South Hills notebook: Baldwin grad Duchon shines at Thiel
By: Ray Fisher
Friday, February 2, 2018 | 11:00 PM
Notebook items from around the South Hills:
• Thiel forward and Baldwin graduate Taylor Duchon connected for a career-best 27 points last week in a 71-55 conference loss at Geneva.
Duchon, a 5-foot-11 senior, hit 12 of 19 shots from the floor, including a pair of 3-pointers. She also contributed five rebounds and a block.
Duchon broke her hand, which required surgery, in a game Nov. 29 at Thomas More. Coincidentally, her first game back was Jan. 24 at home against Thomas More.
• Thomas Jefferson's girls basketball team ran past rival West Mifflin, 79-59, last week in a Section 2-5A contest. The Jaguars were paced by Alyssa DeAngelo's game-high 20 points. Jenna Clark and Marina Petruzzi chipped in with 18 and 17 points, respectively.
• Baldwin graduate Shelby Huebner, a junior member of the Chatham women's indoor track and field team, broke the school record in the weight throw event with a toss of 10.93 meters at the CMU Invitational. Huebner was a member of the National Art Honor Society and photography club at Baldwin, where she received the Highlander Pride Award for Creativity and Calder Fine Art Award.
• Brentwood graduate Marc Wells is a 6-8 junior forward on Chatham's men's basketball team. Wells scored a season-high 15 points, hitting 7 of 9 shots from the field, last month against Thiel.
• Baldwin's Abbey Larkin, a 5-10 senior guard, connected for a career-high 28 points last week in a 66-58 section loss to Canon-McMillan.
A member of the National Honor Society with a 3.9 GPA, Larkin will continue her basketball career at Mercyhurst. She plans to major in pre-medical studies and hopes to go into the physician assistant program.
• The Brentwood girls basketball team rallied past Riverview, 64-45, last week in a Section 2-2A matchup.
The Spartans trailed by one point at halftime, then outscored the home team by a 40-20 margin in the second half.
Morgan Dryburgh (15), Anna Betz (15), Brittany Stewart (13) and Natalie Murrio (10) reached double figures for Brentwood.
• St. Francis Academy product Cathy Torchia ranks among the state's top all-time scorers in girls basketball with 2,340 career points, according to pahoops.org. Torchia played at St. Francis Academy, located in Whitehall, from 1986-90.
• Layni Ziegler poured in 24 points and was complemented by Meghan Dryburgh's 11, lifting the Seton LaSalle girls basketball team to a 44-42 section win last week against visiting Shady Side Academy.
Ray Fisher is a freelance writer.