Basketball

Belle Vernon’s Viva Kreis drives toward the net as Mt. Pleasant’s Tiffany Zelmore comes up with a block Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020 in girls’ WPIAL basketball at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
High school roundup for Jan. 23, 2020: Mohawk’s Karly McCutcheon sets school 3-point record for second straight game
January 24, 2020
In a span of a few days this week, Mohawk senior Karly McCutcheon left no doubt that she’s one of the top long-range shooters in WPIAL girls basketball.

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Busy night of WPIAL boys basketball littered with key games on Friday
January 23, 2020
It has been six years since the Thomas Jefferson boys basketball team finished with a winning record. Barring a collapse, the Jaguars will finish this season with a winning record and possibly a lot more.

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Gateway’s Lexi Jackson scores over Armstrong’s Sophia Dobransky during their game Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, at Gateway High School.
Gateway girls grind out win over Armstrong
Armstrong girls basketball coach Kirk Lorigan joked that he started looking in the stands for James Naismith, because it felt like the cylinder hoops at Gateway’s gymnasium were replaced with peach baskets.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Ashleigh Connor drives to the basket against Bethel Park.
Last second shot by Mt. Lebanon’s Ashleigh Connor hands No. 1 Bethel Park its first loss
In Mt. Lebanon’s two-point loss to Imhotep Charter on Saturday in the MLK Showcase at Woodland Hills, Blue Devils sophomore Ashleigh Connor hit the front rim on a 3-pointer that would have won the game at the buzzer.

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Perri Page and Megan McConnell celebrate Chartiers Valley’s win over Thomas Jefferson on Jan. 23, 2020.
Perri Page beats buzzer as Chartiers Valley fends off Thomas Jefferson upset bid
Every possession was bound to matter when Thomas Jefferson and Chartiers Valley met Thursday night.

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Freeport’s Grace Soilis tallied eight points to help Freeport top Burrell, 61-33, Thursday evening at Burrell.
Freeport girls run win streak to seven, top Burrell to clinch playoff spot
The Freeport girls basketball team hasn’t lost since a Jan. 2 setback at North Catholic.

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Franklin Regional’s Aiden Carlisle (25) chases down a loose ball against Shaler on Jan. 10, 2020, at Franklin Regional.
Westmoreland boys basketball notebook: Depth boosts Franklin Regional
Franklin Regional has more depth than it did at the start of the season, and the longer bench could be what gets the Panthers into the WPIAL Class 5A playoffs.

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Leechburg’s Jake Blumer grabs a rebound over Bishop Canevin’s Nathan Kirsch Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 at Fox Chapel Area High School.
Balanced scoring effort leading Leechburg boys down the stretch
The Leechburg boys basketball team has been experiencing a bit of success over the past few seasons, and it could be partly attributed to the contribution from a core group of players.

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Fox Chapel’s Lorenzo Jenkins battles Norwin’s Jayden Walker for a rebound during their game Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, at Fox Chapel Area High School.
A-K Valley boys basketball notebook: 4 teams starting to find rhythm
Teams began the second half of section play this past week and hope to peak at the right time.

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Jeannette’s coaching staff, including coach Adrian Batts (bottom), instructs players during a timeout against Belle Vernon at the Hempfield tournament Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, at Hempfield Area High School.
Hard-working Jeannette boys basketball team soaring after slow start
Apparently, there are no actual days off at Jeannette.

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Shaler’s Maghan Lacey (13) defends against Fox Chapel’s Marrissa Ritter (33) Jan. 3, 2020 at Shaler High.
Slow starts hamper Shaler girls basketball team
Cornelious Nesbit wanted the Shaler Area girls basketball team’s Jan. 20 loss to Butler to serve as a spark.

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Shaler’s Jonah Young (3) defends against Franklin Regional’s Caden Smith (3) on Jan. 10, 2020 at Franklin Regional.
Defensive pressure helps Shaler reach top of Section 3 standings
Each game requires Shaler Area senior Chris White to rely on his powers of observation. When an opponent is bringing the basketball up the floor, White looks for keys on how to separate them from it.

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Chartiers Valley’s Aislin Malcolm (center) celebrates with teammate Megan McConnell during a recent victory over Moon.
Chartiers Valley girls basketball player Aislin Malcolm shows poise beyond years
If Aislin Malcolm had any ideas about going through high school as a two-sport athlete, they were quashed at an early age.

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Black and blue battle highlights a busy night of WPIAL girls hoops on Thursday
Last year, Peters Township was perfect in cruising to the Section 2-6A title.

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Vincentian boys, Woodland Hills girls debut in Trib 10 power rankings
One team in, one team out. That’s what both the boys and girls Trib 10 this week is all about.

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Knoch’s Nina Shaw drives past Indiana’s Hannah Scardina (left) as Knights teammate Lauren Cihonski (42) looks on during Monday’s game. Shaw had 15 points in Knoch’s 62-43 win.
Freshmen making impact all over A-K Valley girls basketball scene
January 22, 2020
From the first game of this season, Nina Shaw was a focal point of the gameplan for the Knoch girls basketball team.

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Southmoreland’s Sarah Pisula blocks the shot of Belle Vernon’s Farah Reader on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020.
Undefeated Southmoreland girls making noise, clamping down on opponents
The locker room at Southmoreland used to be a quiet place, all the ambiance of a library.

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Plum’s Kennedie Montue (21) is averaging more than 20 points this season and recently eclipsed 1,000 for her career.
A-K Valley basketball notebook: Plum’s Kennedie Montue eclipses 1,000 points
Kennedie Montue has shown a keen scoring touch the past three seasons for the Plum girls basketball team.

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Mt. Pleasant coach Scott Giacobbi earned his 200th career win Monday.
Westmoreland girls basketball notebook: Mt. Pleasant’s Giacobbi gets 200th win
Scott Giacobbi has been through peaks and valleys while coaching the Mt. Pleasant girls basketball team.

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Chartiers Valley’s Brayden Reynolds drives to the basket past South Fayette’s Brandon Jakiela during their game Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, at Chartiers Valley High School. Reynolds scored a game-high 19 points, as Char Valley won, 54-43.
High school roundup for Jan. 21, 2020: Chartiers Valley fends off South Fayette
Brayden Reynolds scored 19 points and first-place Chartiers Valley held off one of its chief challengers in Section 2-5A, picking up a 54-43 victory over South Fayette on Tuesday night.

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