High school roundup for Feb. 18, 2020: Central Catholic boys clamp down on Penn-Trafford

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 | 12:19 AM

Behind balanced scoring and strong team defense, No. 7 Central Catholic held off No. 10 Penn-Trafford for a 50-35 victory in a WPIAL Class 6A first-round game Tuesday night at Norwin.

Senior Ben Sarson had 11 points, and senior Colin O’Toole and junior Anderson Cynkar added nine apiece for the Vikings (13-10), who built a 26-16 lead at the half.

Senior Zach Rocco, an Army commit, led the Warriors (14-9) with 17 points.

Central Catholic will meet second-seeded Fox Chapel in Saturday’s quarterfinals.

Girls basketball

Clairton 61, Eden Christian 58 — Behind 24 points from Iyanna Chapman, the fourth-seeded Bears defeated No. 13 Eden Christian in a Class A matchup. Evanti Gibson added 15 points and Taylor Jackson had 12 for Clairton (19-3), which jumped out to a 32-23 halftime lead.

Taylor Haring scored 18 points and Haylee Fleischman added 17 for Eden Christian (8-13), which outscored Clairton, 35-29 in the second half.

Clairton will meet No. 12 California in Friday’s quarterfinals.

Avella 54, Propel Andrew Street 12 — Brianna Jenkins had 11 points and Avella scored the first 23 points of the game en route to a Class A first-round victory. Breanna Lloyd added 10 points and Bess Lengauer added eight for seventh-seeded Avella (17-6), which will meet No. 2 West Greene in Friday’s quarterfinals. Keeley Brockington led No. 10 Propel Andrew Street (8-15) with four points.

Sewickley Academy 53, St. Joseph 27 — Sixth-seeded Sewickley Academy scored 33 consecutive points through the second, third and fourth quarters to pull away in a Class A first-round game. The No. 11 Spartans (3-20) trailed 17-13 late in the second quarter, but the Panthers (13-10) used a 7-0 run to end the half and scored the first 26 points of the second half. They outscored the Spartans, 22-0, in the third.

Bre Werner led the Panthers with 14 points and Kamryn Lightcap scored 10. Trinity Lockwood-Morris paced St. Joseph with 10 points.

Sewickley Academy advances to play No. 3 Vincentian Academy in the quarterfinals at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Shaler.

Watch the archived broadcast of Central Catholic-Penn-Trafford or listen to the archived broadcasts of Clairton-Eden Christian, Avella-Propel Andrew Street and Sewickley Academy-St. Joseph on Trib HSSN.

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