High school roundup for Dec. 5, 2023: Mt. Lebanon beats North Allegheny in 3OT thriller

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Tuesday, December 5, 2023 | 11:23 PM


Riley Farabaugh scored 32 points to lead Mt. Lebanon to a wild 83-80 victory over North Allegheny in three overtimes in nonsection boys basketball Tuesday night.

North Allegheny’s Anthony Sciote hit a shot from half-court to tie the game at the end of regulation and Tigers teammate Ty Iwanonkiw hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to tie at the end of the first overtime. Mt. Lebanon’s Liam Sheely hit a putback to tie as time expired at the end of the second overtime.

Nathaniel Girod added 16 points, Brody Barber had 15 and Sheely finished with 13 for the Blue Devils (1-0). Sciote made six 3-pointers and finished with 26 points. Iwanonkiw hit four 3s and had 18 points for the Tigers (0-1).

Aquinas Academy 75, Propel Andrew Street 73 – Jake Guillen scored 30 points to power Aquinas Academy (3-0) to a nonsection win. Sam Duer added 14 points and Jonah Burchill and David Zaharko had 11 each. Raymon Russell led Propel Andrew Street with 22 points. Ahmir Calhoun and Darryl McCullough each had 16 and Christian Terry added 13.

Armstrong 60, Kiski School 54 – Ian Olsen led all scorers with 17 points, Isaiah Riggle scored 15, Ben Bartolovic added 13 and Jack Valasek chipped in with 10 for Armstrong (2-1) in a nonsection win over Kiski School (0-2). Chris-Jay Brewster scored 14 and Radomir Bryzgalov had 13 for the Cougars.

Avonworth 69, Shady Side Academy 60 – Rowan Carmichael led with 32 points, Matt Farrah added 14 and Noah Goetz had 13 to lead Avonworth (3-0) past Shady Side Academy (2-1) in a nonsection win. Eli Teslovich scored 25 points and Seamus Riordan had 21 for the Bulldogs.

Belle Vernon 64, Steel Valley 53 – Zion Moore scored 27 points and Trevor Kovatch and Tommy Davis added 15 points apiece for Belle Vernon (1-1) in a nonsection win. Nahjer Nooris scored 16 points and Nate Yuhas had 12 for Steel Valley (0-3).

Beth-Center 74, California 64 – Brody Tharp buried seven 3-pointers and racked up 40 points to lead Beth-Center (1-2) to a nonsection win over California (0-1). Santino Revi and Jonah Sussan each scored 12 points for the Bulldogs.

Burgettstown 72, Western Beaver 57 – James Leuice led Burgettstown (2-0) with 35 points and Zack Schrockman added 22 in a nonsection win. Nathan Schwarz scored 23 points and Jon Backur had 15 for Western Beaver (0-3).

Burrell 43, OLSH 40 – Macky Bennis scored 16 points and Esau King-Buchak had 11 to lead Burrell (2-0) to a nonsection win. Jake Johnson and Vann Kavals scored 12 points apiece for OLSH (2-1).

Cheswick Christian Academy 65, Beaver County Christian 44 – Grant Rochkind had a double-double with 30 points and 18 rebounds, Sean Louis added 14 and Brady Rochkind scored 12 to lead Cheswick Christian (2-0) to a win against Beaver County Christian (2-1). Hunter Mozley had 17 points and Rocco DeSanto finished with 10 for Beaver County Christian.

Deer Lakes 71, Freeport 60 – Billy Schaeffer scored 20 points and Collin Rodgers added 20 to lift Deer Lakes (2-1) past Freeport (1-2) in a nonsection game. Aiden Fletcher and Wayne Love each added 11 for the Lancers.

Elizabeth Forward 66, Plum 58 (OT) – Tyler Basic led with 23 points and Isaiah Turner followed with 21 for Elizabeth Forward (1-1) in a nonsection win. Owen Proskin scored 27 points and Will Beckner had 14 for Plum (1-2).

Fox Chapel 54, Hempfield 42 – Led by a career-high 13 points from Thomas Patterson, 11 from Jefferson Moorefield-Brown and 10 from Asher White, Fox Chapel (2-1) picked up a nonsection win. Caden Biondi scored 14 and Drew Gordon had 11 for Hempfield (1-2).

Gateway 56, Allderdice 51 – Alex Lowry scored 13 points and Alec Dunsmore added 12 to lead Gateway (2-1) to a nonsection win. Logan Golle scored 15 points and Major Rainey had 13 for Allderdice (1-1).

Jeannette 74, St. Joseph 19 – Jared Vincent scored 16 points and Isaiah Mallich had 11 for Jeannette (2-1) in a nonsection win. Gabe Maltese had seven points to lead St. Joseph (1-2).

