McKeesport caps girls summer league season
A regular-season schedule of nine games each for 26 high school teams was just enough to keep the contenders sharp in the McKeesport Girls Basketball Summer League.
The intensity picked up in the playoffs. Norwin defeated WPIAL Class AAAA champion Penn-Trafford, 53-41, in the title game last week at McKeesport High School. It capped a seventh season under McKeesport coach Eric Smith, the league director.
“Eric does a great job with the summer league program,” Norwin coach Brian Brozeski said. “We've always attended there. He runs a great league, and he accommodates everyone's needs. If there's a school picnic or a prom, he calls to make sure we can avoid any conflicts. He maximizes everyone's opportunities. The league is well-run, and we are very fortunate to have it in our backyard.”
Teams from Butler, Pine-Richland, Latrobe and Burrell were among the large field that made up three varsity divisions. A schedule for junior varsity teams began last week.
“It's probably the biggest girls basketball league in Western Pennsylvania,” Smith said. “They're coming from all over the place. Teams were traveling over an hour to play in our league because there's great teams there. We had hardly any teams that forfeited because they know the seriousness of it. They know if they get there, they're going to get some good looks from other teams.”
Norwin finished first in Division A with a regular-season record of 9-0. Penn-Trafford and Bethel Park were 8-1 atop Division B, and Serra Catholic won Division C with a 7-2 mark.
“We were really fortunate to have everybody there,” Brozeski said. “There's always so much going on at this time of year. It's difficult to assemble a full team a lot of times. But we went to the summer league with a focus of getting the team better. We were able to get some playing time for everybody. We rotated a lot of people into the lineup.”
Norwin will return a total of 10 seniors and juniors, including forward Alayna Gribble, the McKeesport Daily News Player of the Year.
Dave Mackall is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.