Chartiers-Houston 53: Laura McGowan had 18 points as Brentwood held off Chartiers-Houston, 55-53, to clinch a playoff spot in Section 5-AA.
Stephanie Thomas and Hannah Livingston added 11 points each for Brentwood (7-5, 15-5).
Jalynn Myers had 16 points, while Addy Knetzer and Deja Wormsley added 13 points each for the Bucs (5-6, 12-8), who must now beat Fort Cherry (6-5, 11-6) on Thursday to earn a playoff spot.
West Greene 47, Clay Battelle 21: The Raber sisters, Madison and Alyssa, combined for 26 points to lead West Greene to a 47-21 win over Clay-Battelle (W.Va.) in a non-section game.
Madison Raber finished with 13 points and Alyssa scored 13. Emily Courtwright chipped in 10 for the Pioneers (11-7).