Jefferson-Morgan 42, Bentworth 29 – Dayten Marion scored 15 points and Houston Guesman added 11 to lead Jefferson-Morgan (2-1 to a nonsection win. Ross Skerbetz scored 11 points for Bentworth (1-1).

Kiski Area 58, New Castle 45 – Kiski Area continued its early season run of success as senior Isaiah Gonzalez scored a game-best 25 points in a nonsection victory. He was balanced with 14 in the first half and 11 in the second. Terry Martin and Colin Keller each added eight points in the victory.

Jake Musselman’s layup late in the first half gave the Cavaliers a 31-21 lead at the break, and they extended the advantage in the third quarter.

Kiski Area’s largest lead of the game – 22 points – came on two occasions in the fourth quarter. A 3-pointer from Keller made it 57-35 with less than four minutes left.

Damarian Harrison led the Red Hurricanes (2-1) with 16 points, while Ralph Blundo added 13.

The win was an early birthday present for Cavaliers coach Corey Smith, who turns 40 on Wednesday.

Knoch 69, Quaker Valley 44 – Derek Lang scored a career-high 21 points to lead Knoch (2-1) past Quaker Valley (2-1) in a nonsection matchup. Jackson Bauman added 13 points and Teegan Finucan had 10 for the Knights.

Lincoln Park 97, Beaver 67 – Six players scored in double figures as Lincoln Park (3-0) beat Beaver (2-1) in Section 2-4A. Brandin Cummings dropped 27 points, Meleek Thomas added 16, Vinnie DePaula had 12, Rhaki Lum scored 11 and Dorina Clark McGhee and Mikey Crawford each finished with 10 for the Leopards. Brady Mayo scored 27 points for Beaver.

Monessen 56, Charleroi 54 – Lorenzo Gardner dropped 18 points and Rodney Johnson had 12 in Monessen’s (1-0) nonsection win. Bryce Large scored 17 points and Jake Chambers and Brock Henderson added 11 points apiece for Charleroi (0-3).

Montour 67, South Fayette 59 – Ama Tening Sow produced 26 points, Jake Wolfe scored 14, Colton Straight added 11 and Kaleb Platz had 10 for Montour (1-1) in a nonsection win. Michael Plasko drained six 3-pointers and finished with 25 points while Gavin Orosz added 18 for South Fayette (2-1).

Neighborhood Academy 72, Eden Christian 55 – Courtney Wallace dropped 23 points, John Wilkins followed with 22 and Shamar Simpson finished with 13 points to lead Neighborhood Academy (3-0) to a nonsection win. Nathan Garrett scored 25 points for Eden Christian (0-3).

Neshannock 72, Brashear 32 – Anthony Bonner scored 24 points, Jake Rynd added 15 and David Kwiat had 13 as Neshannock (2-1) defeated Brashear (2-1) in nonsection play.

Penn-Trafford 49, Norwin 48 – When Norwin took its first lead of the second half on a pull-up jumper by Chris McKnight with three seconds left, Penn-Trafford’s Brayden Stone saw an opportunity to be a hero. Stone drove the length of the court and made a layup to beat the buzzer and lift the Warriors (2-1) to a nonsection victory over the rival Knights (1-2).

“I took what they gave me,” Stone said. “I wanted to make a play if it was there.”

Penn-Trafford did not have a player score in double figures, but Jason Sabol had nine points and Tyler Boss and Tyler Freas had eight apiece.

Norwin (1-2) rallied from an 11-point deficit at halftime to set up another tight finish for Penn-Trafford, which went to double overtime in its first two games.

Mario Csukas made a pair of late 3-pointers, the second with 1 minute, 13 seconds remaining to cut the deficit to 47-46.

McKnight led Norwin with 16 points, Alex Graney added 11 and Csukas scored 10.

Peters Township 70, Keystone Oaks 38 – Cam Mills scored 19 points and Dylan Donovan added 16 as Peters Township (2-1) picked up a nonsection win. Jack Dunbar added 12 for Peters. Erond Jakupi led Keystone Oaks (0-3) with 12 points.

Pine-Richland 67, Highlands 62 – Carson Bear and Emery Moye each scored 17 points to lead Pine-Richland (1-0) to a nonsection win. Doolin Stober had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Bradyn Foster led Highlands (1-2) with 25 points. Jordyn Tavarez had 19 and Cam Reigard added 16.

Serra Catholic 72, Seton LaSalle 71 – Isiah Petty scored a game-high 28 points, Pete Burke followed with 22 and Owen Dumbroski added 15 as Serra Catholic (2-1) narrowly beat Seton LaSalle (2-1) in nonsection play. Patrick Weldon dropped 27 points and Hayden Merchant added 10 for the Rebels.

