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Charleroi girls open '5' play with 51-32 win

| Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, 12:11 a.m.

It didn't take new Charleroi coach Joe Grodz long to pick up his first section victory.

The Lady Cougars traveled to Beth-Center in a Section 5 AA opener and returned home with a 51-32 win.

Charleroi (3-1, 1-0) broke open a close game by outscoring B-C 29-13 in the second half after holding a shaky 22-19 lead at intermission.

“We struggled a little bit in the first half and then we made some adjustments in the locker room and came out on fire in the third quarter,” said Grodz. “We just couldn't make a shot in the first half. It was one of those things because we got some great looks. The shots just wouldn't fall.”

Leading the Lady Cougars were Carina Gottheld with 14 points, Rachel Ritzer with 13 and Mia Woytovich with 12.

B-C (1-3, 0-1) was led by Anna Bartman with a game-high 19 points.

Charleroi resumes section play at home Monday against Washington.

Washington 59, Bentworth 31

In another Section 5 AA opener, Washington rolled over visiting Bentworth, 69-31, as the Lady Prexies raced to a 16-5 first quarter lead and never looked back.

Taylor Ellis and Mya Gordon had 11 points each and Alyssa Wise and Tajah Gordon each had 10 for Washington (2-2, 1-0).

Bentworth (1-3, 0-1) was led by Taylor Pompei with 10 points.

Bentworth hosts South Side Beaver Monday.

Greensburg Salem 65, Yough 18

The Lady Cougars (2-2, 0-1) were never in the game as Greensburg Salem (1-2, 1-0) raced out to a 28-2 lead after one quarter. The gap widened to 46-7 at halftime.

Greensburg Salem was led by Jayne Oberdorf with 20 points, while Karli Mellinger added 14.

Yough hosts Uniontown Monday.

Frazier 38, West Greene 29

The Lady Commodores (2-1) won the road non-section game and will travel to Jefferson-Morgan Monday.

Last night, Cassidy Guiser scored 11 points to lead Frazier while Madison Rader had 18 points for West Greene.

South Miami, Fla., 53, Elizabeth Forward 49

The Lady Warriors (3-1) lost their first game of the season in the KSA Holiday Tournament in Orlando, Fla. There was no other information available.

BoysCalifornia 86, Mapletown 26

California opens play in Section 5 AA tonight at home against Jefferson-Morgan after rolling over Mapletown, 86-26, in a non-section game.

The Trojans (2-0) got 28 points from Tanner Huffman and 26 from Brian Fisher in the easy win.

Cal jumped to a 28-9 first quarter lead and the rout was on as Huffman hit three of his six three-pointers. Fisher added eight points in the period.

In the third quarter, Fisher scored 10 points and Huffman added nine on three treys.

Mapletown (0-4) got 10 points from Eric Riggleman.

McGuffey 42, Yough 36

The Cougars (1-3) dropped a low-scoring non-section game despite getting 14 points from Ben D'Amico and 11 from Josh Sterner.

McGuffey was paced by Taylor Pasquariello with 17 points.

Yough opens play in Section 3 AAA tonight at Greensburg Salem.

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