High school basketball roundup: Balanced attack pushes Ringgold girls past SF
South Fayette’s Emily Anderson defends Ringgold’s Marlena Schmidt and keep her from scoring in during the first quarter of Saturday’s WPIAL Class AAA playoff game.
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Three players scored in double figures to lead Ringgold past South Fayette, 49-42, in a WPIAL Class AAA playoff preliminary round girls basketball playoff game at Chartiers Valley.
Marlena Schmidt, a 6-6 junior center and West Virginia recruit, led the Rams (12-9) with 13 points and dominated in the lane throughout the game. Sophomore Bailey Cooper had 11 points and senior Eleni Radic added 10 for Ringgold, which earned its first playoff victory in six years.
The Rams jumped out to a 13-2 advantage after a strong first quarter before allowing South Fayette (12-11) back into the game.
The Lions trailed by 10 points at the end of the third quarter, but a combination of missed shots and allowing the Rams room on defense led to the defeat.
Sophomore Autumn Mozick led South Fayette with 14 points and freshman Carlee Kilgus added nine.
Ringgold will face Hopewell (18-3) Wednesday at a site and time to be determined.
St. Joseph 61, Jefferson-Morgan 14: St. Joseph scored the game’s first 25 points and cruised to a 61-14 victory over Jefferson-Morgan in a Class A first-round game at Elizabeth Forward.
St. Joseph (19-4), the No. 4 seed, forced 17 turnovers in the first quarter and led 28-2. The Spartans move on to a quarterfinal matchup against fifth-seeded Quigley.
Mallory Heinle, the leading scorer in Class A, led St. Joseph with 23 points.
Jefferson-Morgan (12-11) was held to just five field goals. Kayla York led the Rockets with six points.
J-M had a three-game winning streak end.
Carmichaels 41, Monessen 37: Carmichaels outlasted Monessen 41-37 in overtime in a Class A preliminary round game at Baldwin. The Mikes (8-14), who have won four in a row, advance to the first round against top-seeded Vincentian (18-3) Wednesday night at a site and time to be determined.
Monessen ends its season with a 4-17 record.
Caroline Cree led Carmichaels with 14 points.
Taraee Bradford had 14 points and Mariha Johnson 12 for Monessen.
Hampton 61, Peters Township 26: Ryan Luther scored 27 points and second-seeded Hampton had no trouble in defeating Peters Township 61-26 in a first-round Class AAAA game at Fox Chapel.
Hampton improves to 20-3 while Peters Township ends its season with an 11-12 record.
Hampton led 26-11 at halftime and outscored the Indians 26-7 in the third quarter.