Slippery Rock 58, Ellwood City 51 – Anderson Franco made four 3-pointers and scored 18 points, Josh Book had 17 points and Levi Prementine finished with 16 points as Slippery Rock defeated Ellwood City (0-2) in nonsection play. Joe Roth made three 3s and finished with 34 points for the Wolverines.

South Allegheny 79, Albert Gallatin 48 – Mike Michalski scored 20 points, Cam Epps added 13, Drew Cook finished with 18, and Jeston Beatty Jr. and Shane Rudberg each dropped 12 points for South Allegheny (3-0) in a nonsection win. Blake White scored 17 points and Mykel Belt added 14 for Albert Gallatin (1-2).

Southmoreland 60, Greensburg Salem 28 — Ty Keffer scored 30 points and Noah Felentzer added 10 for Southmoreland (2-0) in a nonsection win over Greensburg Salem (1-2).

Sto-Rox 49, Carlynton 43 – David Johnson scored 15 points and Shalen Burton chipped in 10 as Sto-Rox (1-0) beat Carlynton (1-2) in nonsection play. Ryan Lewis had 15 points and Jaydin McKnight added 11 for the Cougars.

Thomas Jefferson 78, Baldwin 67 – Evan Berger had a game-high 32 points and Noah Prosser added 17 points for Thomas Jefferson (3-0) in nonsection play. Nathan Richard produced 26 points, Nathan Wesling had 16 and Caden Cherico finished with 12 for Baldwin (2-1).

Uniontown 87, Connellsville 32 – Jamire Braxton (20), Jeremiah Hager (17), Notorious Grooms (16) and Calvin Winfrey (12) all scored in double figures to lead Uniontown (2-0) to a dominating nonsection win against Connellsville (0-3).

Waynesburg 64, Carmichaels 37 – Alex Vansickle scored 20 points and Dane Woods and Cole Headlee added 15 points apiece for Waynesburg (1-2) in a nonsection win. Brayden Andrews scored 12 points for Carmichaels (1-1).

West Allegheny 46, Central Valley 33 – Brandon Bell scored 20 of his 30 points in the second half to propel West Allegheny (3-0) past Central Valley (0-2) in nonsection play. Isaiah Jeter scored 17 points for the Warriors.

West Greene 55, Avella 52 – Lane Allsion dropped 20 points while Parker Burns (14 points, 12 rebounds) and Matt Wassil (13 points, 14 rebounds) each produced a double-double for West Greene (1-0) in nonsection play. Westley Burchianti scored 17 points and Bryce Wright had 13 for Avella (1-2).

Yough 51, South Park 41 – Terek Crosby scored 30 points and Austin Matthews added 11 for Yough (3-0) in a nonsection win. Danny Batista scored 18 and Luke Scarff had 11 for South Park (2-1).

Girls basketball

Altoona 60, Mt. Lebanon 45 – Melana Eyer led all scorers with 20 points, Lanie Wilt added 14 and Jaiden Krull scored 10 as Altoona beat Mt. Lebanon (2-1) in nonsection play. Payton Collins sank four 3-pointers and finished with 16 points for the Blue Devils.

Brownsville 66, Frazier 41 – Sklyer Gates scored 26 points and Ava Clark added 17 to lead Brownsville (3-1) past Frazier (2-1) in a nonsection win. Allie Yauch scored 14 points for the Commodores.

Carlynton 24, Steel Valley 18 – Lucy Vetter led Carlynton (2-1) with 12 points in a nonsection win over Steel Valley (0-3).

Central Valley 48, Laurel 25 – Izzy Miller led Central Valley (1-0) with 12 points in a nonsection win. Macey Cwynar scored six points for Laurel (1-2).

Charleroi 55, South Allegheny 46 – Bella Carroto led with 23 points, Camryn Musser added 15 and Riley Jones had 10 to help Charleroi (3-0) to a nonsection win. Gabi Jackson scored 15 points for South Allegheny (2-1).

Clairton 58, Westinghouse 8 – Iyanna Wade scored 30 points and Jamiya Childs had 11 for Clairton (3-0) in a nonsection win over Westinghouse (0-3).

Elizabeth Forward 43, Trinity 40 – Chloe Zombak scored 17 points to lead Elizabeth Forward (2-1) past Trinity (1-1) in a nonsection win. Sam Horne scored nine points and Maddy Roberts and Riley Corrins had eight points apiece for the Hillers.

