Basketball

WPIAL boys basketball rankings for week of Dec. 16, 2018
December 15, 2018
Rankings Boys basketball Class 6A Team, record, previous 1. Latrobe, 4-0, 2 2. Butler, 4-0, 3 3. Upper St. Clair, 4-0, -- 4. Pine-Richland, 2-2, 1 5. Mt. Lebanon, 3-1, 4 Out: Canon-McMillan (2-2, 5) Class 5A 1. Mars, 3-0, 1 2. Moon, 4-0, 3 3. Penn Hills, 2-1, 2

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McCoy’s dunk sparks Greensburg Salem in win versus Jeannette
With widened eyes, Shamar McCoy saw the ball into his grasp, secured it tightly and trampolined upward. The delicate pass inside from sophomore Christian McGowan was just as sweet as McCoy's finish: a two-handed stuff early in the fourth quarter that helped reshape the game for Greensburg Salem in a

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Class 6A Latrobe too much for Valley
Both coaches agreed games like this matter. For the winner, especially, so does the outcome. Bryce Butler scored 15 points, and Ryan Sickenberger added 13 to lead unbeaten Latrobe to a 75-46 victory over Valley on Saturday at the Westmoreland County Coaches' Association Showcase at Hempfield. Latrobe (5-0), ranked No.

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Lowe’s buzzer-beater lifts Monessen over Burrell
Taylon Lowe spent fewer than two seconds on the court Saturday as Monessen faced Burrell at the Westmoreland County Coaches Association Showcase. But the Greyhounds junior guard made the most of it. Monessen inbounded after a timeout with 1.7 seconds left and the score tied, and Lowe found the ball

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Norwin boys use strong second half to pull away from Kiski Area
Sensing the need for a spark coming out of halftime, Norwin coach Lynn Washowich turned to a defense he hadn't used all season. The switch changed the tempo and changed the game, as Norwin rallied from a five-point halftime deficit for a 62-46 win over Kiski Area on Saturday in

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WPIAL girls basketball rankings for week of Dec. 16, 2018
Rankings Girls basketball Class 6A Team, record, previous 1. North Allegheny, 4-0, 1 2. Peters Township, 4-0, 2 3. Bethel Park, 4-0, 3 4. Norwin, 4-0, 4 5. Seneca Valley, 5-0, -- Out: Mt. Lebanon (2-2, 5) Class 5A 1. Chartiers Valley, 3-0, 1 2. Mars, 4-0, 2 3. Oakland

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Big man Kerr carries Derry over Greensburg Central Catholic
Add John Kerr to the list of impressive local big men you probably never heard of. The rangy, 6-foot-6, 195-pound center from Derry is making a name for himself this season. He has been a force for the Trojans, scoring inside, altering shots and running the floor like a guard.

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High school roundup for Dec. 14, 2018: Upper St. Clair rallies past Peters Township
December 14, 2018
Tanner Gensler scored a school-record 42 points as Upper St. Clair rallied to defeat Peters Township, 86-81, in a Section 2-6A boys basketball game Friday night. The Panthers' Chris Pantelis hit a game-tying 3-pointer with two seconds left to send the game into overtime. Upper St. Clair (4-0, 1-0) trailed

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No. 1 Pine-Richland boys hit triple digits, top No. 4 Mt. Lebanon in Class 6A showdown
The hoop must have seemed extra large to Pine-Richland's boys basketball players in an offensively historic performance. No. 1 Pine-Richland beat No. 4 Mt. Lebanon, 101-82, in a Class 6A showdown. It was the second triple-digit scoring effort in the last 15 seasons for the Rams. andquot;Mt. Lebanon is a

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Shady Side Academy makes statement, beats Burrell 61-27
Burrell won a share of the Section 3-3A championship last season with a physical, grind-it-out, defensive style of basketball. Shady Side Academy, one of the teams the Bucs split that title with, knew the formula to beat Burrell, and worked it to near perfection. Using a full-court pressure defense, Shady

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Bowles leads Woodland Hills past Gateway in Section 1-5A opener
Keandre Bowles doesn't shy away from responsibility. Woodland Hills' 6-foot-3 senior guard felt he was passed a torch from Amante Britt, who moved on to Slippery Rock University after graduating as the Wolverines' all-time leading scorer. During Woodland Hills' Section 1-5A opener Friday night at home, Bowles showed he was

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Jeannette boys slog through victory over Brentwood
A potentially high-scoring WPIAL boys basketball game turned into a snoozer at Jeannette, where the third-ranked Jayhawks muddled their way to a 52-40 victory over Brentwood on Friday night. andquot;We got off to a great start,andquot; Jeannette coach Adrian Batts said. andquot;Then, we stopped doing what we were doing. We

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St. Joseph edges Greensburg Central Catholic in Section 3-A opener
Two schools that both had rare WPIAL playoff misses last season were anxious to start the road back to the postseason Friday night. St. Joseph, in the first section game between the two schools since the late 1970s, used a strong effort on the defensive boards in the fourth quarter

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Expectations high for Thomas Jefferson, Brentwood, Baldwin girls basketball
Here's a look at girls basketball teams in the South Hills record coverage area: Thomas Jeffeson Lisa Fairman is back home. After serving as coach of the Belle Vernon girls basketball team for seven seasons, Fairman, a Thomas Jefferson graduate, has taken over as floor boss of the TJ girls

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Brentwood girls, Carrick boys defend titles at Brentwood tip-off tournament
Both Brentwood basketball teams were finalists this year at the Brentwood High Athletic Boosters tip-off tournament. The girls squad won its sixth consecutive title, defeating West Mifflin, 53-37, in the championship game. The boys squad dropped a 61-42 decision to defending champion Carrick in the final game of the tournament.

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Quaker Valley swimming gold medalist Besterman switches sports this winter
Quaker Valley girls basketball player Sophie Besterman gave up a promising career in another sport to play this season. Besterman, a junior, would have been the top returning performer on the Quaker girls swimming team, on which she shined the past two seasons. andquot;I always enjoyed playing basketball, but in

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Basketball showcases on tap in Saturday’s 3 things to watch in high school sports
Tis the season for one-day showcase events. The trend in high school basketball in recent years is for teams to participate in one-day events for various causes held on Saturdays in December and January. One of those events takes place Saturday at Hempfield and will feature seven boys basketball games

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No. 4 Sewickley Academy girls edge No. 2 Vincentian Academy in section opener
December 13, 2018
Vincentian Academy's hopes were destroyed as quickly as they were revived in a chaotic ending to a sloppy girls basketball game Thursday night. The Royals, on the heels of an 8-0 run in a 30-second span with two minutes remaining, had evened the score at 34-34. There were just a

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High school roundup for Dec. 13, 2018: Clark leads Thomas Jefferson past Moon
Jenna Clark scored 26 points as Thomas Jefferson knocked off Moon in a Section 1-5A girls basketball game Thursday night. The Jaguars (3-1, 1-0) opened a 22-10 lead in the first quarter. Freshman Reilly Sunday scored 31 points and added 10 rebounds and five steals for Moon (2-2, 0-1). North

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Apollo-Ridge girls hold off Burrell in Section 1-4A opener
Amid a flurry of activity as the final seconds ticked off the clock in the first half of Thursday's Section 1-4A girls basketball opener between Apollo-Ridge and Burrell, Morgan Gamble released a 3-point shot that banked home. Her successful field goal enabled the Vikings to complete a second-quarter rally from

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