High school basketball roundup: Avella stops WG; Raber tops 1,000
Three players reached double figures in scoring to help propel Avella past West Greene 50-27 in a Section 3-A game.
Avella (8-2, 15-7) enters the playoffs as the second-place team and West Greene (4-6, 11-9) finishes tied for third place with Jefferson-Morgan and Carmichaels.
Alexandra Barr led the Eagles with 15 points, Aleesha Thomas poured in 13 and Kenna Drazich added 11.
Alyssa Raber and Emily Courtwright each scored nine points for the Pioneers. Madison Raber passes the 1,000-point mark in the game. She entered needing two and finished with six. Raber is the fifth female player to reach 1,000 points. The others were Lauren Hull (1999), Jackie Metheny (2000), Jennifer Wendell (1992) and Rachel Phillips (2006).
West Greene hosts Washington in a nonsection game at 6 p.m. Monday to end the regular season.
Jefferson-Morgan 58, Bentworth 31: Kayla Yorko had a double-double, 27 points and 13 rebounds, to power Jefferson-Morgan to a 58-31 win over Bentworth in a Section 3-A game.
The Rockets (4-6, 11-10) finished tied with West Greene and Carmichaels for third place in the section. All three are playoff bound. Bentworth fell to 3-16, 1-11 in the section.
Erin Confortini scored 12 points and Ally Bogden 10 to round out J-M’s scoring.
Kendra Campbell led Bentworth with nine points.
Fort Cherry 40, West Shamokin 27: Jenna Lucas and Rachel Bellhy each scored 15 points to send Fort Cherry to a 40-27 win over West Shamokin in a non section game.
The win pushed Fort Cherry’s record to 14-6. Hannah Coulter led West Shamokin (11-10) with eight points.
Geibel 44, Monessen 38: Karly Judy and Haley Hutchinson combined for 30 points to lead Geibel past Monessen, 44-38, in Section 4-A play. Judy had a team-high 16 points for the Gators (2-8, 7-13) and Hutchinson added 14.
Despite the loss, Monessen (3-7, 4-17) is headed to the playoffs as the fourth place team in the section. The Greyhounds were led by Mariha Johnson’s 19 points and could not overcome a 28-10 halftime deficit.
Monessen had a 17-point fourth quarter, but it was not enough to overcome the slow start.
Plum 47, Trinity 27: James Edwards scored 17 points and Austin Dedert, a 6-6 senior, added 14 as Plum defeated visiting Trinity in a non-section game.
Playoff-bound Plum (18-3) held Trinity (2-19) to only six field goals.
Avery King paced the Hillers with 13 points.
Monessen 73, Belle Vernon 62: On a day where Monessen’s seniors were honored before tip-off, four soon-to-be graduates led the Greyhounds to a 73-62 victory over Belle Vernon in a non-section game. The Leopards are the second Class AAA team Monessen has defeated this season.
Clintell Gillaspie had a team-high 16 points, Javon Brown recorded 12 points and had 11 assists, Tyler Yuille scored 13 and Justice Rawlins had a double-double, 10 points and 10 rebounds, to lead the Greyhounds (17-5) to their 12th victory in 13 games.
Belle Vernon (10-11) had two 20-point scorers to almost spoil Monessen’s senior day. Jason Capco led the Leopards with 29 points and Phil Baldini added 20.
South Fayette 63, Hopewell 35: Brett Brumbaugh scored 26 points to propel South Fayette to a 63-35 win over Hopewell in a non-section game. Joining Brumbaugh in double figures was fellow senior Justin Watson, who scored 14 points for the Lions (12-8). South Fayette led by nine points at halftime before scoring 38 second-half points.
Hopewell (5-15) had just nine points in the fourth quarter and was led by Jacob Miller’s eight points.
Beth-Center 42, West Greene 23: Dean Holt and Tyler Ross each scored 11 points to lead Beth-Center to a 42-23 victory over West Greene in Section 5-AA play.
The Bulldogs (6-8) only scored five points in the fourth quarter, but a 17-point first quarter propelled Beth-Center to the victory. Kyle Shough led West Greene (5-16) with seven points. Both teams went a combined 11-for-32 from the free throw line.