Fort Cherry 46, Chartiers-Houston 43 – Olivia Kemp scored 12 points and Brooke Cornali added 11 as Fort Cherry (3-0) beat Chartiers-Houston (1-2) in nonsection play. Mia Mitrik scored 16 points and Allison Wingard had 13 for the Bucs.

Fox Chapel 68, Woodland Hills 48 – Skye Barnes made four 3-pointers and finished with 28 points to lead Fox Chapel (2-1) to a nonsection win. Hope Hawkins scored 20 points and Jhalynn Wilson had 16 points for Woodland Hills (0-2).

Geibel 47, Propel Braddock Hills 25 – Emma Larkin scored 32 points to lead Geibel (2-1) to a nonsection victory. Meya Johnson led Propel Braddock Hills (1-2) with eight points.

Indiana 51, Latrobe 43 – Bella Antonucci led with 16 points, Laken Kugler scored 10 and Julia Antonucci added nine for Indiana (2-1) in a nonsection win. Elle Snyder scored 18 points for Latrobe (2-1).

Knoch 38, Mars 36 – CeCe Kosecki scored 11 points to lead Knoch (1-2) to a nonsection win. Alexis Cashdollar scored nine points for Mars (2-1).

Lincoln Park 89, Neshannock 38 – Maddie Syka and J’la Kizart scored 25 points apiece, Abbi Januzzi added 16 and Sarah Scott had 10 for Lincoln Park (3-0) in a nonsection win over Neshannock (2-1). Payton Newman scored 13 points and Rian Owens had 12 for the Lancers.

McKeesport 56, Blackhawk 37 – Led by 17 points from Brooke Evans and 14 from Madison Hertzler, McKeesport (3-0) won a nonsection game. Alena Fusetti scored 15 for Blackhawk (2-1).

North Hills 55, Beaver 28 – Olivia Waters scored 16 points and Gianna Sturdivant added 12 to lead North Hills (2-1) to a nonsection win over Beaver (2-2).

Serra Catholic 66, Sewickley Academy 27 – Abby Genes led with 18 points, Bri Battles added 15 and Riley Allebauch had 11 for Serra Catholic (3-0) in a nonsection win. Libby Eannarino scored 14 points for Sewickley Academy (2-1).

South Fayette 58, Upper St. Clair 55 (OT) – Juliette Leroux scored 22 points to help South Fayette (2-0) down Upper St. Clair (1-2) in overtime. Erica Hall added 16 points for the Lions and Lainey Yater scored 11. Rylee Kalocay had 30 points for the Panthers.

Shaler 39, Bethel Park 36 – Reese Smetanka led Shaler (1-2) with 16 points and Bayleigh Perez added 10 in a nonsection win. Ella Harmon scored 11 points for Bethel Park (1-2).

Yough 57, East Allegheny 11 – Hailey Bock dropped 21 points and Autumn Matthews scored 16 as Yough (3-0) rolled to a nonsection win. Ronniya Lawrence scored nine points to lead East Allegheny (0-3).

Hockey

Avonworth 9, Westmont Hilltop 0 – Cooper Powell had a goal and four assists and Baylor Kirsch made 14 saves to earn the shutout as Avonworth (8-1) defeated Westmont Hilltop (0-8-1) in Class A. Linus Jesionowski had two goals and two assists and Jake Seifarth collected a goal and three assists. Jack Dolan and Austin Dzadovsky each had two goals and an assist.

Franklin Regional 5, Penn-Trafford 2 – Luke Anderchak scored two goals and Jackson Falkner, Max Williams and Marc Gary added a goal apiece to lead Franklin Regional (4-2-1) to a Class 2A win. Jack Blank and Bryce Kropczynski scored for Penn-Trafford (3-4).

Hempfield 7, Bishop McCort 0 – J.J. Williams and Nick Eberhardt each scored twice while Colby Herron, Nick Crupie and Alex Smillie also scored for Hempfield (5-3) in a Class 2A shutout win over Bishop McCort (3-5). Spartans goaltender Evan Saltzgiver stopped 14 shots.

North Allegheny 6, Cathedral Prep 1 – Evan Perrotte scored twice, Marc Joyson scored a goal and had three assists and Luke Walkauskas had a goal and two assists as North Allegheny (7-2) beat Cathedral Prep (3-6-1) in Class 3A. Travis Lamark and Owen Logan each added a goal for the Tigers. Ethan Cunningham scored for the Ramblers.

Peters Township 7, Canon-McMillan 0 – Camden Martin scored a hat trick while Zach Palmieri, Troy Jones, Jeremy Poon and Luca Maietta each scored a goal to lead Peters Township (6-3) to a Class 3A win over Canon-McMillan (0-9). Kyle Thomas stopped 14 shots for the shutout.

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