Basketball

High school roundup for Jan. 18, 2019: Penn Hills wins 6th straight game
January 18, 2019
It took two overtime periods, but Penn Hills maintained its winning streak. Marshall McArthur scored 17 points as the Class 5A No. 4 Indians defeated Fox Chapel, 60-59, in a nonsection boys basketball game Friday night. It was the sixth straight win for Penn Hills (12-2). Arnold Vento had 26

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Chartiers Valley boys cruise past Trinity in Section 2-5A
When the night began, Chartiers Valley and Trinity were next door neighbors in the Section 2-5A standings with both teams even in the loss column. However on the court Friday night, the Colts and Hillers were worlds apart. After beating Trinity by 23 points last month, Chartiers Valley was king

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Riverview boys can’t slow down Summit Academy
Summit Academy's only Section 1-2A loss to date was Dec. 14 against Riverview. The Knights didn't want to see a repeat and eventually finished the night in sole possession of first place. Summit opened up the game in the second period and rolled to a 74-49 victory over the Raiders

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Helm-led Greensburg Central Catholic rallies past St. Joseph
Greensburg Central Catholic exacted some revenge on first-place St. Joseph, but it did not come easy. The host Centurions had to piece together a second-half rally to regain control and take down the Spartans, 62-54, on Friday night in Section 3-A boys basketball. Senior guard Geoff Helm scored a game-high

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No. 5 Franklin Regional boys top Hampton in low-scoring Section 3-5A game
Steve Scorpion has tweaked Franklin Regional's defenses in recent days, adding a few new wrinkles that section opponents haven't seen yet. andquot;We've been tinkering with some things,andquot; said Scorpion, who deployed a new-look matchup zone in the second half Friday night, a strategic switch that helped No. 5-ranked Franklin Regional

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Longtime Plum basketball coach Ron Richards finds new home on the court … as official
Ron Richards said he typically gets the same reaction from either a former coaching colleague or a fellow referee that sees him wearing the black and white striped officiating shirt for the first time. andquot;Both the officials and the coaches look at me and laugh,andquot; he said. Richards carried a

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Pine-Richland girls look to turn effort, improvement into victories
The wins may not be stacking up for the Pine-Richland girls basketball team, but at the halfway point of the season, coach Tom Reighard can say one thing with certainty about his squad -- they bring their hard hat every night, literally and figuratively. andquot;I have a hard hat, like

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Gateway girls aspire to capture section championship
Yes, the Gateway girls basketball team is the reigning WPIAL Class 5A champion. But one thing the Gators weren't able to achieve a year ago on their way to their historic postseason run was win the section championship. That's a goal for this year, and it remains doable as the

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Quaker Valley girls basketball team hopes to continue strong start
Quaker Valley's girls basketball team thought it had a good chance to qualify for the WPIAL Class 4A playoffs this season. Through the first month of the campaign, the Quakers' play has shown they can contend for one of Section 2's four postseason spots. A 44-41 win at Hopewell put

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Latrobe pulls out of Woodland Hills basketball showcase
Latrobe boys basketball will not play in the MLK Weekend Stand Against Violence Showcase at Woodland Hills. The WPIAL Class 6A No. 1-ranked Wildcats (12-2) were scheduled to play District 1 Abington (12-1) at 2 p.m. Saturday as part of the 35-team, three-day event. But Latrobe shut down all school-related

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Ellis School girls beat Riverview for 1st time since 2006-07 season
January 17, 2019
It was a quarter coach Keith Stitt and his Riverview girls basketball team would like to forget. The Raiders trailed by four entering the third quarter of Thursday's Section 2-2A matchup with Ellis School. But they were unable to score a point in the frame. The Tigers scored 17 in

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High school roundup for Jan. 17, 2019: Penn-Trafford girls upset No. 2 Penn Hills
The No. 2-ranked Penn Hills girls basketball team had won six straight games and was unbeaten through the first round of play in Section 3-5A. Then the Indians went to Penn-Trafford. Stephanie O'Donnell scored 11 points to lead the host Warriors to a 42-38 overtime win over the Indians (11-4,

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This time, Neshannock girls hold off Beaver comeback
Neshannock made sure there was no slipping Thursday night. After watching a late lead evaporate in 47-46 loss to Beaver in the WPIAL Section 1-3A girls basketball opener on Dec. 13, the Lancers were determined to avoid that. The game came down to the final possession again, but Neshannock held

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No. 4 Gateway girls hold off challenge from No. 5 Franklin Regional in Section 2-5A
Just about every time Gateway coach Curtis Williams gathered with his girls basketball team during timeouts he asked, andquot;OK, who has Caliandquot; It was a familiar refrain echoing from the Gators' huddle. Gateway made sure it kept track of Franklin Regional senior guard Cali Konek as she moved through the

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Shaler boys see road to success in pushing pace
Starting slow isn't what senior guard Colton Schott wants to see from the Shaler boys basketball team. When the Titans are at their best, they are moving quickly. If things stagnate, like they did during Shaler's 68-60 win Jan. 15 at Plum, climbing out of holes can be much harder.

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Young North Hills girls basketball grows from challenges
After one run-through of its Section 1-6A schedule, the North Hills girls basketball team is finding wins hard to come by. Coming into the season, lofty goals such as winning the section title would have been a tough ask for a young Indians (2-9, 1-5) squad that carries more freshmen

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Young Bishop Canevin boys basketball team begins to jell in 2nd half of season
Friday night, the Bishop Canevin boys basketball team gets a rematch with Monessen, the only team to defeat the Crusaders through the first half of Section 2-A play. The Greyhounds pulled away from the Crusaders, 65-44, in that Dec. 21 meeting. Bishop Canevin led Monessen early, but the Greyhounds eventually

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A-K Valley basketball notebook: Stretch run for playoff contenders
The WPIAL basketball season is hitting its stretch run, as girls basketball teams began the second half of section play Thursday. Boys will do the same Friday. If the standings at the midpoint of the section season are any indication, there should be some intriguing playoff races in the Alle-Kiski

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Westmoreland high school basketball notebook: Brozeski subs fast and furious
Norwin girls basketball coach Brian Brozeski joked he has a timing mechanism in his pocket during games that alerts him when to substitute players. Watch a Knights game, and it's like hockey line changes: three in, three out; four down, four up. While a number of teams like to whittle

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High school roundup for Jan. 16, 2019: Upper St. Clair boys rebound to beat Allderdice
January 16, 2019
The Upper St. Clair boys basketball team showed off its ability to rebound Wednesday night. A day after losing their first game of the season to Section 2-6A rival Mt. Lebanon, the Panthers upset one of the state's top teams, Allderdice, 58-51. Chris Pantelis had 28 points, and Dave Pantelis

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