Shorthanded Hounds drop to 0-3
It's been a long time since Monessen opened the season with three straight losses. In fact, the last time Monessen started 0-3 was in the 2007-08 campaign.
However, that's where the Greyhounds are today after a 66-56 loss to Class AAAA Norwin in the first round of the Franklin Regional Tournament.
The Greyhounds played without freshmen Lavelle Rush and Nick Payne, both of whom started early in the season. Yet, Monessen stayed close with the Knights (2-1) throughout.
The Greyhounds actually drew even, 43-43, late in the third quarter as Javon Brown scored nine of his team-high 15 points.
But in the fourth quarter, the Knights pulled away as Curtis Perz scored nine of his game-high 17 points.
Also in double figures for Monessen was Clintell Gillaspie with 14 points, nine in the second quarter.
“We played well at times, but at other times we looked timid,” said Monessen coach Joe Salvino. “We're going through some growing pains that we have to get through. It seemed like every time we would make a run, we would falter. A defensive error here or a turnover there. We just have to fight through that.”
The last time Monessen started 0-3, the Greyhounds rebounded to win the next eight straight games en route to a 19-7 season in Class AA.
Salvino is hoping for that kind of rebound from his young squad.
“We're playing big schools, but we never look for moral victories,” he said. “If we keep working hard and get a little more enthusiastic, I think we will be OK.”
Monessen plays Westinghouse, a 68-57 loser to Franklin Regional, in the consolation game at 6 p.m. today.
Uniontown 83, BVA 57
The Leps trailed the unbeaten Red Raiders by 10 points early in the fourth quarter before the hosts pulled away.
BVA (0-3) got 20 points from Jason Capco and 10 rebounds from Jake Sweitzer.
Uniontown (3-0) was led by Jordan Pratt with 23 points and Josh Linnen with 14.
BVA opens play in Section 4 AAA Friday at Ringgold.
Washington 62, Ringgold 57 OT
The Rams (1-1) got 18 points from Dayshore Majors, 12 from John Maldonado and 10 from Demetrius Louis, but it wasn't enough as they bowed in overtime to the Prexies.
Washington got a game-high 22 points from Billy Edwards and 18 from Josh Wise. Teammate Jaylin Kelly added 14 points.
The Rams outscored Washington 21-12 in the third quarter to take a 44-41 lead before the hosts battled back to force the extra period.
Burgettstown 63, Charleroi 55 OT
The Cougars (0-2) dropped a tough non-section game in overtime to the Blue Devils (2-2), despite getting 21 points from Eric Johnson and 11 from Matt Indorante.
Johnson scored seven points in the second quarter. Burgettstown got a game-high 24 points from John Sabo, including six three-pointers. Ryan Glover added 18 points.
Charleroi opens Section 5 AA play Friday at Beth-Center.
Carmichaels 61, Frazier 40
The Mikes (3-0) got 25 points from Brandon Lawless and never trailed after taking a 22-9 first quarter lead.
Frazier (1-1) got 11 points from Charles Manack.
E. Allegheny 74, Yough 41
The Wildcats outscored the Cougars 28-9 in the second quarter to take a commanding 44-13 lead and never looked back.
Yough (1-2) didn't have anyone in double figures while Jordon Williams scored 15, Joel Randolf 14 and Kaisaun McMillen 11 for the winners.
Yough goes to McGuffey Thursday.
GirlsCharleroi 43, Jefferson-Morgan 35
The Lady Cougars (2-1) got 12 points from Mia Woytovich and 10 each from Carina Gottheld and Lynsey Wright as they eased past J-M.
Gottheld scored six points in the first quarter as Charleroi jumped out to a 12-5 lead and never trailed after that.
Charleroi opens play in Section 5 AA at Beth-Center Thursday.
Carmichaels 43, Frazier 35
The Lady Commodores (1-1) scored just nine second half points as they bowed to Carmichaels in the non-section game.
Lauren Timko had 13 points for Frazier, which visits West Greene Thursday. Morgan Berardi had 20 points for Carmichaels (2-1).
Yough 55, E. Allegheny 23
The Lady Cougars (2-1) got 15 points from Natalie Peebles, including nine in the second quarter when the hosts went on a 24-7 run to take a 30-13 halftime lead.
Ashley Horner scored 13 points for East Allegheny.