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California blows past Jeff-Morgan, 80-40

| Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

California opened play in Section 5 AA in a big way by doubling up visiting Jefferson-Morgan, 80-40.

The Trojans (3-0, 1-0) jumped out to a commanding 23-4 lead after one quarter as Tanner Huffman scored 11 of his 28 points.

Cal was never in trouble from that point on as Brian Fisher scored a game-high 31 points, two under his career high.

Fisher scored nine points in each of the second and third quarters.

“We're playing really well right now,” said California coach Phil Pergola. “I like the way we are running the floor. But we will see what happens next week.”

The Trojans play Frazier and Brownsville next week.

Jeff-Morgan (2-3, 0-1) was led by Rece Henneman with 13 points and Dom Cage with 10.

Beth-Center 62, Frazier 58

The Commodores (1-3, 0-1) dropped their Section 5 AA opener as the visiting Bulldogs (3-1, 1-0) took advantage of a plethora of second half free throws.

BC made 18 free throws in the second half.

The teams were tied, 26-26, at intermission before BC outscored Frazier 17-12 in the third quarter.

Frazier was led by Charlie Manack with 17 points and 15 rebounds.

Paul Pellick and Roger Cline each scored 11 points for the Commodores.

BC was led by Zack Miller and Dean Holt with 16 and 15 points, respectively.

Frazier goes to California Tuesday.

Steel Valley 84,Elizabeth Forward 77

In one of the more high-scoring games of the night, EF (3-2, 0-1) got a game-high 30 points from JaQuan Davidson, but it wasn't enough as Steel Valley (2-2, 1-0) got 29 points from Dorian Broadwater and 23 from Ajan Smith.

EF also got 14 points from Matt Bernadowski.

The Warriors fell behind 27-12 after one quarter, but battled back to close the gap to just 60-56 going into the fourth quarter.

Greensburg Salem 56, Yough 55

The Cougars (1-4, 0-1) lost a heartbreaker in their Section 3 AAA opener as Greensburg Salem's Max Ponzurick scored off an offensive rebound with seven seconds left to pull out the win.

Yough was led by Josh Sterner with 17 points, Ben D'Amico with 16 and Dom Miele with 10.

Patrick Boyer had 19 and Ponzurick added 14 for the Golden Lions (1-3, 1-0).

Girls

California 49, Carrick 32

The Lady Trojans' successful road trip in Pittsburgh produced another win as Courtnee McMasters had a triple-double with 19 points, 10 steals and 10 rebounds.

Teammate Tristen Conaway had 12 points and 10 steals and Natalie Baron added 10 points.

Carrick (1-3) got 15 points from Chardonay Littlejohn and 14 from Kelsey Brooks.

California (3-0) has played three straight games in Pittsburgh and the trek continues today when the Lady Trojans visit Ellis School at 3 p.m.

Elizabeth Forward 41,St. George's, R.I. 38

EF (4-1) picked up its first win in the KSA Classic in Orlando, Fla. However, there was no information available on the game.

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