High school basketball roundup: Wash High survives Burgettstown rally; Avella’s Miller scores 1,000th
Washington squandered a 20-point second-half lead, rallied to force overtime and then held host Burgettstown to two points in the extra period to pull out a 57-50 victory Friday night in a Section 4-AA game.
Washington (9-3, 16-6) raced to a 28-14 lead at halftime and had a 40-20 advantage late in the third quarter.
Burgettstown (2-10, 4-18), however, outscored the Prexies 24-5 in the fourth quarter and took a 48-46 late in regulation. A layup by Wash High sophomore Nate Swart, who scored a game-high 19 points, with 10 seconds left sent the game to overtime tied at 48-48. The Prexies then outscored the Blue Devils 9-2 in overtime.
Jonathan Spina followed Swart in the scoring column with 11 points for Wash High, which made 12 of 19 free throws compared to 1-for-7 for Burgettstown.
Logan Triebsch led the Blue Devils with 12 points. Dylan Dhans scored nine of 11 points in Burgettstown’s big fourth quarter, and Cole LaRocka scored eight of his 10 points in the final eight minutes of regulation.
Moon 52, Trinity 48: Matt Kotvas scored 18 points and Moon used a strong start to take a 52-48 win from Trinity in a Section 4-AAAA game.
Tyler Crenshaw chipped in 14 for the Tigers (6-8, 8-13), who led 18-10 after one and 31-21 at halftime. Bill Lewis scored 10 points.
Avery King had a double-double for the Hillers (2-18, 0-14) with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Nick morettis added 14 points.
Chartiers-Houston 53, Fort Cherry 49: A.J. Myers and Alec Ferrari combined for 25 points to give Chartiers-Houston a 53-49 victory over Fort Cherry in a Section 4-AA game.
It is believed the Bucs (8-4, 15-6) tied the school record for wins in a second. Myers led the way with 15 points and Ferrari added 10. Miles Williamson had five points and 11 rebounds and Kodie Hanley nine points and 10 rebounds.
Waynesburg 62, McGuffey 61: Dom Sarra hit a 10-foot jumper with three seconds left to give Waynesburg a 62-61 win over McGuffey in a Section 5-AAA game.
Sarra finished with 22 points for the Raiders (2-10, 6-15). Aaron Hill led all scorers with career-high 29 points.
Zach Maxwell paced the Highlanders (0-12, 2-20) with 27 points and 10 rebounds. Damian McCloskey had 22 points and nine rebounds.
Geibel 73, Avella 69, OT: James Ewing had five of his game-high 30 points in overtime to lead Geibel to a 73-69 victory over Avella in a Section 3-A game.
Geibel (2-8, 3-15) held Avella to just two free throws in the overtime.
Avella’s Brandon R. Miller scored 17 points and surpassed 1,000 points in his career.
Bill McKee led the Eagles (1-9, 3-17) with 22 points and Walt Kopko had 14.
Beth-Center 42, Bentworth 36: Beth-Center broke a 26-26 tie in the third quarter by outscoring Bentworth 16-10 in the fourth for a 42-36 win in a Section 5-AA game.
Beth-Center is 6-12 overall, including 5-8 in the section.
Damon Patrola-Bakos paced Bentworth (1-13, 1-18) with 10 points.
Carmichaels 52, Mapletown 36: Carmichaels had only three players in the scoring column against host Mapletown, but Brandon Lawless was more than the Maples could handle.
Lawless, a senior forward, scored a game-high 31 points and made three of Carmichaels’ seven three-pointers as the Mikes snapped a two-game losing streak with a 52-36 victory.
Carmichaels finishes 7-3 and in third place in Section 3-A. The Mikes are 15-4 overall.
The Mikes won the game with outside shooting and a big second quarter in which they outscored Mapletown 13-4 to open a 31-18 lead at halftime.
Corey Fuller scored all of his 12 points for Carmichaels on three-pointers.
Dereck Riggleman paced Mapletown (3-6, 7-11) with 15 points. Eric Atwood had 10 points.
