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Cold 4th quarter sinks Hounds

| Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, 12:01 a.m.
California girls' basketball coach Chris Minerd has the Lady Trojans off to their best start in years.
California girls' basketball coach Chris Minerd has the Lady Trojans off to their best start in years.
BV Area girls' basketball coach Lisa Fairman makes a point to her players during a time. the Lady Leps are off to a 5-1 start this season.
BV Area girls' basketball coach Lisa Fairman makes a point to her players during a time. the Lady Leps are off to a 5-1 start this season.

These are definitely different times for Monessen and Allderdice in boys' basketball.

Monessen played in the last two WPIAL Class AA championship games, winning one. And Allderdice — a Class AAAA school — has won the last three Pittsburgh City League titles.

However, going into Thursday's non-section meeting at Monessen, the two teams had a combined 1-8 record.

In the end, it was Allderdice (2-3) pulling away for a 55-38 win.

The Greyhounds (0-6) trailed 36-35 going into the fourth quarter when Allderdice went on a 13-0 run to open up a 49-35 lead.

Clintell Gillaspie ended the streak with a three-pointer, but it was the only basket the Greyhounds scored in the entire quarter.

Allderdice was led by Lavelle Sagers with 16 points, including nine in the first half. Jordan Smith and Javaughn Mountrie each added 12 points.

Monessen was led by Justice Rawlins with 13 points, including six in the first quarter when the hosts took a 12-7 lead. Gillaspie finished with 10 points.

The Greyhounds, who have yet to play a school under Class AAA, resume at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the first round of the Gateway Holiday Tournament against Jeannette.

Steel Valley 68, BV Area 40

The Leps (1-5, 1-1) started slow and ended slower in the Section 4 AAA road contest.

Steel Valley (4-2, 3-0) took a 14-7 lead after one quarter and later outscored the Leps 24-8 in the fourth quarter to win going away.

Ajan Smith led the winners with 26 points, including 10 in the last quarter.

BVA was led by Jake Sweitzer with 15 points while teammate Ryan Thomas added 11.

The Leps are off until Wednesday when they play in the Charleroi Holiday Tournament.

GirlsBV Area 82, Waynesburg 43

The Lady Leps (5-1, 2-0) rolled in the Section 4 AAA contest as Jessica Slagus had another big night.

Slagus scored 30 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for BVA while her sister, Kaitlyn, scored 14 points and Natalie Bashada added 12.

BVA started quickly, racing to a 24-8 lead and the game was never in doubt after that.

“I told the girls beforehand we had to start strong and that's exactly what they did,” said BVA coach Lisa Fairman. “We're playing pretty good basketball right now. I'm proud of the girls.”

Charleroi 50, S.S. Beaver 40

The Lady Cougars (5-1, 3-0) kept on rolling in Section 5 AA as Mia Woytovich scored 16 points and Carina Gottheld added 13.

SSB (3-4, 1-2) got a game-high 20 points by Sara Androlia.

Charleroi gets back into action tonight with a non-section game at Carmichaels as the Lady Cougars will put their four-game winning streak on the line.

California 60, Burgettstown 33

The Lady Trojans (6-0) remained unbeaten on the season with the easy non-section win as Tristen Conaway scored 17 points, Courtnee McMasters had 16, Brooke Clements 11 and Natalie Baron 10.

Conaway also had 12 rebounds and seven assists while Conaway had nine rebounds and four steals and Baron had five assists and five blocks.

California took an 18-4 lead after one quarter and the rout was on.

“I don't remember the last time a California team has ever been 6-0,” said Cal coach Chris Minerd. “All I know is our last section title was in 1982.

“We've got an experienced team that is playing well and we're also getting good minutes off the bench from our younger players.”

Samantha Scopel scored 11 points for Burgettstown (0-6).

Elizabeth Forward 52, Thomas Jefferson 38

The Lady Warriors (6-1, 1-0) opened play in Section 4 AAA with the win as Kylie Owoc scored 19 points and Dana Buck added 12. Teammate Natalie Fekula grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds.

McGuffey 90, Bentworth 38

The Lady Bearcats (2-5, 1-2) were never in this one as McGuffey (5-1, 2-0) bolted out to a 27-15 lead after one quarter and upped the advantage to 60-26 at halftime.

Sammie Weiss scored 25 points for McGuffey while Cassie Weiss added 22.

Taylor Pompei scored 12 points for Bentworth.

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