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Fox Chapel boys unbeaten in hoops

| Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, 9:01 p.m.

The Fox Chapel boys varsity basketball team (6-0, 2-0) remained unbeaten with a 66-54 Section 2-AAAA win over Franklin Regional on Dec. 18.

Brian Papich led the way with 24 points. Billy Urso went six for six from 3-point range and finished with 20 points, while Matt D'Amico scored 17 points and snared 17 rebounds.

The Foxes traveled to Woodland Hills on Friday and escaped with a 67-62 win.

The Foxes held a 51-50 lead entering the fourth quarter and were able to hold off the Wolverines.

Matt D'Amico erupted for a career-high 38 points, while Papich added 13.

“That was a great performance by Matt and we needed it,” FC coach Zach Skrinjar said. “That was a tough one and we were lucky to get out of there with a win.”

Skrinjar isn't taken aback by the Foxes' 7-0 start.

“I thought if we executed the game plan every night, we'd be in the position we're in,” he said.

FC girls

Fox Chapel improved to 6-0 and 2-0 in Section 2-AAAA with a 60-43 win at home over Franklin Regional on Dec. 18.

The Foxes jumped out to a 40-23 lead at the half. Alexa Yaksich and Erin Mathias each scored 16 points, while Kayla Slovenec added 14. Mathias also had 12 rebounds and five blocked shots.

Coach Meghan Meabon's team stayed perfect with a 60-42 road win over Woodland Hills on Friday.

The Foxes wasted no time getting the jump on the Wolverines as they raced out to a 15-6 lead after the first quarter and increased it to 31-14 at the half.

Mathias had 17 points, 15 rebounds and six blocked shots, while Taylor Cohen and Kayla Slovenec each scored 13.

“Erin has no doubt been leading the way but we're getting contributions from everybody,” Meabon said. “It's nice to have a perfect record but we have a lot of tough section games left.

SSA boys

Shady Side Academy beat South Allegheny, 48-29, in Section 3-AA action on Dec. 18.

Aaron Horn scored 12 points, while Kyle Olander added 11.

The Indians traveled to Oakmont on Friday to take on Riverview. SSA fell by a 37-36 score as the Raiders' San Gonsowski hit a shot with five seconds left.

Horne led SSA with 10 points.

SSA girls

In a nonsection matchup on Dec. 18, Shady Side Academy dropped a 33-32 decision to Kittanning.

The Indians trailed by 22-14 at the half and 30-26 entering the fourth quarter.

Gaby Harchelroad led SSA with 14 points and Audrey Koi added eight.

The team bounced back to beat Riverview in a section contest on Thursday, 59-51. The Indians trailed by 45-42 entering the fourth quarter but outscored the Raiders by a 17-6 count.

Koi scored 20 while Jane Sheerer added 14 and Rori Cain scored 10.

The Indians traveled to Butler on Saturday for another nonsection game and were dealt a 58-21 loss. Butler led by 18, 30-12, at the half.

Emily Natoli led the Indians with eight points.

“Last season was like a roller coaster ride and it looks like this year will have its ups and downs, too,” SSA coach Audrey Scott said.

“We just aren't playing consistently.”

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