Chartiers Valley 62, South Fayette 55: Matty McConnell and Jared Cuit combined for 14 of Chartiers Valley’s 18 points in an 18-6 fourth quarter run that helped the Colts avoid an upset against South Fayette in a 62-55 Section 5-AAA victory.
McConnell finished with 27 points and Cuit had 17 for Char Valley (11-0, 19-1), which trailed 49-46 entering the final eight minutes.
Justin Watson had 24 points to lead South Fayette (8-3, 11-7).
West Greene 58, Jefferson-Morgan 44: Ben Carlise’s 23 points and a 19-3 run to close out the game led West Greene to a 58-44 Section 5-AA win over Jefferson-Morgan.
Zach Bedillion added 12 points and Craig Weaver added 10 points and grabbed 20 rebounds for West Greene (2-12, 5-15).
Rece Henneman scored 16 points and Austin Clark had 12 for Jeff-Morgan (6-8, 9-12).
Ringgold 61, Yough 36: Dakota Browning’s 15 points led Ringgold to a 61-36 non-section win over Yough.
Dayshore Majors added 14 points and George Martin had 12 for the Rams, who finish their season at 4-16.
Josh Sterner had 16 point for Yough (4-18).
Monessen 64, Clairton 58: Javon Brown had 21 points, five assists and nine steals to help Monessen to a 64-58 victory over Clairton in a Section 3-A game.
Justice Rawlins had 11 points and eight rebounds for the Greyhounds (10-0, 16-5). Clintell Gillaspie had 13 points and Lavalle Rush 11.
Rasheed Pacley led Clairton (6-3, 8-6) with 21 points. Jaquan Ford and Isiah Hollis each scored 12 points.
McGuffey 52, Washington 32: Sammie Weiss led three McGuffey players in double figures with 21 points, and the Highlanders completed an undefeated Section 5-AA season with a 52-32 victory over host Washington.
McGuffey won its 11 consecutive game. The Highlanders went 12-0 in section play and are 18-3 overall.
In addition to Weiss’ 21 points, McGuffey received 12 from Katie Demi and 11 from Rachel Czulewicz. The Highlanders led 26-17 at halftime, then held Washington (8-4, 12-8) scoreless in the third quarter while expanding the lead to 43-17.
Mikayla Maltony led Wash High with 12 points. The Prexies finished tied with Charleroi for second place in the section.
California 47, Avella 43: Tristan Conaway had 15 points as California wrapped up sole possession of first place in Section 3-A with a 47-43 win over Avella.
Jenna Miller added 11 points and Kylie Huffman chipped in 10 for the Trojans (10-0, 17-3).
Aleesha Thomas had 14 points and Kenna Drazich added 11 for second-place Avella (7-2, 14-7).
South Park 71, Trinity 34: Ali McGrath scored 25 points to lead South Park to a 71-34 Section 5-AAA win over Trinity.
Lindsey Noss added 14 points for South Park (11-1, 16-4), which led 42-16 at the half.
Sierra Kotchman led Trinity (8-4, 15-6) with 14 points.
Carmichaels 61, Mapletown 19: Amanda Brown scored 16 points and had 12 rebounds as Carmichaels clinched a spot in the WPIAL playoffs for the 10th season in a row with a 61-19 victory over Mapletown.
Caroline Cree added 15 points and 10 rebounds for Carmichaels (4-6, 6-14).
Madison Bogden led Mapletown (0-10, 1-20) with five points.
Bentworth 59, Beth-Center 40: Senior Kendra Campbell had a career-high 20 points to lead Bentworth to its first Section 5-AA win, 59-40, over Beth-Center.
Tori Cicci had 11 points and Heather Chester added 10 for Bentworth (1-11, 2-16).
Anna Bartman scored 28 points for Beth-Center (1-10, 3-14).
Fort Cherry 47, Burgettstown 20: Rachel Bellhy scored 16 points as Fort Cherry defeated Burgettstown, 47-20, in a non-section game.
Jenna Lucas had 12 points and Tina Bellhy had 10 for Fort Cherry (13-6).
Katie Tarr led Burgettstown (7-14) with seven points.
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